What has become my M.O. began in the desert
If you are a Facebook friend or follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you have seen them. And even knowing me, you wonder what is THAT all about. You know, the surfing pose thing. It’s a common question. Here’s the story behind the Hang Ten photos.
The surfing pose began as a thought, albeit an insecure one. Friends Chystyna and Dave had decided to join me on what was then the first Valley Walk in December of 2009. The prior August we were out driving the valley to determine the starting point of the walk as well as the route. That morning we snapped a picture of the starting point.
After setting up the camera, I set the timer for 10 seconds and quickly positioned myself. It was planned that I would be in the middle. At that moment, all I could think of was these young 20 something year olds standing to my left and right and me as the old aging guy. It just felt uncomfortable. They were in shape … I wasn’t. It wasn’t that I was in bad shape, just inferior shape.
So in that instant, I dropped into a surfing pose. I don’t have a reason for that either! I have never surfed. Here is that first pose:
In December the day arrived to begin the Valley Walk, and we thought it perfect to re-enact the day we found the starting point. With hot coffees and warmer clothes (it was in the 40s that morning in December – COLD for Phoenix residents), we posed for the picture.
Since that day, I started “surfing” at opportune moments …. summiting a mountain or visiting a scenic area for the first time. Friends started to come to expect it. It was for fun. It became a way to break the boring pictures standing next to people/places/things.
My son commented it was my M.O. And so it is. The only person that PROTESTS participating with me is my own daughter …. although she has starred in a couple of them. I now have had a number of people ASK, hey, can we do a surfing picture?
(Top: Mime on 6th ST., Austin TX; Mid: Seal Beach, CA; Bottom: Jensen’s kitchen, Colorado visit)
One of the funniest things I saw was when I visited the Hollywood sign last spring. There was a young couple from Germany and they were posing having their pictures taken with the iconic sign in the background. He was doing that thing many young people are doing now in their pictures, jumping as high as they can and snapping the pic while they are in the air.
He offered to take my picture and of course, I dropped into my surfing pose.
Driving away, I looked back one more time at the sign. Guess who was having another picture taken – in the Hang Ten pose? I guess it is proof it has world-wide appeal.
It is indeed my M.O. While it started as a passing insecure feeling/thought, it is now a photo op I look forward to taking and sharing with others. Should we meet, we too, shall catch that moment with Hanging 10.
Here’s a collection I am keeping, Hang 10.