In early August, I travelled out to a suburb unknown to give my Atlmd talk to a Probus group. It was always a bit of a puzzle to me that I had been asked to do so; as the young woman who mans the organization’s front desk refused point-blank to provide me with the names of people who arrange for speakers, which meant that Delores Munn had actually found me in the list of volunteer speakers and made contact. Why no-one else has ever done so is a constant reminder of my unimportance in the scheme of things. Alas. 😦
Among the 50 or so people comprising the audience was a man with a camera who is the Group’s photographer, and he snapped me with Delores and on my own with the book.
You will understand my dismay at seeing what Del posted to me, folded over, the other day …
So I was bold enough to post on the other site to the effect that I would be truly grateful if someone felt kind enough to see what s/he could to by way of image enhancement, as I’d spent a fruitless day trying to make the photos look better; and my friend Pike12 came to my rescue. Lynne also offered, but I didn’t have an email address to send the originals to; and bloody Rosenberger professed himself willing to have a go, but his end product turned out to be … ahh … humorous, the bastard ! [grin]
Here’s what Pike managed to get out of the single:
And the 2S of me with Del has been similiarly rendered viewable – by what means, I know not ! But Pike is a professional, and prepares her own shots for press use; so her amazing skills she takes for granted !
I would offer Del these improved versions of the shots for their Group’s use, but for the fact that none of them is on the ‘Net. I find this somewhat amazing, but it’s none of my business. Certainly, the Group has a list of activities as long as your arm and they do a lot of good things for charity; so I’m not pointing the finger in any way. It’s just so I’m so used to being able to send and receive stuff online that it kind of rocks me back on my heels when I can’t.
ANYWAY ! This post is my record (and yours, you lucky things !) of my sole appearance at a Probus club to talk about the writing of “Atlmd”. The audience gave every appearance of interest and enthusiasm; but I feel quite sure it’s going to be the only time M-R is seen among that body of retirees. Pity.