Readers will recall that in a recent post, I offered to send out a D&O Diary coffee mug to anyone who requested one – 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 previous posts (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here , here, here, here, here and here), I published prior rounds of readers’ pictures. I have posted the latest round of readers’ pictures below.
The first of the shots in this round was taken in connection with the recent Super Bowl. As we all know, the Super Bowl itself took place in New Jersey, but the NFL wanted the world to believe that the game was somehow being played in New York City. In the city itself, the media organizations transformed Broadway and Times Square into a sort of football Babylon they called Super Bowl Boulevard. Loyal reader Arthur Washington of the Mendes & Mount law firm sent in this shot of himself in front of the Fox Sports booth in Times Square.
Our next set of pictures is a sort of photo montage sent in to us by Max Wescoe of IMA in Denver. Max describes the pictures, which are arranged clockwise from the top, as follows: “Mugshot of the nation’s largest public mass transit project from the 5th floor of IMA’s new home in Denver, Colorado; the mug viewing our building from the corner of 17th and Wynkoop on a snowy January day; mugging with IMA’s new digs from afar. Viva Denver!”
I have noticed over the last few months that as the seasons changed from spring to fall to winter, many of the mug shots sent in have been darker and less colorful. The winter months may not be the best time for outdoor photography. Fortunately, that is not universally true. There are still places – like, say, Bermuda — where the sun is still shining. Eliza Barry Riker of ACE Bermuda, who reports that “We’ve been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather (for us) here in Bermuda this winter,” sent in this picture of sunny Bermuda. Our warmest congratulations to Eliza on the birth of her child seven months ago.
Bermuda is not the only place where the sun has been shining while the rest of us have been shivering. Apparently the sun has also been shining in San Diego as well. Cecelia Rutherford of the Johnson & Weaver law firm sent in this picture of the Skyfan at the San Diego Zoo.
When I came up with the idea of soliciting readers’ mug shots, I had no idea what kind of pictures I might get back. Readers have submitted some really great pictures. People have sent in pictures from some pretty amazing places. I have to say though that I never in a million years anticipated getting a picture quite like the one sent in by Andrea Brunson, who runs client relations and securities monitoring at the Nix, Patterson & Roach law firm in Dangerfield Texas. I am not 100% sure what is going on in this picture (and I am not sure that I even want to know), so I will simply reproduce here Andrea’s description of the scene: “My Veterinary Science 4H kids attended an artificial insemination clinic at Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. It was a cold morning that day, but the kids loved the hands-on experience. These high school kids are enrolled in the Veterinary Science Project offered through 4H. They have a dream of one day becoming a veterinarian.” So there you have it. I have had the privilege to publish mug shots taken at the Wailing, Wall, Cambodia, India, the U.S. Supreme Court — and at an artificial insemination clinic in Texas.
I ordinarily only publish one picture that a reader sends in, but I felt that I had to also print this picture that Andrea also sent in of herself seeking inner peace with her D&O Diary mug.
Our final entry in this round of pictures does not even include a D&O Diary mug. The fact is, I have run out of mugs! The last of the mugs has already gone out, but I still continue to get mug requests. When I got a recent request from Jason Sacha of the Ricketts Harris law firm in Toronto, I had to tell him that the mugs are all gone. I did invite Jason to submit a picture taken with one of his own firm’s mugs. So Jason sent in this picture of Toronto with his firm’s mug.
I know there may be others who might have wanted a D&O Diary mug. I am sorry that they are all gone. But anyone who wants to is invited to do what Jason did and take a mug shot with one of their own company’s mugs. If I get enough of these other mug pictures, I will run a separate post featuring alternative mug shots.
I would like to thank everyone who has sent in a mug shot. It has been so much fun getting the pictures and seeing the ways that readers have decided to photograph the mug. I hope those of you who have not yet had a chance to send in a mug shot will be inspired to sent in your own pictures. The mug shots are so much fun. Cheers to all.