I live in the Marietta area and also work not far from the historic square, which contains buildings that I think escaped Sherman’s march to the sea.

But yesterday and also on Monday, the Square was turned into El Paso, Texas, for the filming of the movie Dumb and Dumber To. For days, traffic in the area has been a nightmare as filming crews set up. Yesterday, I had to venture to the main post office, so I decided to check out what was going on. Even though there were people standing around “stargazing” finding a parking place was not difficult.

The park on the Square was closed. Period . . . end of that discussion! In fact, the police were stationed at all corners and in-between. I always keep a camera with me and a long lens because you just never know when you will need it, right? It was lunch so I doubted that I would see any of the actors, but as fate would have it . . . .

I did . . . . along with a Lone Star flag planted in one of the flower beds.

I found out quickly that a long lens is a great thing to have except when you are photographing a Hollywood star like Jim Carrey in the above photo. I was across the street dodging on-coming cars, when I took this fast photo as he drank a Dr. Pepper and talked with those on the set! I also drew the attention of the police.

In fact, as soon as the long lens came out and I took this photo, a cop on a scooter starting coming my way. One lady shouted, “Here he comes; move back!” She must have known the drill because after he left, she stepped right back out into the street with her iPhone camera. By then I had my photo and was ready to go.

But as I turned to leave a guy standing next to me said, “Now I can die happy; I’ve see Jim Carrey.” I had to think about that one for a while because if I was going to die happy, it certainly would be over something else—like a sunset view in the mountains with Cocoa and friends!