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Switches

Okay, I’ve been doing this awhile now.  And quite often run into the situation below: Kitchen sink with a light over it and two switches next to the sink.

Kitchen Switches
Kitchen Switches

One switch operates the light, the other operates the garbage disposal.  I’ve had builders and electricians alike both tell me that the switch closest to the sink operates the disposal.

No.  Not even close.  I don’t think my score is even close to 50/50 because I always try the switch farthest away but am usually startled by the garbage disposal going.

On the days I get it right I buy a lottery ticket.

So, if you’re an electrician and install this so that A is the light and B is the disposal, thank you.

If you do it the other way around, you’re an asshole.

Playing The Victim

So I get a notice that someone is using a few of my photos.  I check a listing and, sure enough, something I shot two years ago (and it sold) is on the market again with a new agent — let’s call him Kevin — and he liked my outside pictures a lot, it seems.  It happens a fair bit.

So I can either…

  1. Ask them to remove them.
  2. Just send them an invoice.
  3. Report them to MLS.

I chose Option 1 and fired off a quick e-mail.  Next morning, no response.  So I left a voice mail, too.

Later in the day I got a call while on a photo-shoot and let it go to voice-mail.  It was Kevin saying they’d gotten the pictures off Zillow — “a public web site” — and I’d have to provide documentation that I owned them.

I called them back later and explained that just because you found them online didn’t make them free.  I have pictures here — they’re not free to use.  They’re licensed to people and I retain the copyright.  And it’s they who have to prove to MLS that they have the right to use them — Kevin said they’d never heard of that.  This despite “doing this for 30 years.”  Whatever.

Later I get CC’d on an e-mail from Kevin to our MLS’ compliance department about a complaint against them and they said they were removing my photos.

Meanwhile, I hadn’t reported Kevin at all.

I looked at the compliance e-mail they were responding to and it was a completely different matter that some agent had ratted them out on — on pretty much every other photo in the listing.  So now they’ve removed my photos (and admitted to MLS they were using photos without permission) but the original problem Kevin got dinged for still exists.

Of course, Kevin is the victim in all of this.

Life Moves Pretty Fast….

10:30am, Agent One: What’s your availability this week?

10:31am, Me: Depends on the address — what is it? (I like to see how it sits to determine when to shoot.)

10:45am, Me: Need to see how it sits and what slots I have.  Address?

11:05am, Agent Two: Got a house at [address] — when can you shoot it?

11:08am, Me: Faces south-ish, how about Noon on Friday?

11:10am, Agent Two: Great!  See you then.

11:30am, Agent One: It’s in Shingle Springs.

11:31am, Me: I need the address to see how it’s positioned.

11:48am, Agent One: The address is [address].  Can you do it Friday?

11:50am, Me: [looks, needs noonish shots] An hour ago I could have.

Perspective

Dining Room and Kitchen
Dining Room and Kitchen

Sometimes you have to do a ‘different’ angle because of something else.  The above, for example — see that brick wall out there?  It surrounds a utility area where the pool filter sits.  I didn’t find the pool filter terribly attractive — big black egg-shaped thing — so I setup my camera in such a way that it’s behind the door.

Learning

I learned a few things recently.

One, I learned that if I open the door to an home that’s supposed to be unoccupied and there’s a mirrored closet door directly in front of the door I’m entering, I’ll scream like a little girl.

Second, I learned that I think people who put a mirror directly in front of a door are assholes.