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Friday, November 9th, 2012

Joseph Merrick, the “Elephant Man” was born in the late 1800’s in England. As he grew, Merrick became even more horribly deformed and was exhibited as a freak by numerous “managers”.

At 24, he was abandoned in London with neither money nor a friend.  Fortunately, he was rescued by a Doctor who had studied him in medical school.  The “Elephant Man” was then sympathetically given a place to live in London Hospital where he was visited by numerous guests including the Princess of Wales.

What astounded everyone was Merrick’s personality.  He was loving, kind, very appreciative, never spoke negatively of anyone, and was extremely literate.  He wrote:

“Tis true my form is something odd,

But blaming me is blaming God;

Could I create myself anew

I would not fail in pleasing you.”

Although Merrick was supposed to sleep sitting up because of the enormous weight of his head, one night he chose to lie down “like normal people.” That night, Merrick’s airway became constricted and he died peacefully in his sleep.  Mr. Joseph Merrick was 27.

MYOFB*

Friday, November 9th, 2012

*(Mind Your Own Fucking Business)

One of my favorite portrait photography models was “C.”  We used to have a lot of fun together.  C is a young woman about a head taller than me when she puts on her “hooker heels.”  She’s also about  35-years younger.

When we went out, I was amazed at the rude reaction of people.  Since we looked like the Prom Queen of Porn and her “manager”, we got all sorts of sneers, looks of disgust, and shaking of heads.

Once when we left a casino in Niagara Falls, Canada, a rude cab driver leaning against his car said to her, “Oh – is this your Father?”  Without hesitation, C said, “Yes, he is – but we fuck anyway.”  His face looked like he was punched in the stomach.

When you stick your nose into other peoples’ business, you get what you get with no apologies.