Thursday, June 26, 2008
What's in a name? That which we call a pig
By any other name would smell as sweet.
Disney has Mickey Mouse.
McDonald's has Ronald.
Aflac has the duck.
Shirtless Mike's BBQ has its own furry mascot, Shirtless Mike (pictured above with the Hogettes).
Anyone who has spent more than 20 minutes with me knows full well the size of my ego and my lifetime love-affair with self promotion. After two full days of traipsing around Pennsylvania Avenue with my shirtless visage plastered on my back, I decided to use the window between the judging and the awards ceremony to let it all hang out.
At some point on Sunday afternoon, I think I lost my mind.
I spent a good hour taking pictures with tourists, other competitors and my fellow teammates in full Shirtless Mike regalia (apron, aviators and the obligatory stoggie) . There are many wonderful pictures of this slightly shameful period in my weekend, a few of which will make it in this space in the days ahead.
There are also many wonderful pictures captured on the cameras, cell phones and seared into the retinas of tourists throughout the country.
I am a fat, hairy, not particularly photogenic man.
Why you would want a picture of me with your children is a question I will be asking myself for the rest of my life.
To those of you who had the misfortune of capturing our furry mascot on film, I offer my deepest condolences.
If you do have any memorable pics of the event, of me (shirtless or shirted), or of anything else you would like to share, please feel free to email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Shirtless Mike at 8:40 AM