Thursday, August 20, 2009

1. - "Perfect Behavior"

Soooo.... first post. I'm overly paranoid about people stealing my photos offline, so it's really dumb of me to write this blog, eh? Oh, well. Here's the first picture, day 1. I'm going to do a picture every day if possible, and say something about the picture. I want to try to take more photos this year (like I need too, ha!).

Photograph 1

This is a really funny old book, published in 1922 I believe. (My nana was 11! ... and she's 98 now!) Anyways, a day or so ago we went over to a friend's house for my little brothers' art class. While they were doing their art thingy, I sat with the grownups and took pictures of the family's parakeets (got some cool photos of them, too!). It was the first time I had been to the L.'s house, so Mrs. L. showed me around. It's really old and cool, and you have to go through bathrooms and other people's bedrooms to get to your own, it's sort of amusing. She then showed me a history book of the particular town they lived in; it had a list of all the past owners of the house. Well, one thing led to another and she showed me this book. I guess they found it in the house when they moved in. It got a plus with me immediately, cause it looked like it'd be awesome in a photograph. She read a little bit of it, it's hilarious! It's a satire of old-fashioned manners and rules... very funny. She didn't even realize it was a parody until I told her later on. We were about to leave and at the last moment I ran back inside and asked if I could borrow it. It has all sorts of funny things in it, what the etiquette is if you get run over by a car, how to get introduced to a lady if you don't have any of the same friends (burn down her house and help her up when she trips over the rope you put across her walkway when she flees the burning building), how to take care of a baby, etc. It's VERY amusing... I haven't finished it yet.

Here's an excerpt, I already typed it down on facebook, may as well copy and paste.

The Automobile one:

"It is never correct for young people of either sex to push older ladies in front of swiftly approaching motor vehicles or street cars.

A young man, if run over by an automobile driven by a strange lady, should lie perfectly still (unless dead) until an introduction can be arranged; the person driving the car usually speaks first."

The Engagement one:

"After you have secured the girl's permission, it is next nessicary to notify her father of the engagement. In this particular case, as he happens to be your employer, the notification can take place in his office. First of all, however, it would be advisable to prepare some sort of speech inadvance. Aim to put him as far as possible at ease, lead up to the subject gradually and tactfully. Abruptness is never "good for". The following is suggested as a possible model.

"Good morning, Mr. Doe, say, I heard a good story from a traveling salesman last night. It seems there was a young married couple - (here insert a good story about a young married couple). Wasn't that rich? Yes, sir, marriage is a great thing - a great institution. Every young man ought to get married, don't you think? You do? Well, Mr. Doe, I have a surprise for you, (here move toward the door). I'm going to (here open the door) marry (step out of theroom) your daughter."(close the door quickly)."


  1. That is a a pretty nice photograph of the book. I like how it was lit, appearently by a window or something. Also, it seems to start the blog off on the right note, even if the book is only a parody.

  2. Thanks. Actually, I was trying to find a window that had good sunlight and a wooden surface so I could take a picture like that. This is in my nana's attic in the afternoon, but there still wasn't quite enough light. It was darker and I liked it better but then I put in the watermark and it changed the photo, which is kinda annoying.