1. Hands down, people are much nicer to you if you are wearing a Santa hat.
2. Ball-obsessed dogs are no less ball-obsessed with a Santa hat than they are with say – a tennis ball flying through the yard at warp speed.
I recently photographed an event where as a party favor, I was given a ride to my car by a professional chauffeur in a new Lexus and presented a coupon for nine thousand dollars toward the purchase of a new one. Two nights later on a dance floor I asked the man who offered this generous favor if he would accept double coupons.
He laughed and said that for me he would, just once.
This brought the price down to fifty-seven thousand dollars.
Unless I can get him to give me forty-thousand on a used Chevy Malibu, I may have to pass.