My kids go to high school on the Air Force Academy. Which requires, that all of us have special ID cards to get us through the security checkpoint and onto the base. I get it. It's imperative that our military installations are secure. I'm all for that.
Not for vanity reasons. For security reasons. Maybe a little bit of vanity, but mostly the security thing.
My old ID to get on to base taken in 2014.
I don't know if I was chewing gum, trying to get something dislodged from my teeth with my tongue or about to sneeze. But what the hell was I doing with my mouth? Also, why don't I have a neck? I look like Beaker from the Muppets. And why would anyone let me onto a military installation with this ID that: 1. Doesn't look like me 1.5 Please tell me it doesn't look like me 2. Makes me look like a terrorist. Please note the sunglasses on top of my head.
So, I was so excited my ID expires this school year and I had to go get a new one. Because really? You can't get worse than this photo. Or so I thought before I went in to get my new ID. I asked the guy at the counter if he was going to take a new photo. He said he could. And it was settled. I sat down and waited to be called back to the counter while contemplating if I should smile for the photo or not. Then I remembered my last photo. Smile. I'll definitely smile, but I'm not showing teeth. Because: 1. It's unrealistic, I rarely if ever smile and show teeth 2. It's too much pressure and it's bound to look forced and make me look even more like a terrorist.
Finally, it was my turn, so I could stop staring at the official photo of Trump that hung on the wall. No matter what happened, I wasn't going to look like an orange, smug asshole like he does in his pictures. The guy asked me to take off my sunglasses that I'd pushed up on top of my head like a hairband. So I did. Ok, there's a set protocol for the ID photos, this is a good sign, like there is for a passport photo. He snapped it, checked it and then printed up my ID card.
Then he handed it to me...
...and I look like a blurry, orange, smug asshole.
Maybe it's the Trump filter.
And just like Trump, this ID doesn't make me feel any more secure about anything.