aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Now look constipated

One of the consequences of having a birthday is that I had to get my Driver's License renewed this week. Less of a pain than it used to be, I'll give 'em that. But then, there's the ordeal of the photograph.

I swear, the more I smile, the grumpier I look. Maybe it's my innate shyness, but I just never take a good photo if I'm trying to look happy. Only occasionally am I caught in a spontaneous moment where I look like I'm enjoying myself.

It has something to do with having buck teeth as a kid, I think. I learned to keep my lips closed at all times, which gave me a tight smile. Although the mustache probably doesn't help, overall. I decided to shave it off for my fortieth birthday (Where now are the snows of yesteryear?), but got dissuaded by my Scouts -- and my wife. I don't think anybody would know me any more if I shaved it off now. (Maybe I'll do that when I retire.)

But even without the 'stache, I think I'd have to practice phony smiles in front of a mirror for hours to look anything like what I wish I did in portraits.

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