Lent’s Over: It’s OK for Me to Complain Again

Easter Sunday at Rome’s Colosseum (pre-COVID-19)

Into Week Five of socially distanced isolation, my normally easy-going temperament has become a bit edgy, lacking in patience for ordinary idiosyncrasies that otherwise are overlooked or tolerated.

Back in 2000, I had posted about being housebound for a period of a month and a half during to a fictitious snowstorm, which had my emotions boiling over like an overfilled tea kettle. Beware if you click on that link for extremely vulgar language.

Not exactly outrageous as portrayed in the Live Journal entry mentioned above, my everyday complaints have become more noteworthy, perfect as fodder for another weekly tirade. Where shall we begin?

How about this topic? I’ve had a couple of people asking to use my photos recently for various project of theirs, which is quite flattering for me, considering I get very little response about the pictures otherwise when posted on various Social Media platforms.

The following is a thread that dates back to February 2020, listing the correspondences from messages left on Pinterest, where I post all my work:

Hi Mike,

I’m a volunteer on the (ship’s name withheld). We are a non-profit that takes kids out on the Delaware to teach them about the river, ecology, history etc. I’m putting together an ad to go in Camden County Heritage Magazine and would like to get your permission to use one of your pictures in the background.

(My response) Which photo and will you keep my watermark on it?

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/273945589817271234/?lp=true This photo is of the Ben Franklin Bridge. And yes I will keep your watermark on it.

OK, George (not his real name), you can use the photo. Would you let me know when the ad is going to run? I’d like to pick up a copy of the magazine for a keepsake, if at all possible. Thanks and good luck.

Thanks Mike. If I could have your email that might be easier to communicate. Mine is ******@hotmail.com if you want to shoot me a quick email.

I sent him back an e-mail that read:

Hi George,

I hope my photo helps to attract attention to your fine organization. As you can see by my pictures on Pinterest, the Delaware River is just about my favorite spot in the world. Helping kids to get out of the city, into nature and sailing is a wonderful gift to share.

Take care,


Well that’s the last I heard about it. I just sent him an e-mail with regards to whatever happened to this project. As an afterthought, with the COVID-19 lockdown in New Jersey and Pennsyvania, perhaps his ad was put on the back burner.

Another request for using my work (for free, I might add) came earlier this month. Here are the respective messages:

Hi, Mike!

I’m a local TV meteorologist in Philly. I’m working on a short, fun video for Facebook to keep busy during this crazy bizarre time of working from home. I would love to include a small portion of a video/images you have on YouTube of the Winter Solstice from Camden in 2017. I can certainly credit you any way you like. I Imagine the station would want to upload to our website as well. Hoping for your permission— take care and hope to hear back from you soon!

-Magnolia (not her real name) – Sent on April 3rd

Hi Magnolia,

Sure, take what you want. I’m happy that you like the photos. Please use my real name for crediting: Paul Michael Bergeron – Mike Slickster Productions. I’d love to see your final product. Kindly send me a link as to where I can find it.

Mike – Sent on April 3rd

Great, thank you! Heads up it will likely be in Spanish 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

Sent from my iPhone – Sent April 5th

You’re welcome. Looking forward to your finished clip.

Take care,
Mike – Sent April 6th

Again, that was the last I heard from Magnolia. I did a search on Facebook for her page and found it with the video which included some of my footage from Youtube. It was nice of her to notify and let me have the link of the completed project (not!). I haven’t e-mailed her back to raise Cain about it, however. I’m just going to let it slide like water off a duck’s back.

This is the clip on Youtube to which she was referring:

A couple of years ago I received an e-mail from a woman who asked to use one of my photos on Pinterest, taken of Bristol, PA, to be used (for free) on a website she was putting together for the borough. I thought that would be good exposure for me and said go ahead, as long as my watermark was left on the image, and a link to the site upon completion would be provided.

She agreed, but I never heard back from her again either.

What is it with these people? Why can’t they have the decency to do what they agreed upon? It’s like they get what they want to serve their agenda, and to Hell with me afterward.

I’m becoming so calloused that I may never agree to share my stuff again without asking for monetary compensation before letting whomever use my intellectual property.

Enough of that. I feel better now, getting that off my chest. Happy Easter, by the way. I have other complaints, but they can wait for another diatribe to express my animosity. Thanks for your support and putting up with my whining.

Incidentally, I’ve remixed a cover tune done with the multi-talented Rie Waits, which I’d like to share with you. She is also in COVID-19 lockdown in Japan, and will be working with me to make another duet soon. In the meantime, here’s the old ditty originally recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Kay Starr:

Any responses or comments would be greatly appreciated, for which complaints about a lack thereof can fill up a whole other weekly entry.

About Mike Slickster

As an early retiree with an honorary doctorate degree from the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks," this upcoming author with a lot of free time on his hands utilizes his expansive repertoire for humorous yet tragic, wildly creative writing that contains years of imaginative fantasy, pure nonsense, classic slapstick, extreme happiness and searing heartbreak; gathered by a wealth of personal experiences throughout his thrilling—sometimes mundane or unusually horrid—free-spirited, rock-'n'-roller-coaster ride around our beloved Planet Earth. Mike Slickster's illustrious quest continues, living now in Act Three of his present incarnation, quite a bit on the cutting edge of profundity and philosophical merriment as seen through his colorful characters, most notably evident in the amusing Thirty Days Across the Big Pond series, all of which can be found at Lulu.com.
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1 Response to Lent’s Over: It’s OK for Me to Complain Again

  1. To set the record straight, I heard from George by e-mail on Monday. He sent me a copy of the ad and said, “I was planning on getting you a hard copy of the magazine which seemed like an easier task before this whole shut down. When I do get one I’ll figure out a way to get it over to you. Thanks again for letting us use the photo.” My faith in humanity is now somewhat restored 🙂

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