One For All You Smileys

All my life I'm getting admonishments from those brave enough — like mom — to "smile." It's not a natural facial expression for me, folks, even when I'm plenty happy and content. Plus, my natural frown serves me well. People don't fuck with me, and they don't pester me. They tend to stand off and I've heard from others that I come off as "unapproachable." Suits me fine. The less banality I have to deal with, the better, I say.

So let me throw you a rare bone, taken just this week with my bro-in-law, Sam who's looking good into his 50s.


Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. billy-jay on July 10, 2008 at 07:55

    You know, my natural expression is pretty close to a frown. Especially when I'm thinking about something, people will ask me what I'm angry about.

    I'm not angry, I just look like it.

  2. Michael on February 19, 2010 at 01:26

    I know this is a very old post but I tell you what – at least in the photo Sam looks like he is in his 30’s!

    • Richard Nikoley on February 19, 2010 at 01:34

      Still looks just as good. Just drove back back from Vegas with him today (to Vista, CA).

    • Michael on February 20, 2010 at 05:54

      Amazing! How does he eat?

    • Richard Nikoley on February 21, 2010 at 12:29

      Not great, but he has always worked out regularly and mostly weights.

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