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Snippet: “Society is to Blame”

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Her: “Society has to accept it’s share of the blame for the violence it creates.”
Me: “If you think that you’re to blame for the actions of someone else, I suggest you turn yourself in and take whatever punishment is due, otherwise, you’re spouting drivel that even you don’t believe. Millions of people every year manage not to cause harm to anyone, yet you find the need to tar them with the same brush as people that do these things. In fact, when you look at things rationally, you’ll see that the overwhelming majority of people don’t hit, hurt or kill anyone in this country, that means that the majority of people know that to do so is wrong. Society has a pretty good handle on that. If there is any fault with society, it is the tendency to try and excuse or make light of bad behavior. Now if you want to talk jacked up, look at the government that society is saddled with these days. There’s states where being arrested three times for holding weed can put you in prison for life but if you murder somebody you can be out in 20 years. Where society has some blame in this case is that they don’t get rid of the legislators and prosecutors that push that sort of nonsense through, or dispose of the services of those that plea bargain down the value of a human life to something less than a few baggies of dried leaves.”
Her: “Your a judgemental bastard!”
Me: “No, merely observant. Otherwise you’d be able to attack the position and not the messenger, which you couldn’t do. People are no worse that they were years back, it’s just that now you have news from all over the world at your fingertips, where in the past, aside from major events, we only heard about what was happening in a roughly 50 mile radius from the TV or radio towers transmitting the news, or the press printing it. Now with a voracious “news” industry that needs to put hot news in front of viewers and readers to keep up ad prices, you have events that would have been a 20 second mention at most are now talked about for whole segments or entire days. That isn’t society’s doing, its actually inflicted on them. Today you’ll hear that somebody was murdered on the news and it will talked about endlessly before the details even come in and every rumor will be trotted out and then never addressed again. What you won’t hear about our ‘violent society’ now is that there are half as many murders as there were 30 years ago. That doesn’t sell adds and it doesn’t fill political coffers. News is driven by money, money has agendas,not principles,”
Me: “So, if anybody is being harshly judgmental about society, it’s you, not me,”
Her: “I pity your kids.’
Me: “Again, you can’t address the point so you try and fling barbs and dodge the issues at hand. In truth, anyone that has met my kid realizes she doesn’t need pity, they just need to stay the hell out of her way, because she thinks for herself and speaks her mind. I’m a big fan or strong women, I married one and helped raise one. So, anything to try and add to a productive discussion, or have you run out of facebook meme quotes and bumper stickers to argue with?”

Never made the friend list, but she blocked be so that’s the equivalent of a -1, especially since I got a “BURN!” from her husband.

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Snippet: Joker

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Him: “They’re ruining the Joker with this suicide squad thing, it’s unwatchable.”
Me: “Wait, you’re the one that says conservatives are assholes because they refuse to even talk about change. So, how do you balance your previous statements with what you just said about something you haven’t even seen yet?”
Him: “You’re a real asshole, you know that?”
Me: “Open-minded asshole there Mr Limbaugh 😉
Him: “But they’re fucking with the Joker! That’s sacred!”
Me: “Now you sorta sound like Ann Coulter.”
Him: “BASTARD! You are the bastardest bastard that ever bastarded!”
Me: “Can’t be, married parents and all of that.”

Friends List -1

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Snippet: Plus

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Her: “it must take a whole lot of work to make a plus size model look good.”
Me: “Did I forget to put out the dumbass repellent again?”
Her: “excuse me?”
Her: “jeebus how much are you typing?”
Her: “typing and typing and typing”
Me: “I’ll try and excuse you, but first I’ll have to mention that what you said was pretty screwed up. Dress size has nothing to do with either their attractiveness nor does it make them more or less photogenic. Implying that anyone over or under a certain dress size is incapable of looking good in a picture not only insults a lot of models, it insults my own ability to take a good picture. If models can relax and trust their photographers, then getting a good picture is actually a fairly simple thing. A bad portrait –of anyone — is usually caused by one of a few factors: The photographer is having a bad day. The photographer is clueless. The photographer does something stupid in photoshop. The model was nervous and the photographer wouldn’t/couldn’t get the model to relax. The model doesn’t trust the photographer. I’m sure there are other factors but those are the most noticeable. So, implying that a model and photographer can’t team up a make a good picture is an insult to both.”
Her: “enough photoshop and anybody can look good”
Me: “Then perhaps you need to run your own portfolio back through photoshop?”
Her: “what the fuck do you mean by that asshole?”
Me: “So when it is aimed at you, you can see how insulting that is but not when you imply it about others?”
Her: “GO FUCK YOURSELF!”

Friends list, -1.

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Snippet: “Feeling it”

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Me: “So why are you pissed off?”
Him: “somebody is giving shit for blowing off a freebie shoot.”
Me: “Why did you blow off a freebie shoot?”
Him: “wasn’t feeling it.”
Me: “Which means what in grownup?”
Him: “it didn’t pay and I didn’t feel like going.”
Me: “I see. So, check me on this. You promised someone a shoot, then blew it off because you weren’t ‘feeling it.’
Him: “so you’re going to give me shit too?”
Me: “Probably not, you’re defensive about it so you already know you screwed up, you just don’t feel like admitting it.”
Him: “yuou’ve never blown off a shoot?”
Me: “None that I can remember. I’ve gone ahead with shoots in bad weather, with migraines, swollen knees, and a times with a blown back that I recall, but I can’t remember ever experiencing anything as debilitating as ‘not feeling it.’ I mean hell, you tell somebody that you didn’t ‘feel’ it and they should go out of their way to forgive you for blowing them off.”
Him: “it was a freebie shoot, no big deal”
Me: “Except to the ones waiting on you, wait, did you warn them or did you just not show up?”
Him: “Done talking about this”
Me: “Answered that question anyway. Here’s the big deal, reputation. If you get a reputation for blowing off shoots then you get a reputation of being unreliable, unreliable is code for ‘do not give this peckerwood money because he isn’t trustworthy,’ so yeah, it’s more of a big deal than you seem to realize. How do you ‘feel’ about being broke and out of business.”
Him: “your a prick “feel” that?”
Me: “There isn’t enough liquor in the world to convince me to let you ‘feel’ that.

Friends List -1

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Chat Snippet: “Sexy Boudoir Shoot”

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I have a lot of random conversations through the interwebs, here’s a piece of one.

Her: “I had a woman that wanted a ‘sexy boudoir shoot’ but I had to tuen her down because she had a left sided masectomy and only has one breast and theres no way I could make her look sexy like that.”
Me: “There are times that I wish I lived near where some of you idiots are turning down gigs like this, you had a chance to do something amazing and screwed the pooch because you can’t wrap your head around the larger story here. She survived something traumatic and all you can visualize is scars. Lose my contact info.”

I’m all for people taking the clients that they want to, but seriously, why be a jerk about it? There’s a photographer for everyone out there, and if you find one that doesn’t fit, keep looking!

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Chat Snippet: Offensively Offended.

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I have a lot of random conversations through the interwebs, here’s a piece of one.

Her: “You know what I find offensive?”
Me: “People that go out of their way to be offended?”
Her: “No, what?”
Me: “Never mind, it’ll sink in eventually.”

Your ability to offended doesn’t give you a special right to control how others speak and feel, even if they actually are being offensive. Look at it this way, would you rather have someone be upfront about being a jerk or doing it behind your back? What complicates this is that people are going out of their way to be offended. If you don’t like a position on issues made by a politician then there’s people out there that will try and spin that disagreement into racism, sexism, or one of any other actual prejudices. You can dislike a person without disliking everyone like them.

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Chat Snippet: “Bewbs… yadda yadda and Yaha and so on”

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I have a lot of random conversations through the interwebs, here’s a piece of one.

Her: “I look at the stuff Yayahan wears and its like she’s never even heard of femimism!”
Me: “First, Yaya Han, two names there, it makes it sound like you confused her with Benihana. Second, a goal of feminism is for women to be able to wear what they want without being judged for it. So, she’s doing her part and wearing what she wants, when do you do yours and drop the judgmental crap?”
Her: “Typical make response “show me teh bewbs!”
Me: “So now you’re judging me on stuff that you (not me) said? If she wants to wear it, let her, when I hear that she’s being forced to wear something that she doesn’t want to, I’ll be grumpy on her behalf. For now, I’ll just stick to being grumpy with those that rattle off sexist drivel and those that try and shame people for being themselves, in other words, you’re no better than the “show me teh bewbs!” crowd.”
Her: “Your just a typical male asshole!”
Me: “Nah, I give it style… must be the beard… or the cane.”

Friends list: -1

I get so many variations on this sort of argument that I can’t even make a macro for a standard canned reply. Well, I suppose I could. “Quit judging people you asshat!” But it sort of lacks something.

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