I hate Face Time. Why on earth would you want to chat with someone you care about live, over a crappy phone camera that makes you look terrible?! And then there's that little window on top where you can see yourself! Gawd, you just want to stick your head in the nearest hole in the ground and scream, or cry, or both! If anyone asks to Face Time me, I always say no. "Not on your life, I hate Face Time."
I was sitting by myself in the hotel bar in Newark having dinner when my phone rang... it was an unusual ring, not the normal doorbell that I am used to hearing. I looked down, "Shit, Face Time." But it was Robin... how could I not answer a call from my wife? (Robin was my airline wife the first year I worked at Virgin, and even though I have a new airline husband now, she will forever be wife to me!) I swiped to answer, held the phone out in front of me, and after a few minutes, to my surprise, all of the sudden I had a dinner date! We ended up chatting like that for almost an hour. I kept my arm stretched out in front, and munched on my burger & fries with the other hand. Soon I couldn't tell the difference between her being on the phone or being in front of me for real, we were just laughing it up and having the best time sharing stories about our week. I realized that I may have looked strange to the other people around me that filled the bar, but I didn't care, it was so much fun to have Robin there in Newark at dinner with me. Then it hit me; If we could have this much fun on Face Time, why couldn't I take a portrait of her through the phone as well? She agreed to my plan, and I went upstairs to my room and set the phone on the edge of the bed and grabbed my camera. "What do you want me to do?" she asked. "I don't know!" I said. Then she grabbed her kitty Bailey and it was a done deal. I snapped away as she laughed her butt off playing with her animated black cat, and even though this was more like a snap shot than a portrait, Robin's true self shone through, her laugh that is so captivating and contagious filling the screen and reminding me why I love her so much! (And, btw, she happens to look fabulous on Face Time!)