I was walking down one of my favorite streets and spotted a man smoking a pipe next to a tree in front of a historic building (which I wrote about last week). It was a perfect picture. I approached him with encouraging enthusiasm, but before I could even finish my sentence - "No. No,no,no."
I understood, but it still knocked me a down a bit. He didn't know how cool he could have looked in that photo.
"Maybe I'll just photograph architecture for a while," I thought. So, I walked a few feet and noticed an old door on the historic building and took a couple of photos.
"You're not taking a picture of MY door, are you?" I looked up and saw a security guard. Now, I have to say that I have been taking pictures of this building for months and until today, the security guards assigned to this particular building have been very friendly. "You can't take pictures of this building. Not with all the bombs and stuff that have been going off recently."
Then, I walked a little further and noticed the "Fairlie" part of the "Fairlie/Poplar" street sign was gone.
It seemed like everything in the Fairlie-Poplar district had changed over Thanksgiving break - the people, the buildings, the signs, the energy. It seemed like everything and everyone was saying, "No."
I realized that I was just going to have to push through this. Borrowing an idea from Eric Kim, I asked myself - "Can I get 5 no's in 1 day?" That immediately made me smile. I set off to get more "no's".
...and I got a "Yes".
It was worth the wait.
Then, I snapped this candid -
...and decided to ask. And got another "Yes" -
I'll take this one as a "Yes" as well -
In fact, I didn't hear another "no" all day.