My Profile Picture

Mama Kat has this as one of the prompts for this week.

Share the story behind your current Facebook and/or Twitter profile photo.

I’ve been using this as my profile picture for everything, including the blog (you can see it if you scroll to the bottom of the page).


We were at Starbucks on my birthday and sitting outside (weather here in late March is good enough to do that). Mary, who never uses the camera on her iPad, decided that it was time she did, took the picture and sent it to me. And I liked it, and decided to use it on all my profiles, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, WordPress, Blogger, and I probably need to put it a couple of other places as well.

I like this picture because I think it’s the best portrayal of the person I am right now. I had been growing the beard for a few weeks, because I got to where I didn’t feel like shaving anymore. And I think it turned out pretty well. (I do trim it since Mary told me I was looking too much like Hägar the Horrible. I told her it could be worse: I could look like Lee Sklar or William Lee Golden. Or Billy Gibbons, for that matter.) I guess I’ve earned the right to no longer care that I’m getting older, and being on Disability, I can go for comfort and no longer have to “dress for success.” Not that I ever really cared about that.

So, that’s the story behind my profile picture.


Author: John Holton

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8 thoughts on “My Profile Picture”

    1. Thanks… I’ve been thinking about letting the beard grow out and playing Santa Claus. (I laugh, but the Santas with real beards make about $30,000 during Christmas season.)


  1. My late father-in-law had shoulder-length hair and a bushy beard. When he moved into independent living, some of the ladies kept giving us “tips” on how we could get him to the barber…but he liked the look, and we weren’t going to mess with it! Young people loved it because he looked like Gandalf.


    1. I’ve worn my hair in a ponytail for over twenty years. Didn’t keep it from going gray, but the way I see it, I earned this gray hair, as well as the white beard. So, were these ladies members of the staff or other residents? I hear things get rather wild in those independent living facilities…


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