After stumbling across a hilarious picture, friends of local ham Greg Garon have a decision to make. The exact origins of the picture are unknown, but the consensus among the friends is that it is still gut-bustingly priceless and that it has to be edited somehow to make it more enjoyable.
However, the friends, who met in university and have bonded over the years through beers, women, and various hybrid-golf games, were left collectively scratching their heads after Maurie Dungeon came across the picture on his hard drive in the process of looking for his resume.
In the picture, Garon, a film buff who doesn’t believe in ‘inside voices’, wears glasses, a gaping jaw and a glazed-over look. It is his not his typical ‘life of the party’ shot, but the intrinsic value of the image is readily apparent.
The decision-making process spans two cities. Through Facebook, e-mail and Skype, longtime associate Ike Bornes has been able to join the discussion. “It’s a great picture”, said Bornes, who took a break from the rigours of a Graduate degree in Philosophy to comment. “Just look at it!”
While the friends cannot agree on how to use it, there is a solid consensus that something must be done. One friend suggested putting it somewhere on the evolutionary chain, but that idea was shot down because the picture is not shot in profile. The fact that The Simpsons had already marketed a similar product it wasn’t lost on the group, but did not seem to be a concern.
Other iconic images such as the moon landing, President Bush, or even Marilyn Monroe standing above the windy subway grate were considered as inspiration, but ultimately rejected in turn.
An agreement in principle was reached to do a composite of many different images using the same face. But then the compatriots were back to square one in that they had to decide on which images to use.
“It’s not as if we don’t know how to do it,” said friend Jim ‘JJ’ Jeonard. “We’ve all got at least basic photo editing software on our computers.”
Indeed, the amusing demeanour of Garon, who could not be reached for comment, has lent itself to parodied pictures in the past. Adds Dungeon, “I’ve never seen the guy take a normal picture. I don’t know how he’s ever going to get a passport.”
At press time, the group was feverishly scanning through the online Onion archives, hoping to find some additional inspiration.