The Little Things

Not too long ago I received this e-mail on Flickr:

Schmap East Coast Second Edition: Photo Inclusion
Hi Beth,

I am delighted to let you know that your submitted photo has been selected for inclusion in the newly released second edition of our Schmap East Coast Guide:

Cathedral of St. John the Divine


Thanks so much for letting us include your photo – please enjoy the guide!

Best regards,

Emma Williams,
Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

Ok, so everyone I know is a thousand times better at photography (I’d list them all, but I’d forget someone and then there would be hell to pay – so know that when I say “everyone” I mean in my finest Texas drawl “all y’all” and I’m guessing probably no one (including me) has ever heard of Schmap. This note, despite all of that, made my day for a couple of reasons:

1) I love almost all things Manhattan and this cathedral is one of my favorite stops. When I get those surveys from friends that ask “Name 5 places you’d like to be right now.” I always list “somewhere in Manhattan” (right after “sitting naked in front of the TV” because really… naked? Manhattan? one is a little cheaper (especially if no one can see you and there aren’t people around) Ok, I’m kidding about the naked. I just like the word “naked” and it’s funnier than “#1 – playing on my computer” that just seems lame) – ANYWAY – I don’t care whether I’m sitting in a cafe near Washington Square (because I couldn’t find a public restroom if the world depended on it and my best chance is to buy another drink at this place), shoving my way out of a subway car near Canal (warning: don’t look people in the eye – they go CRAZY – so I’m told) or winding my way around Midtown. Of course, I’d really just like to be walking around the Lower East Side dipping into shops, looking for movies to rent and watch at a friends and grabbing a slice of whatever Ray’s happens to be around the corner (Famous, Original, Son of Ray – it’s all good in a bad way). I’m pretty easy and there’s only so many times you can to Battery Park and say “wow, look at that water – it’s like looking at the Gulf of Mexico only this stuff looks cleaner”.

2) The picture. While *I* like the picture, I know it was taken with a disposable camera back in the day when my real camera was on loan and had been stolen from a friend’s house. Hey, it was cheap – the disposable camera, not my real camera – honestly, you people. AND the fact that on that picture are several ugly blue ink marks in the sky. You see, I had my New York pictures stacked for a long time and that ink represented some clever something written on the back of the picture in front of it. So, here’s this not so great quality picture with big ugly blemishes (that wink at me every time I look) and some how it made it into picture list.

(BTW, I also get goofy when people add my pictures to their “Favorites” list on Flickr. I tend to have one of those Sally Fields “you like me, you really do” moments. Hey, I thrive on praise. I need the extra validation – it’s an only child thing – not my fault really – genetically predisposed. You should see me get all atwitter when someone says “you don’t absolutely suck at writing” – it’s a tad disgusting. Of course, I’m easy, but that’s neither here nor there.)

Did I mention it’s the little things that can make my day?

8 thoughts on “The Little Things

  1. Beth says:

    At least there are people that think *I* don’t suck, eh Jonathan?

  2. Pam says:

    Very cool!

  3. Anna says:

    Weird…. Schmap included one of MY photos, too! Of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in San Francisco! This one: – This was a few months ago.And they didn’t care about the schmudgy bit on the top. I should probably fix that. Recently they emailed me again to say that the photo is included in their iPhone formatted version of the site.

  4. Beth says:

    I’m not sure what Schmap is other than another online map place that includes pictures of sites. Nope – didn’t receive one; I believe it’s solely online.

  5. textile_fetish says:

    Hey, they contacted me, too. They used a couple of my Toy Joy images. I liked the mock-up they emailed.

  6. Jonathan says:

    Cool a photo credit! your resume grows- keep it up and maybe more people will think you don’t suck! 😛

  7. Lori says:

    I love your picture, Beth! There is something really special about “random validation”, isn’t there? It’s great that Schmap found your pic. I can’t believe that it has been 23 years since I’ve been to New York…that makes me feel ooooooold…

  8. Charla says:

    Shoot…now that you pointed it out I can see the squiggly blue marks too…see? too much information…honestly, if you hadn’t told us, we wouldn’t have seen it. So what is Schmap? and did they send you one? and cool jool that you are published!I know how you love Manhattan…hoping you and Jay can make that trip soon.As always, proud of my chosen one,CJ

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