I was recently alerted by the Unwired Medic that I had, in fact, become an EMS Meme.
A selfie-photo from what I believe to be the 2011 or 2012 Memorial Day Parade in Forest Hills, Queens was used by the Medics R Us – IRE Facebook Page. The caption read, “When I get sent to the hospital with a staff room with a microwave!”
After commenting on the surrealness of becoming an Internet Meme, their administrator thanked me for the use of my face and admitted that it came up as the first image in a search for “happy emt”. Most people who know me realize that there are only two expressions in photos I consciously do. The first, and most common, is the “open mouth manic grin” while the second is the “stern look with raised eyebrow glare” for THOSE moments. My mother hates it. She prefers people to smile traditionally and look nice in photos.
She also still uses Kodak disposable cameras because she can’t quite master photo taking on the iPad we got her last year. Go figure.
It’s really an interesting experience to see yourself as a meme. It’s a, “Hey wait, I know that guy!” type of moment followed by the sudden realization that you have been scraped and portrayed in a fashion out of context to the actual situation. More importantly, if I had not made the conscious decision years ago to stand out in photos through that over the top manic performance, it may never have happened and then I may never have become as internet famous as Medics R Us – IRE made me.
Or maybe they wouldn’t have become as internet famous as I’ve now made them if they had used someone else’s face who was more manic than myself.