Mikeâ€™s one of my favourite Facebook ‘friends’, heâ€™s outspoken, laid-back, fun and not creepy.
He lives in Ghana, very dedicated to the business he runs and plays hard as well.
I may have gone to school with him, I donâ€™t remember.
He has understated chauvinistic opinions but in a way that adds to his humorous personality because you really donâ€™t want to believe that heâ€™s serious about the things he says.
Mike seems like heâ€™ll be a riot in person, every once in a while Mike and I would talk on Face Book chat â€“ about what heâ€™s been up to, his strong mistrust of his government and how he thinks I should be living my life, short fun conversations that breaks up the monotony.
Mike has one repeated request though; heâ€™s wants to see pictures, close to the end of our conversations heâ€™ll just put it out there â€œso, any new pictures?â€
I gave him the link to my flickr account once, he came back and said he wasnâ€™t looking for pictures of â€˜thingsâ€™ Iâ€™d photographed; he wants pictures of me. Iâ€™m sure he tries this with all the â€˜girlsâ€™.
Mike and I talked yesterday, we hadnâ€™t spoken in months, things are going well for him, he still hates the government and he has broadband now, so heâ€™ll be online more. I try not to belabour my point when he insists heâ€™s good to drive after several bottles of beer. And then he asks for those photos, I tell him Iâ€™m taking more pictures now and blah blah blahâ€¦ thatâ€™s exactly how he probably hears it because he insists on those shots of me.
I give him a link to a flickr set of photowalks, thereâ€™re a few shots of me there. Mike browses for a few minutes and comes back with this; â€œNice pictures, but I think you could do better with a bit more short dresses, donâ€™t you think?â€
I LOLZ it away because, oh Mike heâ€™s so funnyâ€¦ but heâ€™s not done yet, â€œYou should try some short skirts and shorts too, and stop wearing trainers, youâ€™re a sweet lady, get some high heelsâ€
Iâ€™m a little dumbfounded so I try to inject weakly â€œbutâ€¦ these are photos of me in a park thoughâ€
â€œYes, but you should try and show more of your assets, donâ€™t wear slacks, get some shorts and high heels when youâ€™re going the next timeâ€ He says.
I decide Iâ€™m fighting a loosing battle and I really donâ€™t want to make excuses, I say heâ€™s right, Iâ€™m wrong and thanked him for his help. Next time Iâ€™ll wear high heals and short shorts to walk the Seawall, besides I see people do it occasional and think theyâ€™re idiots but I guess theyâ€™re friends of Mike.
He goes on to give me this piece of advice â€œYou have to have a bit of tease in you, I saw some of your backside in the slacks, we want to see more of thatâ€
â€œOkâ€ I say
But then he leaves me with these parting remarks â€œIf you want to become a pro in photography, you have to make your pictures look like itâ€™s about to explode in your faceâ€
Huh? Iâ€™m confused; I have to dress like a slut to take great pictures? Iâ€™m not sure what oneâ€™s got to do with the other but I donâ€™t ask Mike.
I start to think that maybe heâ€™s on to something so I talk about this to the only sympathetic person I know. Guy listens quietly for a while and then says â€œIf you care so much about this personâ€™s opinions then wear some of those â€˜inappropriateâ€™ clothes your mom complains about, take pictures and send them to him, Iâ€™m sure his face would explodeâ€
Hi Elsa, you are a terrific writer. I love reading your blog, you always manage to make me laugh. I think your pictures are very good, I also think facebook Mike is creepy 🙂 Can't wait to see more of the photographs you take – I love the dragon.22 July, 2009 at 6:46 pm
Thanks Esi… you're very kind and I'm glad I make you laugh 🙂23 July, 2009 at 12:47 pm
Thanks Esi… you're very kind and I'm glad I make you laugh 🙂23 July, 2009 at 4:47 pm