Are they like playing tennis in a volcano?

June 27, 2010


Johnson, you call yourself a news photographer? Just a few days ago we had that fiasco with the political shots in Germany, and now this?

What on EARTH is this photo you turned in from the Wimbledon tennis championships?

IRAQ-ELECTION/Oh. Yeah, Boss, I can explain that. There was an unexpected solar eclipse.

Johnson, they don’t have unexpected eclipses, and there wasn’t one yesterday!

Right. I was being artistic, Boss. I thought it would be real interesting to show how the match looks to somebody who is wearing a burqa. You know, one of those head-to-toe veils?

Are you out of your MIND? Why did you shoot it from so far away? Is this how it would look through a burqa if you were watching the match all the way from Dubai?

ECLIPSE/Actually I can explain that too, boss. I had to shoot from the rafters because I, um, traded my courtside press pass.

You TRADED it? For what?

Some magic beans, boss.

MAGIC BEANS? That’s it, Johnson. Get out. I’ve got nothing for you. No, wait just a minute, I DO have the PERFECT assignment for you. Have you ever heard of a G20 meeting?

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Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki serves to Italy’s Tathiana Garbin at the 2010 Wimbledon tennis championships in London, June 22, 2010. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A resident shows her ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Baghdad’s Sadr City, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

The sun is eclipsed by the moon during a stage of an annular solar eclipse in Suining, Sichuan province January 15, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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Medi-Donuts are not having the desired effect anymore. Anybody have something stronger?

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Dave, maybe Johnson will trade his magic beans. Larger than the sprinkles, try washing them down with something stronger than water. Or forget the beans and just drink something stronger than water!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Hey! Is that the new fingerPhone in purple? She won’t have to worry about where to keep it as it is surgically attached! Private conversations in her own burqa booth. No, Bill, do not ask if she has it on vibrate…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

You see the Ring before you die. Well, it’s been nice knowing everyone.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

In my book, tennis is another spectator sport that would be lots more enjoyable if the participants had weapons. But, then, most spectator sports would, wouldn’t they? Me, I love playing sports, but watching them being played? Not so much.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Tennis/Skeet Shooting matches. Kevlar vest for the line judge.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

I’m thinking, maybe, one should try to hit the opponent with the ball, which could be much more like a cannon ball. In fact, it would be a cannon ball. And the net would have to go.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

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Posted by Red tennis shoes, straw, Tristan’s tail, Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington, USA | Report as abusive

Doc…. ten paces, turn, then fire?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

And I am here…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Shra, I am surprised you are here! Does your new job give you six hour lunch breaks also? :)

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Thanks Unca…
Guess what Mr.Pilot… this place has access to Facebook too!!!!
Only trouble is that the boss sits right behind me and can see right into my desktop…
So, BG, careful about thise.. umm.. luscious pics you put up… will ya?
Y do I get a feeling he is going to use this sentence against me?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I’m sure that BG always carefully picks out the most luscious pics for you, Shra!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Jazz… I would so appreciate that if those pics are of Mr.Fab Abs… and not of bo*by girls and biker chicks!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Hmm … booby biker chick girls.
Taking notes, Mr. BG?

Posted by zeitgeist | Report as abusive

Just wait until tomorrow. I have a fashion post planned that is Ab City, but of course now Shra is going to have to decide whether it’s safe to open it…. It’s gonna drive her nuts.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

One biker chick Shra… and being the vain guy I am I like to think Mr. B. did so in honor of my new motorcycle. Is that so wrong?

Yes, I did in fact think the song was about me I did I did I diiiiiiid thank you very much.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Your boss can monitor your monitor, yet here you are checking in with the OE blog? Your success strategy for your new jobs is quite peculiar.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Mr.Pilot… you are very welcome…. I am sure they would be fine… i mean… i sure hope so….
Ummm…maybe i would have to quit OE…..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Nooooooo you would not.

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