Sunday, August 3, 2008

Double Dog Dare Ya!

Remember when we were children if someone dared you to do something silly and then backed it up with, "Double Dog Dare Ya!" you almost HAD to do it? Shelia at Note Songs takes a picture of herself in the bathroom mirror every time she eats out at a restaurant! She blogged about it, and then after getting some ::blinking eyed:: comments, thought up the Bathroom Beauty Snappers Challenge. She even made a Bathroom Beauty Snapper logo for her stupid brave readers to put on their posts.

I never have carried my camera into a restaurant. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, it's just not something I have ever done before. Not only have I never taken a picture of myself while looking into a mirror, I have never before taken a picture of myself in a bathroom. But she dared me! Friends, I had no choice, I tell ya!

I took the first one at home, just to get the feeling of looking into a mirror and snapping away. Actually, this should count twice as it's really two mirrors--a big one with a white frame and a side mirror that's a medicine cabinet.

With this experience under my belt, I took a deep breath, along with my camera, and off Johnny and I went to have lunch at Olive Gardens, one of his favorite restaurants.

You can see him munching here. Still to come is his order of spaghetti and sausage.

Soup, salad, and breadsticks are my choices when we go here. I don't care for the food. I only go here because I am such a wonderful wife! (humble, too!)

Then came The Moment of Truth. Dare I? Do you for a moment doubt me? I walked into the ladies room, camera hidden in my pants pocket. I smiled as I spotted the handicap area. It has a door! I can take this picture while I'm still in a private place! No one will ever see.

However, I was so nervous that my hand was shaking. I took several, and this was the best of the lot.

When I realized that it was blurry, and that the closed door could be clearly seen, I stepped outside into the large public area, a bit more determined to meet the challenge. The door opened and in came a lady with her child. They took one look at me, camera in the air, and hurried into the nearest stall! I quickly snapped this second picture and left. I didn't take time to adjust the camera, and it's not very well lit. But if you look closely, you can see the absence of the handicap grab rail, proving that I DID IT in a public restroom. (Theme music from Rocky to be loudly played here.)

Now some of you may think me chicken, but at least I tried. Later, I dragged convinced my husband to go to Las Vegas, a Cuban restaurant, for dinner so that I could try again to get a clearer picture. Here's a shot of us there.
When I went to get my Bathroom Beauty Snappers picture, I discovered the bathroom had two inefficient lights overhead. I stepped under the lights, in front of the lights. I snap, snapped away! This turned out the best picture from the six shots I took. Bathrooms are dark, people!

Oh! Once again, a lady with a child in tow, walked in while I was snap, snap, snapping away. However, now I'm cool, so I merely stated, "I lost a bet!" The lady laughed and moved along. You can't call me chicken. However, you may say I'm a rotten photographer.
How about you? If you want to join the Bathroom Beauty Snappers club, just grab the challenge button and begin snap, snap, snap away. Be sure to share your post with Shelia and me!

What do you think? Have you ever taken your picture in a restaurant mirror? Do you have the courage to join the BBS challenge? I Double Dog Dare Ya!


Heather Orr said...

I don't think I am that brave, but I am with you on The Olive Garden!!

Unknown said...

This post was hilarious! I don't think I'd have the courage to do it either though!LOL And since I don't have a car, I don't get to eat out much. Lovely pics though!lol

Mocha with Linda said...

That is hilarious! You get lots of points for your courage.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am definitely a bit of a baking from scratch "snob". . . . that icing is so easy and yes, definitely better than a can! (The cake, too, especially since it's a dump-in-on-bowl and you don't even have to alternate wet and dry ingredients!)

Have a blessed Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Your post was so funny! What a good sport you are! I am just a little shy LOL You are a good wife! LOL

Anonymous said...

OH Sally!! You are marvelous! You've done so well in your snapping. I appreciate your courage and determination!!Woo Hoo! Girl you did it! I'm very proud of you! You are very much a wonderful Bathroom Beauty Snapping Diva...
You are the best sweetie,
Shelia :)

Anonymous said...

Sally!! you are wonderful. You did it twice just to get a perfect picture. You look great! What a good sport you are..this IS fun isn't it? Love it!

Dawn said...

You just really made me laugh at all the fun you had! When I finally get the courage and I get "caught" I am going to use your line, "I lost a bet!" Priceless!

take care,

Life on the Edge said...

I came here from Shelia's blog! Such a funny challenge she gave all of us! I enjoyed your pics and the story about people walking in, lol. "I lost a bet" is a good comeback!

I'm trying to come up with my own bathroom snaps in a couple days!


Justine said...

This is my first time here, of course because of the BBSers! You did a great job. Well okay, your picture quality pretty much sucks, but your post was really funny, and I think it's hysterical that you went out to eat twice in one day just to take bathroom pics! I just posted mine too!
Justine :o )

jlshall said...

You are a very brave and very funny gal! I am not (well, I'm funny but chicken). Although I've taken several photos of myself in our bathroom mirror here at home, I don't think I'd ever have the courage to take one in a public place.

And thanks for the tip about "Wrinkle in Time" - yes, it looks like about 5th grade level, so I do have some misgivings.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

You did GOOD Sally ! Bravo !!!! It really is harder than it looks to get a good pic. I still haven't gotten a good pic yet .

Cathy said...

Cute picture ~
I tried at home, but looked too bad. I will have to go out and MAYBE try it.

Qtpies7 said...

That is hysterical! I have a couple of bathroom pics from restaurants. I wasn't taking pics of me, though. One I took a pic because they have this nice display of flowers and towels and such, and a bowl of tampons!!! LOL I had to snap a shot. The other bathroom was so fancy, that I had to take pics. It is in the IDS Tower in Minneapolis. They even come in and fold the toilet paper up nicely several times an hour! LOL

CIELO said...

Hi Sally.... so nice vising you! I enjoyed reading this post, and seeing pics of you and your husband.... I bet that Cuban food was delicious! I know what I'm saying, because I was born in that precious island and still love Cuban food! :) How awesome!



Jackie said...

That is hilarious! I don't think I've ever taken a picture in a restaurant bathroom either...hmmmm...might have to try that out! :)