By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006 at 11:27 am in Cats.
I just received the following e-mail, as did all the other columnists working for the Times newspapers:
If you received this e-mail, we need to photograph you for upcoming house ads for our newspapers.
We would like to use the "Where We Live" style of portraiture. This means that you should bring a prop that relates to your area of expertise. For example, Food Editor Nicholas Boer may want to bring a chef’s hat. Pat Craig may want to bring tickets to a show. You get the idea.
Our first portrait session will be Tuesday, June 27, from 2-3 p.m. Please try to stop in at the Walnut Creek photo studio with your prop. It should only take a few minutes. (Alan Greth, Executive Photo Editor, Contra Costa Times)
"It should only take a few minutes." What does he know.
Obviously Alan has never had to spend the morning writing a column for tomorrow’s newspapers, and then putting together the Pet Adoption Calendar for Saturday’s Home & Garden Section, and then jumping into the car and racing home to Benicia to try to convince a monstrous fraidy-cat 18-pound feline named Newman (who runs and hides in his litter box if he hears a mouse in the next room, or sees people he doesn’t know) to jump into a little cardboard Porta-Pet carrier so I can stuff him into my car and drive him back to the Times by 2 p.m., so he can sit on my lap in a room full of people he doesn’t know, while they shine bright floodlights in his face and take his picture with cameras that make noises like the sounds of a mouse in the next room.
Look for my house ad (used to promote columnists) in a future edition of the Times. I’ll be the guy with the rear end of a huge black cat sticking out from under my arm.