Self-portrait with new blue socks

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Self-Portraits


blue socks

Yes, it’s cool enough here for wool socks (and today, long underwear).

This is my favorite self-portrait to date, I think. The blues make me happy. “ASUS” is one letter away from “ASS,” which I often am. It shows my front porch at mid-morning, which is where and when I feel most at home in the universe. And I like the comic inversion here and the suggestion of asinine ears. The only way this could’ve been improved, I think, would’ve been if I’d thought to take my shirt off and use a compact digital camera, as if this were a “sexting” shot.

The photo was both planned and unplanned. Rachel had asked me several weeks ago for front-porch photos of both pairs of socks she’s knitted for me so far. (The other and far more glorious pair can be seen on Flickr.) The light conditions yesterday morning were perfect, and since I was wearing the blue socks already, I was inspired to grab the camera and snap some pictures. But then I set the camera down and picked up the laptop… You can imagine the rest. Curiously, when I went to upload the photos to my laptop for processing, I discovered that the initial two or three shots of just my feet in the blue socks were missing, I’m not sure how or why. So I was forced to take seriously a photo I’d shot as a joke, on a whim.

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    1. They are both comfortable and good-looking. And even to my unpracticed eye, the knitting appears very expert (which Lucy, another knitter, verified when I stopped by her place last night).


  1. I can’t believe it’s so cool there! Now WE are melting. I suppose there is justice.


    1. I’m sure we are not out of the woods yet as far as heat is concerned. But after the summer we’ve had, I’m enjoying this early taste of fall.


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