Review: Angel 15 by Hosieree

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Review: Angel 15 by Hosieree

I checked the mail and found a large envelope from one of my favorite hosiery retailers, Hosieree.com. Inside were a couple of pairs of their new seamless pantyhose. One pair for me, one for my model to show off in front of the camera. I love my job.

Europeans do it better. I don’t know what the deal is, but European hosiery mills just create nylons, tights, and pantyhose that look and feel vastly better than anything from American hosiery companies. Those of you who say you hate wearing hosiery owe it to yourself to try some of the better European brands. Here’s the kicker – they are often the same price as the garbage you are buying from American hosiery makers.  “Where can I buy these fine European nylons that you speak of?”, you ask?  Hosieree.com is my favorite, because they are based in the USA (New Jersey), and they ship very quickly.

Today we are reviewing one of Hosieree’s in-house styles, the Angel 15 seamless pantyhose. It’s a seamless style, which means that there are no seams in the panty portion. Normal tights have a seam that runs up the front and back and is joined in the crotch area with a cotton patch called the “gusset”. NONE of that exists on these. The same sheer, silky fabric of the leg just continues all the way up to the waist, every square inch, uninterrupted. It’s kind of crazy to look at them and wonder how in the world they knit these things. I have no clue. Magic, I suppose. The result is that they FEEL like magic.

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Wearing tip:  Go commando when you wear these. Wearing anything underneath them totally defeats the purpose of a pair of nylons that won’t create lines, and, they just feel really good on your skin.  I’d consider these low-rise, as they will sit pretty low on your hips. For those of you that are used to old school pantyhose that go half way up your rib cage, this is a completely different situation.  There is plenty of length in the leg. For those of you who are a bit taller or hate feeling your nylons sag in the crotch, you will love the Angel 15’s.

Construction features: They are billed as being 15 denier (denier refers to the thickness of the fabric, the higher the number, the thicker and more opaque it is). They feel more like a 12 denier, for what it’s worth.  Some hosiery feel slippery and shiny on your skin – these feel soft and have a more matte appearance. My model, Allison obviously is wearing a black pair.

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Ever seen a man wearing nylons and heels? Here you go. I’m wearing them in Daino, which is their slightly darker nude tone. I have very fair skin, and still these managed to disappear onto my legs, making them look more even toned and like I actually spend time in the sun.  They do have a seam in the toe, but no reinforcement, so if you want to wear open toed shoes, it’s possible – just tuck that seam away. Let’s be honest though. If you are going to wear hosiery, wear closed toe shoes. If you MUST wear open toed shoes, it’s not a hosiery day.

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Click here to get your Angel 15’s at Hosieree.com

All of these photographs are my work. If you’d like to book me for photography, click here.  Okay, a few more pictures of Allison. She’s just so pretty….

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Taboo Topics, Social Media and a Pretty Girl

I’ve been feeling the wind start to shift for a while now. That shift is becoming more apparent.  A few days ago, I posted a photo from a recent shoot on Facebook and Instagram.  It got banned for “violating community standards” (pornography). Here is the image. Judge for yourself.  Yeah it’s sexy, but it’s also well within the standards. I’m not sure who reported it, or why the moderators at Instagram & Facebook proceeded to remove the photo. One way or the other, it’s a reminder that those platforms are not mine. I’m a guest in their house, and I have to play by their rules, no matter how stupidly or incorrectly they apply them._DSC1617_v2_BW final_edit_1500w 72ppi

I have two other friends who are very polarizing public figures who have depended on Facebook for their business, who have been severely harassed by Facebook. Cat Palmer, a controversial photographer and artist in SLC, had her Facebook page permanently disabled because someone accused her of impersonating…. herself.  Seems like that should be pretty easy for Facebook to sort out, but, no.  She lost 7 years of audience and community building and had to start a new Facebook account from scratch.  Men’s coach Sean Whalen was banned for 5 days for a mere controversial political post.  It’s a well known fact that Facebook and Instagram (Instagram is owned by Facebook, by the way), use algorithms to determine what you do and don’t see in your news feed. THEY DECIDE.  Facebook has become the mainstream media.

I’ll pass, thanks.

Though I’ll continue to use all of the social media platforms, here’s how it’s going to be moving forward:  What you see on social media will just be a watered down version of my work. If you want the full strength stuff, you’ll have to come here, to my website.

Things are getting crazy out there, ladies & gentlemen. Every week I’m a bit more amazed at how insane the world is becoming. Our society is quickly spiraling downward into a state of handing over our liberties for the illusion of security. This is a dark place that never ends well.

AND YET – I am hopeful!  As crazy as things are, many brilliant opportunities, technologies, ideas, and leaders are emerging!

The fact that you are even here reading this leads me to believe you are one of the few in society who care about social progress, life, love, and liberty. Otherwise, you probably wouldn’t like or care about my work. The way I see it, you and I are freedom fighters. This next war is not going to be fought with guns, though – it will be fought with ideas.  The battle ground is the life of the individual. The social progress we all crave will not come from the top down anymore. That’s an old paradigm that has died. The revolution will happen from the bottom up. One liberated individual at a time.

My goal is to create things that make you smile, inspire you, and ultimately, help you share the ideas of life, love and liberty in a fun way with the people in your circle. You are a leader. My goal is to help YOU become a more effective leader of those in your world. 

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Sex, politics, and religion… these are the taboo topics. The things you get in trouble for bringing up at family dinner. So often the sensitive topics are the very ones that need to be discussed. So often these topics are the battle ground for freedom in the 21st century. It’s CRITICAL that you and I become very skilled at discussing difficult ideas in a way that relaxes and inspires people, rather than putting them on the defense. It’s my hope that the podcasts, books, photographs, and comedy that I create will help you facilitate that.

I’ve relied a lot on Facebook to put out word about new stuff over the past few years. It’s proving to be less and less reliable, and I have no faith of that improving, so it’s time to get serious about the email list.  If you want to receive email notifications about cool new things, get on board my mailing list:

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That being said, welcome 😉

Here are some more of the photos from my shoot with Allison, for your viewing pleasure.

Makeup by Amber Dawn Powell

Hosiery by Cecilia de Rafael & Hosieree.com

 

 

Catching up with Cat Palmer

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Cat Palmer is an institution of Salt Lake City, and one of my most dear friends. We’ve done many interviews on the radio, but lets be honest. The FCC regulations prevented us from ever sharing our most interesting conversations with you.

I fixed that problem.

The Paul Duane Show is now totally independently produced!  I’ve backed away from traditional broadcast radio to focus on serving my Internet radio / podcast listeners.

On today’s show, Cat and I discuss everything from her various art projects, the history of Playboy, her grooming habits “down there”, and her very first shoot featuring men.

Check out the Salt Lake Tribune’s write up on Cat’s “Last Supper” shoot:  http://www.sltrib.com/entertainment/2963981-155/salt-lake-city-photographer-sets-table

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Thoughts. Ideas. Weirdness from my brain, delivered into your mailbox: In your mail box:

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Confessions Of A Boudoir Photographer

For the past decade, I’ve been in the rather odd position of getting paid to have women get naked, or nearly so, in front of my camera. Some are for commercial clients such as hosiery companies. Some are everyday people who want to give sexy photos to someone special as a gift. Sometimes that special someone is themselves.  Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way about myself, people, and life:

  1. _DSC5635watermarkedThere are no perfect bodies. No matter how amazing you think someone looks on the street, those clothes hide some secrets. Everyone, no matter how seemingly perfect, has something that must be “dealt with” either in Photoshop, or in their own mind.
  2. I feel a lot of pressure:  Our society is saturated with images of perfection, and none of us are totally immune to it. I feel a huge responsibility to make my clients look amazing. It’s one thing to  make someone look kind of chubby when they are in their Christmas sweater… it’s another matter when they have put themselves in the most vulnerable spot imaginable: naked in front of a stranger holding a camera. One wrong angle, lighting pattern, or critique of a photo could leave someone worse than I found them. Of course, the opportunity exists to create something that really lifts them up and makes them feel more beautiful. Either way, the fewer clothes, the higher the stakes. It’s a painstaking process.
  3. Everyone wonders if there’s anything sexy happening off camera. The answer is no.
  4. Editorial portraiture is more interesting to me than sexy photos.  Yes, sexy is fun to shoot, absolutely… and expression is even more fun. 
  5. I don’t get hot and bothered over nudity anymore. I love the female form. It is poetic. Like  rock star on stage with a guitar and streaming lights, like the angular Teton Mountains, its curves and texture and mystery begs to be photographed. And sure, I used to be more easily amused when I was a younger man. Now, it’s just part of the job, just another body. There’s one caveat: To my lover, girlfriend or wife: when you share your nakedness with me, with intention, in the context of our love connection, your bare flesh fascinates and excites me endlessly. It’s all about the connection.

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    Helmut Newton quote “the photographs don’t arouse me”

  6. Sexy is a state of mind. It’s all about feeling gratitude for your physical being. It’s about reveling in your 5 senses. It’s about enjoying your sexual nature without any shame. If you don’t feel sexy, there’s nothing I’ll be able to do photographically to change your mind about that. Please, be nice to yourself. Love yourself. Learn to feel really good in your own skin.
  7. The Last 1o lbs are a lie part 1: Oh, how I wish I could have a dime for every person who has said, “As soon as I lose 10 more pounds, I’m in coming in for photos”.  It never happens. Also, it doesn’t matter because I can sculpt the light and add or subtract “20lbs” from you by moving the light just a few inches.
  8. The Last 1o lbs are a lie part 2: I’ll make this personal, tell me if you can relate. I have often created some kind of line in the sand, a “finish line” of sorts, that when I cross it, I’ll allow myself to be happy / worthy / sexy / whatever/. The line either constantly moves, or when I cross it I find that I’m not much happier than I was before, and create another one to chase after.  Happiness / sexiness / worthiness is something I can give myself permission to feel right now. Today. The second I place it out there in “tomorrow”, I’ve lost a small battle with my own shame. Give yourself permission to be amazing TODAY. You aren’t going to do it tomorrow. I promise. Do it today. Like, right now, while you are reading this.
  9. My mother and I don’t talk about my work.
  10. Being on set is pretty boring.  If you were a fly on the wall, this is what you would see and hear:“Ah, okay… you look gorgeous right there. I love the way your breasts look in that light…”
    [adjust a studio light]”How’s your boyfriend doing these days?”[click, click]
    “Stop! Okay. To the right a little…”
    [try a different f-stop or aperture setting]”Yeah? I bet Hawaii would be an amazing spot for your anniversary”[click]
    “Alright, you look constipated. Breathe a little..”
    [goddammit, my light trigger didn’t work…]
    “Step toward me 3 and a half inches. NO MORE. come, come, come. STOP! Too far… go back. okay, almost there…””Do you think you’ll end up having any kids someday?”
    [hoping we get this shot in before the sun goes down and kills this great window light]
    “Suck in… belly in…. suck ! SUCK IN! HOLD IT… okay… GOOD!”[click click click click]
    [hate having to tell women to suck in their belly even when they don’t seem to have one]”Yeah, I’ve got two daughters, 16 and 18, they are awesome…”
  11. Playboy used to be fun. Now it’s about the articles. And how to properly set up lighting for skin.  Those guys are masters.

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    Not my photo… this glorious capture of the lovely Pamela Anderson was featured in Playboy Magazine in 1994

  12. Being a straight guy is a liability from a marketing perspective. See point #3 again.
  13. I’m in it for the money.  Look. I love photography, but I love riding my motorcycle even more.  If the money is right, I can be talked off of my bike, and into the studio. Regarding boudoir –   I’m really good at it, I create a very comfortable and positive experience for you, and that’s worth a lot of money. Also. Motorcycles are expensive. 😎
  14. I’ve seen lives change because of boudoir photography. One in particular comes to mind. I’ll call her “Rachel”. She entered my studio a plain-jane athletic type on the tail end of a failing marriage. Months later, I met her again. She almost looked like a different person. She was radiant, dressed in sexy, classy feminine ways, carried herself differently, and most importantly, started commanding the respect of people around her. She left her abusive husband, her business started booming, and she attracted an amazing love into her life. She explained, “I didn’t know that I other people could see me like that until I saw it in your studio”. This will forever be one of the high points of my photography career.

No matter what style I’m shooting, my artistic standard is best summed up in the words of Dr. Ferry Porsche, designer of the iconic sports car by the same name:

“If you can create something time cannot erode, something which ignores the eccentricities of particular eras or moments, something truly timeless, this is the ultimate victory.”

 

See more of my boudoir work, click the pretty picture below:

I am currently accepting new portrait commissions, and am available for travel nationwide. Contact me to discuss your photo shoot.

much love –
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Burning Man 2014 wrap up with Sarah Berry

The Man Burns in 367 Days!

Though Burning Man just finished, a countdown is always in motion. For the devout, Burning Man is more than the best party of the year… it is a way of life.  Preparations for each upcoming burn happen all year long, from the Burning Man Organization office in San Francisco, to the lives of the individuals who make the trek out into the Black Rock Desert every year.

I didn’t make it to the Burn this year. The reasons are several and more complicated than I care to discuss here; it may suffice to say that I did not prepare well and I was fucking horribly depressed last week. During the week of the Burn, I made a month by schedule of preparations which will ensure that in 2015, I will be watching The Man burn in person. #lessonlearned

It’s also the 1 year anniversary of the show! My experience at Burning Man last year was a key factor in my decision to take over The Jake Shannon show and turn it into The Paul Duane Show.  That year went by FAST….

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On today’s show, Utah Burner Sarah Berry joined me in the studio to tell tales from the Playa.  Now that Burners are arriving home, dusting off their gear and uploading photos, some great galleries of images are starting to emerge that give us a glimpse into the sights that emerged in the desert for one week and then disappeared into the ether…

Check out some of the great photo galleries that are showing up on the Burning Man blog:

http://blog.burningman.com/2014/08/photosvideosmedia/burning-man-2014-installations-part-one/

http://blog.burningman.com/2014/09/photosvideosmedia/burning-man-2014-installations-part-two/

… and some other photos by two of my favorite Burner photographers, Jashua Grover and Trey Ratcliff:

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Photo by Jahshua Gorver. See more of his work and join him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jahshua.grover

 

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Photo of the “Embrace” sculpture by Trey Ratcliff.  Over the years, he has created some absolutely incredible images from Burning Man.

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Embrace burning.  Photo by Trey Ratcliff. Check out his website:  http://www.stuckincustoms.com

Paul interviews Jake, Jake interviews Paul

Today I am joined in the studio by my dear friend, photographer-not-astronaut, Jake Garn.  Jake joins me often in the studio. He’s one of my favorite people in the world to have deep and ridiculous conversations with.  On past episodes, we have tromped through the headlines, making fun of them, tossed around various conspiracy theories, and just laughed a lot at the expense of those who wear their tinfoil hats too much.  Today it was our intention to provide a discussion with a little more substance than usual. In the first half of the show, I interviewed Jake about the value of passion and how that informs his work with Shoot For Love.  In the second half of the show, Jake interviewed me.

Here are some links to things we referenced during the show:

Language of inspiration – B&H Superstore in Manhattan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKxnY9T-_60

http://www.ted.com/talks/arthur_benjamin_the_magic_of_fibonacci_numbers.html

Lazy Rule of Thirds

http://jakegarn.com/the-rule-of-thirds/

http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html

 

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

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War of Art by Steven Pressfield

http://www.amazon.com/The-War-Art-Through-Creative/dp/1936891026

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Marianne Williamson

 

Adam Ant in SLC 23 July 2013

Every now and then I get to photograph a legend of sorts. Tonight was one such night:  I was able to photograph (and briefly meet) Adam Ant and The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse. I cannot claim to be well versed in Adam Ant’s catalog beyond the handful of 80’s radio hits and his new single, Cool Zombie, I really enjoyed the show. In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ant was asked how he classifies the genre of his music, pointing out that he often gets lumped into the new romantic era.  He identifies more closely with the post punk era, citing the Sex Pistols as an influence.  Tuesday night’s performance certainly was congruent with Ant’s proclaimed punk roots; the band rocked hard: 2 drummers. A bass player wielding a Fender P-bass thumping on a classic Ampeg SVT stack. A guitarist rocking a Fender Telecaster through a Marshal half stack. Eccentric front man dressed like a pirate, belting out pitch perfect vocals. These are the basic ingredients of rock ‘n roll, kids, and Ant did deliver. 80’s post punk is often synth driven and characterized by glossy production that was so popular in the 80’s.  Ant’s band breathed contemporary rock life into the songs while doing them historical justice.

 

 

minimaism, mobility, and WTF was up with July?

Has July been bat shit crazy for you? It sure has been for me. I’ve had to deal with some changes that I was not prepared for. One of my dear friends died unexpectedly. I went through some super weird stuff behind the scenes with The Paul Duane Show.  I took my life on the road.

Many of you have been to my Artspace apartment over the years. I’ve been there for almost 5 years. It’s been an amazing place to live. It has served as my home, my photography studio, the scene for many great parties, and the venue for countless deep, personal, profound conversations.  I’ve gone through some huge changes while living there.  When I moved in, I was spending my life working for the Postal Service, angry, cynical, and super agnostic.  As of Summer 2013, I’m full of confidence, intuition, and I’m happily self employed doing the things I love.

A few years ago I read about this guy who is a programmer and decided to live in a decked out Airstream trailer. He cruises around North America and camps wherever he wants, setting up shop for a week at a time in this continent’s most scenic places.  He’s got satellite internet, so he can do his work from literally ANYWHERE. Check out his blog: www.WhereIsKyleNow.com .  As a photographer and writer, I can, and WANT, to do something similar.  My life is pretty simple.  All I need to carry out my work is a laptop, internet connection, phone, camera, and some clothes.

SO…. I’ve done it.  I packed up, put a few things in storage, and left that apartment for the last time.

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See ya later, alligator. A nearly empty former photo studio / bedroom. Thanks for all the good times!

All of my tools and necessities fit nicely in the trunk of my car. For the next few months, I’m going to places like Lake Tahoe, Burning Man, Moab, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and a dozen little towns in between.  In between road trips, I’ll be in Salt Lake City to spend time with friends, have meetings, do photo shoots, and of course, do The Paul Duane Show. In between all of these things, I’ll return to port in Logan to spend some quality time with family: my brother, sister, nephews, parents, and my daughters all live up there.

One of my challenges in life is to be completely present in situations that I’m in. I tend to be about 98% present in any given circumstance, but that last 2% is where the gold is. My personal commitment is to use this time of living mobile to gain the habit of being fully in the present. I struggle with being distracted by my inner voices from fully enjoying the situations I find myself in.  I want to conquer that 2%. When I’m in something, I want to be ALL THE WAY in it.  The words of Charles Bukowski come to mind:

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”

I want to fully experience things and drink up the last bits of every experience, for God is so often in the details.  Next time I see you, let us toast to park benches, jail, isolation, rejection, and the only good fight there is.

I’ll wrap this up with two practical matters:

  1. I’m in couch surfing mode. If you have a spare sofa that I may sleep on for a few days during one of my stops in SLC, drop me a line here and let me know.  I’m looking to assemble a small list of places I can stay for a few days at a time.  I’ll try to cook dinner for you, read your Tarot cards, or do a portrait of you while I’m at your place.
  2. If you know people in other cities that want photography done – the kind I do – put them in contact with me.  All I need to justify a trip to a certain city is a couple of photo shoots in the course of a week.  I am a very capable of the following types of photography: wedding, family portraits, event photography, musicians / bands / concerts, boudoir, and model portfolio sessions.

I’ll take these trips. I’ll do crazy things. I’ll read lots of Kerouac, Ginsberg and Bukowski.  I’ll meet weird and wonderful people, and will show you their words and images on this blog. I’ll tell you how it all goes down on the road here, and on  The Paul Duane Show.  Stay tuned kids.

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The Secret Life of A Caboose

Paul Duane: Hey there Caboose, thanks for taking a minute out of your busy schedule for an interview.

Caboose: Make it quick, will ya? I’m pretty sure that they are coming for me soon. You know that Cabooses are coming back into vogue in the rail road world, right?

PD: I had no idea.

C: Sure as shootin’. All those hipster railroad engineers are wanting to go old school again.

PD: But I thought that technological advances like EOT’s and lineside detectors made Cabooses irrelevant.

C: Who you callin’ irrelevant, kid?

PD: Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it quite like that, I mean, I hear that they still use Cabooses on smaller local rail lines and when transporting hazardous waste…

C: So you’re saying all I’m good for these days is transportin’ dangerous garbage?

PD: No, I didn’t mean it like that, either. I’m sorry.  How are things with the ladies these days?

C: Well, I’m fixin’ to find out soon. I hear those hipster girls these days love a man with tattoos and experience. Have you seen all of the ink I’m sportin’ recently?

PD: I thought that was just graffitti…

C: You and your thinkin’ are the kind of thing that let them pinko-commies into the great U-S-of-A back in the 50’s.

PD: I’m really sorry, I didn’t mean for this to become a political debate.   How are you enjoying your stay here in Salt Lake City?

C: It’s an okay town, though I’m antsy to get on to Denver and Duluth by way of the Rio Grande railroad. They should be coming by any time to pick me up, have you seen them yet?

PD: No, this is Union Pacific territory, we never see Rio Grande around here.

C: Well that’s hogwash.

PD: Did you see the new Superman movie? What did you think?

C: I think Christopher Reeve does a fine job with that role, though I’ve often thought of movin’ to Hollywood myself to give actin’ a shot. I always thought I had a bit of the silver screen in me.

PD: Uh… Christopher Reeve died 9 years ago, and had been a quadriplegic for 9 years before that…

C: I don’t think them handicap jokes are funny, mister.

PD: No, no… I didn’t mean it like that… it’s just that there’s a new movie with Henry Cavill, it’s called Man of Steel, it’s getting great reviews…

C: Well, you best be gettin’. I’ve got to get ready for that train to come pick me up.  Should be here any minute.

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