The many travels of readers’ D&O Diary mugs have continued, with stops in places both familiar and exotic. The results are a variety of mug shots taken on location in places both far and wide. As reflected in the pictures below, the mug is at ease with lobsters, gnomes and volcanoes, and is an appropriate ornament at temples, halls and castles.
Readers will recall that in a recent post, I offered to send out to anyone who requested one a D&O Diary coffee mug – for free – but only if the mug recipient agreed to send me back a picture of the mug and a description of the circumstances in which the picture was taken. In prior posts (here, here and here), I published the first three rounds of readers’ pictures. The pictures have continued to arrive and I have published the latest round below.
First up is the fascinating shot pictured at the top of the post, which was taken by Jill Dominguez of Energy Insurance Mutual. Jill sent in the picture taken in Key West, Florida. She took the picture on the first day of sportsmen’s lobster season, or "going bugging" as they say in Key West. Jill reports that “You have to get up pretty early to catch these guys and a nice mug of D&O Diary coffee helps to get the ‘bugs’ out!”
Loyal reader Jeff Ward of the Loss, Judge & Ward law firm traveled with his sons to Cooperstown, New York, and of course they took their D&O Diary mug with them. They sent in several great pictures of the Baseball Hall of Fame, including this shot of the site of the first Hall of Fame induction, as well as the Cleveland Indians exhibit at the Hall of Fame. (Go Tribe!)
The D&O Diary is partial to the Cleveland sports team (for better or worse), but we understand that readers have their own loyalties. You don’t have to guess at which teams loyal reader Sam Rudman of the Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd law firm supports. (Sam reports that his Mets gnome was AWOL on the day of the mug shot photo shoot).
Our good friend and former colleague Diane Parker of Allied World Assurance Company traveled out west on her vacation, and apparently she took her D&O Diary mug with her travels. She sent in this really beautiful shot of “what is left” of Mount St. Helens in Washington State.
A very different kind of mountain is also being transformed in New York City. As reflected in this picture submitted by Peter Taub, a 40-ton mountain of sand on Water Street in New York City is being sculpted into a massive sand castle, as part of the Water Street Pops street festival.
Finally, Gil Jensen of the Musick Peeler law firm in Los Angeles sent in these pictures from Southeast Asia where he had traveled with his daughter. Gil says that “My youngest daughter is in grad school in Melbourne. She suggested in June: ‘Hey Dad, let’s go to Cambodia.’ My initial thought was – great, what a perfect opportunity for some D&O Diary Mug Shots.” From the collection of pictures Gil sent in. it really does appear that the purpose of his visit to Cambodia was to find just the right location for a mug shot. Gil explained that he even had a special carrying case (“ the Chubb Executive Protection bag from a PLUS International Conference from a few years ago”) to make sure that the mug remained undamaged during his travels.
The first picture below was taken in front of The Bayon within Angkor Thom just north of Siem Reap (part of the Angkor Wat area).
For the second picture below, Gil explains, he traveled “a little farther afield (my version of Heart of Darkness).”. The picture was taken in “the overgrown temple complex Beng Melea (about 70 km from Angkor Wat). Other than a small group of tourists from India and a few Khmer kids, this temple site was totally deserted.”
I have to say I really enjoy the idea of loyal D&O Diary readers traveling all over the country and the world with their mugs and cameras at the ready looking for just the right opportunity to capture a classic mug shot. The pictures are great, and I look forward to receiving and publishing many more.
As I noted in my last mug shot gallery, I recently ordered another supply of mugs, so if there are more readers out there who would like to have a mug, please just let me know. Just remember, if you get a mug, you have to send back a picture. If you request a mug, please be patient, it will likely be the end of August before we are able to ship out the next batch.
Thanks to everyone for the great mug shots. Cheers!