Yes, Michael, Rita is real. She lives with me and my three dogs and Che, the chinchilla. She’s been with me for ten years or so. I swear she is not an imaginary friend. I haven’t had one of those since I was too little to remember. Here, I’m holding her on my hand and trying to photograph her with no access to the focus ring. As I often do, I set the focus before I picked her up and hoped for the best. She’s normally patient with my camera although I don’t think she’s ever much interested in it. She’s seen it for almost her whole life. I guess she thinks it’s something I wear sometimes, like eyeglasses. I must have hundreds of Rita snapshots.