With a deep breath and copious amounts of false bravado, I enter the B&B Studio to choose this week's spotlight photos.
BAGMAN (noticing the stress in my eyes): "You take this thing way too seriously, Dude. The FMTHSO is your family. They will be happy with whatever pictures you spotlight. You could put on a blindfold and chose the spotlight photos like pinning a tail on a donkey and everyone will be happy. It's not like you're Len Goodman on "Dancing With the Stars".
BUTLER (looking up from a pile of statistical spreadsheets): "We had 15 participants this week! That's 10.429% above our year-to-date average of 13.583 participants per week."
BAGMAN: "Is there going to be a quiz?"
BUTLER (ignoring him): "And we also have another new participant - Marina and her Primo Piano!"
I take another deep breath and make a snap decision. "Why don't you guys handle it this week and I'll go back to bed." I close the door behind me.
BAGMAN (shouting from behind the door): "Okay! We just will! We don't need you anyhow!"
BUTLER (quietly to Bagman): "Actually, we do, my Baggish friend. We're part of his psyche, remember?"
BAGMAN: "And I'm the best part! I'm the Ego. And we'll have fun fun fun 'til our Daddy takes the T-Bird away!"
BUTLER: "Actually, according to Freud, you are the Id..."
BAGMAN: "Go suck an egg!"
BUTLER: "...as in IDiot."
BAGMAN: (posting a picture): "A little less talk and a lot more action..."
Terri's Mesa Verde Shot
BUTLER: "That's an Exterior!"
BAGMAN: "It's a batch manmade interiors inside a natural interior! It's a perfect win-win."
BUTLER: (posting another picture): "My turn!"
redana's Blue Door
BUTLER: "Simple, orderly, rule of thirds, rule of space -- my kind of photo."
BAGMAN (posting): "Hmmmph."
Dawn Treader's Library
BAGMAN: "Now this has energy and mystery...all those books...and a figure in the background. I like the adult section, myself. And I've always been attracted to librarians."
BUTLER: "I wanted to welcome Marina and thank her for posting to FMTHSO. Besides, I like the geometric patterns and they way one flows into the other like one of M. C. Escher's prints.
Bagman posts his next choice:
BUTLER: "A church? You surprise me, Mr. Bagman, with your choice of a church."
BAGMAN: "Passion, Butthead! Passion! Ecstasy! There's nothing dull or boring about spirituality! Spirituality can get your blood flowing faster than sexuality. Although I do admit that I'm intrigued with nuns.
While Bagman is talking, he steals Butler's last turn and posts his own instead:
BUTLER: "HEY! That was my turn!!!
BAGMAN: "You snooze, you lose."
BUTLER: "Besides, I love the shot too but you can't post it because... (Butler checks his statistical sheets) ...because we spotlighted Bobbie last week!"
BAGMAN: "Who says you can't spotlight someone two weeks in a row!?"
BUTLER: "Well, we don't really have a rule about that but Mark has usually tried to avoid in order to spread things around."
BAGMAN: "Well, Mark's not here, is he? So there!"
BUTLER: "Hmmm. Maybe I'll write a rule for the future."
BAGMAN: "You do that, you wimp. I'm off to spend the afternoon at the library."