I've been meaning to update my photo for the blog, given what my daughter said about the existing photo making me look like a "sketchball." Anyway, I was due. The old picture is of me at 56. I'm now 60.
So, two days ago I took some selfies on my back porch. I needed to take the photos in bright light, otherwise my iPhone pics come out dark, like the current one. I tried to remain expressionless for the photos, but because the light was reflecting strongly off the porch, I couldn't help but squint.
I suppose, given the nature of this blog, all three expressions are appropriate.
Coincidentally, just the other day my son and I were watching The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and I mentioned that I'd been told in high school that I looked like Lee Van Cleef (the "Bad" of the title):
My son then pointed out that in fact I look more like Eli Wallach (the "Ugly"):
I prefer the Van Cleef comparison, even though he died at age 64 after years of heart disease and throat cancer. (Wallach died at 98 just three months ago.)
Personally, I plan to live to 105. And as I age, I intend to become even more skeptical and disdainful and hateful, all of which should be reflected on this blog.
In any case, as I stare out at you with those baleful eyes, try not to take it personally.