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Cool Cat With The Cool Hat

Cool Cat With The Cool Hat, originally uploaded by elefanterosado.

He was born to be a model. You don’t pull that casually-looking-askance-but-lovin’-on- the-lens face unless you were born to be cool. Or a model. Or a narcissist. Or a little bit of all three.

Now this dude didn’t know me from Adam. I scuttled backwards like a hermit crab in search of his erstwhile shell to get the shot. And Mr. Cool gave me that quintessential Catherine Deneuve bring the camera closer darling look without direction. Without a word uttered.

I didn’t realize until later how perfectly his wild and woolly hat matched that neon Pabst Blue Ribbon sign glaring garishly behind him.

He was already walking on by when he stopped to ask: “Are you going to use these photos for anything in particular?”

The emphasis was on the word particular.

“No, nothing in particular,” I replied.

Well, not really.

No, not really.

So I lied.

New York. (Somewhere on the street.)