Let me introduce the women bannered across the top of this. That photo was taken in Athens, Greece, in 2006. Let me get more specific: June 12, 2006, at 10:43 pm, info courtesy of the tiny Nikon point and shoot I was carrying. Wife and I had checked into the Electra  Palace Hotel at about nine and decided to take a stroll. Turned into a memorable hike! I had forgotten that Athens goes up and down, that it’s definitely not a flat city. We were strolling, nay hiking, up Ermou Street almost to Syntagma Square when I noticed the women behind the glass. Instinctively, I snapped a shot, and just as instinctively my wife asked me what the hell was I doing?

That’s where the strangenes started. The strangeness being the book that would eventually come from the inspiration of that photo of naked Greek Mannequins, the book that is the story of this blog.

Below is the complete photo. Back at the Electra Palace, I almost deleted it. The viewing screen was too tiny. I couldn’t tell if it was worth keeping. Without the photo . . .?

Part of the story is that this is my first attempt at anything like a blog, and I’m really doing digital bumper cars here. I will spare you the sordid details of how long this particular entry has taken me.

Fortunately, my wife is  very good at this stuff. But, you know, I have to go through the male ritual of pounding and screaming at the computer before I defer to her magic.

Anyway, I’m at the end of manageable patience. This story of the story of the book will continue . . .

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