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A Thoroughly Modern Fable

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The young woman sat at the waiting area of an airport gate, loudly talking into her cell phone, ignoring the annoyed looks of everyone within earshot.

In contrast to the pained expressions of the crowd, the man sitting directly across from her actually leaned forward in his chair in rapt attention. He really seemed to be getting into it: Nodding his head in agreement with her at times, or sometimes pursing his lips in silent reproof, or raising his eyebrows in surprise, or shaking his head sadly in dismay and making clucking sounds. He clearly relished every bit of the thunderous dialog.

After a bit she became aware of it, said into her phone, "Just a second," and glared at him. "DO YOU MIND?"

The man beamed a 1000-watt smile back at her and said, "No, I don't mind at all - its fascinating! Please continue!"

The moral of the story: Ignoring people is not the same as them not being there...

Kind of a fun image. Not sure if you can call this "commissioned" or not: I did it by request for a friend and I did it just for fun, not for money LOL!

BTW, the word "fable" in this context is not "a legendary story" but "a profound lesson" - as in "Aesop's Fables!" (With my profound apologies to that legendary wise teacher of old... LOL!)

Image © 2011 by Larry Hodge
October 13, 2011
World Events/Social Commentary
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Oct 13, 2011 10:27:42 pm
Excellent work and so true
outstanding in all aspects

by Faemike55 Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 13, 2011 10:31:15 pm
Great story and even greater image. The young woman's face has just the right degree of vapidity to make it even more credible.

by jandunne Homepage »

Oct 13, 2011 10:39:54 pm
I totally love your sense of humor and it's depictionin in this fun image. I think that I've just fallen in love with your art. This is splendid and humorous creation. Bravo!

by ToniDunlap Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 13, 2011 10:40:41 pm
I have to agree, the description is very fitting for a well done scene.

by shvrdavid Homepage »

Oct 13, 2011 10:40:51 pm
LOL, wonderful story and excellent scene! I love the moral too :)

by Cimaira Homepage »

Oct 13, 2011 10:54:32 pm

by jocko500 Online Now!   Homepage »

Oct 13, 2011 11:14:44 pm
In fact this is not a fable at all but a riff on what has become a common everyday occurence in our society. Where we put more priority on a person on the other end of a cell phone that those around us. At a resteraunt in London I saw two fashion model beautiful young Japanese women who had obviously met for a dinner. Though seated at a very small table they spoke to each other for no more than 5 minutes of the almost an hour they had dinner. I have seen Doonsbury parodies of this and it is very real and rapidly becoming more common.

by brewgirlca Homepage »

Oct 13, 2011 11:14:52 pm
This is brilliantly done, and hilarious!
Love your use of silhouettes, and reflection!

by intro Homepage »

Oct 13, 2011 11:21:49 pm
Super cool work here, very creative and clear, marvelous composition, superbly done!

by mgtcs Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 12:10:56 am
Lol! Tell me more... ")

by Savage_dragon Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 2:18:32 am
Great work and fantastically true story!

by Breyden Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 2:44:44 am
Superb image and realistic situation!

by Jean_C Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 3:50:35 am
Wonderfully presented image - I like the use of the people shpaes in the background - and great words too, I may just try this sometime!

by PhilW Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 3:56:56 am
Fantastic work.

by fallen21 Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 4:21:58 am
ha ha ha! stunning owrk my the image and writing..a masterpiece!

by mininessie Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 4:49:51 am
Great humor and so true about some with their cells.

by vitachick Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 5:15:11 am
LOL Love it...and I can so picture this in my head. I hate sitting at airports, people are always to close lol

by Rainastorm Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 6:56:54 am
Nice work on this modern and fun image Larry

by magnus073 Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 7:12:06 am
A profound and thought provoking image.

by neelzonline Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 7:14:56 am
excellent :-)

by mapps Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 7:33:16 am
Love it! And so true!

by restif Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 8:27:07 am
A great image and also a great true indeed my friend.

by adrie Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 8:27:11 am
Cool and very unique imagery, Superb amount of detail added...very nicely crafted work and render!!

by Darkglass Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 10:12:28 am
This is amazing i like how you blacked out the people in the back like the person on the phone is doing i can really relate to this because it drives me mad everywhere you go your listening to everybodys business you cant help but hear it because they dont talk quietly i love this its superb !!

by Bossie_Boots Homepage »

Oct 14, 2011 11:39:52 am
Wow, quite a scene! And superb idea with the silhouettes.

by velleman Online Now!   Homepage »


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