By Chuck Woodbury
Many times I’ve heard that somewhere in the world there is someone who looks just like you. My brother once ran into a man in a train station in Europe that he thought at first was me. “I had to get up really close to him to realize it wasn’t you,” he told me later.
I’ve always kept my eyes opened, hoping to find my look-a-like. Well, Wednesday I got an idea.
I went to Google Images, https://google.com/images. There’s a little camera icon in the search box, and if you click it, you can upload a photo of yourself. Then you click and you are greeted with 16 photos of people who supposedly closely resemble you (if you scroll, you will see hundreds more). You also receive a search label. I did this twice with different photos: the first time my label was “senior citizen,” the second time “gentleman.”
But, oh. . . the photos! Really? I look like those old guys? There were even some photos of women! There was even a photo of President Trump. Here’s a screen shot of the first result, my “senior citizen” response.
As you can see, I don’t look anything like these people, at least I don’t think so. Nobody will ever mistake me for the President, I know that for a fact.
Next, I found a nice photo of Gail, which you can see here. I took it at a restaurant about a year ago. I pasted it into Google Images. The “similar” photos were of women generally younger than her and most of them attractive. Her label was “girl.”
I think my gray hair adds years to my age, although if I am honest with myself I must admit I ain’t getting any younger. I remember awhile back in an RV park in Michigan: Gail and I were out for an evening stroll. We passed by a half dozen beer-drinking, middle-aged guys. We waved as we passed. One of the guys smiled and yelled at Gail, who is three years younger than me, “You having a good time with your dad?”
I’m telling you, that hurt.