Frequent Flier Smiles

Tony Pierce just posted on LAist about photographer Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter being on a flight to Miami and another passenger onboard just happened to be Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who obliged the popular shutterbug by posing for a couple pix (here and here).

Wow. One could come up with several reasons why Villaraigosa’s smile is so fake (tired, busy, sick, pre-occupied) or caution not to judge with such limited evidence, but the fact is all I see is a mayor who hasn’t been in office for two years and already the smile dies before reaching his eyes. Instead of being genuine or even pretending to be it looks as if it’s become nothing more than a Pavlovian reaction, a perfunctory constriction of the maxillofacial muscles in response to a camera being pointed in his direction.

Sad, really.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."