Mary burger, on wheat, well done, with onions & spicy fries - to go, please by Lenny La Rue, IPA

Mary burger, on wheat, well done, with onions & spicy fries - to go, please by 

First, to clear up any misconceptions: this is me; I’ve played keyboards for about as long as Stevie Wonder has but I suck; he and I are not related (although I might be related to the late Donny Hathaway, another keyboardist); I’m not blind or deaf even tho I can’t see or hear worth spit, and this self-portrait was intentionally focused on the glasses and their reflections so I’m supposed to be deeper in the depth of view, i.e. “out-of-focus”. The more shots I do that are intentionally artsy-fartsy, the more my goofs look intentional. ;-)

My usual order at the former Hamburger Mary’s, now called Hamburger Patties for some dumb—- reason. The ambiance is eclectic with everything from old posters to marionettes on the walls, and constant loud videos playing on multiple screens in the bar. The dining area is casual seating on wooden tables, some along the window looking out upon the passing K Street traffic.

The unique feature of this establishment is that it would be right at home in the middle of San Francisco’s Castro district, i.e. most of the employees and many of the patrons are openly gay and display behaviour often seen in the Bay Area but rarely Sacramento.

No, I’m not (gay) however the burgers are the only ones I will eat from a restaurant in town. But if I dress “correctly”, my Top Shelf Long Island Ice Tea will be the most potent liquid on the planet. I’m not above doing what it takes to get a decently mixed drink so sue me. ;-) Oh yeah, cheese is vile and should never be allowed to share a room with food.

Shot was taken using my Nikon D80 with its 18-55mm kit lens laying on the bar & with the barrel of the lens supported aiming upward by everything within reach. I had to use the auto focus and then switch it off to stop the camera from rolling itself off the support stuff. LOL!

_To this day I don’t know what created a pink halo around my head. It had to be some reflected lighting from a coloured spotlight because there was no light fixture anywhere in that area.- Correction: there WAS a light in the area but it wasn’t on when I went back to look the first time.

Piece was kindly featured in the Disability and Beauty Group with my humble appreciation!

I’m a “scatter-focus” artist. ANYTHING may be here or roundabout my galleries. Expect nothing anywhere and you’ll always be OK. ;-)

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  • flipteez
    flipteezalmost 7 years ago

    Hot dog with chilly sauce & your ice tea pleez
    Love the shot thankyou for the story XX

  • I could do that! My stomach couldn’t tho… Thanks!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzalmost 7 years ago

    nice concept…

  • Thank you. :-) It’s “out of the box” for me.

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 7 years ago

    lol…love the story Lenny ~ your work is always great ~ sharing the experience surrounding your photography ~ great shot too ~ but not shot glass? ;) btw, you look very nice ~ hows the LI Tea?

  • Ooops! Missed your reply but the LI Tea was kickass. :-D And thank you for your kind words. I’m not all that nice-looking and the more you explorre my galley, themore you will agree. LMAO!

    I love putting the words behind the image at times. Words mess up some images but when they don’t, they are an added way of sharing the moment (since I ain’t sharing the LI)!!!!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Caroline Scott
    Caroline Scottalmost 7 years ago

    Great shot Lenny, Sounds like a great place. :B+)

  • It’s a great place to be as long as you’re secure in your masculinity. (That is, if you’re a male. And I know you’re not so don’t rip me for trying not to sound like an idiot, OK? LOL!) If not, being approached by males in a bar environment is something I’d rather wish on WOMEN, not me. LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...almost 7 years ago

    always sneaking into a photo aren’t you?? if u WANT u’r picture done just ASK!…oh wait…u wanted us to notice the lovely glasses lined up? (i like the pinkish halo around u’r head ) :o)

  • I have to sneak into mine! Who else will keep from cropping me out? I’m not sure what I was trying to do. Honest. I just liked the glasses (drinking ones) reflected in the mirror so I did another edit showing them alone. A pinkish halo?!?!?!? (sigh) These things the computer sees and ignores without telling me can be VERY embarrassing sometimes. :-O

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • handprintz
    handprintzalmost 7 years ago

    Who’s that good looking fellow in the mirror!! lol,this sounds absolutely delicious,you have made me hungry now!great reflections and love the sparkly glasses,and you do have a pink halo around your head,cool!

  • I can’t see the halo. I’ll have the computer tell me what it is an a bit. LOL! But is there a handsome guy in that mirror? Really? Oh yeah! I see the head now but I think it was a girl…

    But those burgers…………………….. Ah!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • Nanmarie
    Nanmariealmost 7 years ago

    The only glasses I see are on the face of that fine fellow!

  • LOLOLOLOL!!!!! OK, you made my day! :-D

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...almost 7 years ago

    LMAO!!! I love a good L.I.T.!!! Good for you to go and get the best one in town!!! This photo makes me miss my bartending days at a local tavern. It was just like cheers, and was the most awesome job I’ve ever had…. Damn I miss my 20’s….. Great photo by the way :)

  • Uh, you miss the bartending days because you could make your own “Top Shelf L.I.T.’s”??? If so, where’s my bartending book?!?!? :-P

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...almost 7 years ago

    Tops shelf is the only way to go … lol

  • LOL!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

  • sweetscent62
    sweetscent62almost 7 years ago

    hahahaha.. I had to laugh at the narrative Lenny…
    the place looks really cool.. gay bars are good too.. they’re always clean and the decor just spectacular LOL
    I was in a gay bar one day..(with me one of 2 females)and this woman was wearing the most sexy dress I’ve ever seen.. it was a long black.. backless number with the bodice in the shape of two hands covering her ample breasts! I thought… it was completey wasted on that crowd…but I would have done her ; ) LOL I can’t believe I just typed that… hahaha.. Wen xox

  • ROTFLMFAO!!!!!! omg! OK, you’ve just moved WAAAAAAAYYYY up on my Most Interesting Red Bubble Peeps list. :-D I hadn’t noticed that gay bars are cleaner until you mentioned it. I wonder why.

    But the thing that got me the most about your comment reminded me of the only other gay bar I’ve been in. I was followed into the rest room – which had the door held open by a large line of people – and carefully watched by what I thought were some pretty darn good looking WOMEN. I’m a nudist so that didn’t bother me per se but it was a bit odd to see happening to me so blatantly. It was only when I got back to the table that I was told there were no women in the men’s rest room.

    Wendy, you might have had the biggest surprise of your life: that it was simply “business as usual”. Hehehehe!

    – Lenny La Rue, IPA

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