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April 23rd, 2006
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QUICK update... I've been AFK...
...since Wednesday, at the least. I went on a trip down to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park to photograph (through Kentucky, down to Tennessee), then over to North Carolina to my brother's which is where I'm at now. Monday I'll drive back to Indiana (about 10 hours of driving, plus stops). It's been a mixed bag of a trip - one great day of shooting on Thursday, followed by falling into a creek with my camera AND my good long lens. I let them dry overnight, but the camera's shot, and the lens is not working. The lens is veryveryvery expensive, though, so I'll send it into Nikon to see if it can be repaired. With no camera, I cut the trip short and went to my brother's a day earlier, driving through Friday. Again, beautiful out, but hard to appreciate with no camera! Saturday we took it easy, and I saw where my older niece is getting married outside, tried to talk her into taking photos the few hours before the wedding, rather than waiting until after (because she doesn't want him to see her before the wedding) - but, no luck. And, finally, I saw the listings in Chicago the real estate agent sent me, and I don't like ANY of them. Damn. Just feeling down, down, down. I guess it's natural - I'm losing my house, I just probably lost a lens that has been like my right arm for photography, and I'm dead nervous about photographying my niece's wedding.

On the other hand, I have a very positive new job waiting for me, it's a beautiful spring, and I have my cats. And I'm really enjoying more of O'Brian's works - *G*. You're right, Gilly, the show loyalty after the "trial" was so touching. I'd almost forgotten it. *S* And so much gets wrapped up by the end of Reverse of the Medal! And, yes, I did remember Jack's success's in the next book - *G*.

Haven't been keeping up on LiveJournal, and I'll be on LJ less and less with the coming weeks, especially once I start working, so if there's something I don't comment on, and you're wondering why, bring it to my attention, please! Thanks so much.

And, once again, having you guys as a constant in my life is such a help in times like these, when I'm going to be moving. Thank you all. *S*

Anything else...? Listening to a lot of music in the car, of course. Last time (Chicago), it was Common Rotation (Clear Channel), KT Tunstall, Del Amitri, 30 Seconds to Mars, and... I forget! This time it was the same, and then I switched to Common Rotation (Bleeker St. Live), "Man of La Mancha", U2 (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb), and a recording of various artists recording acoustically at a Boulder, CO radio station. Love getting the chance to really listen to CD's when I drive on long trips; it's really the only time I do it.

So, Pooh... here are 3 songs to explain to me: "Oklahoma", "Everything Under the Sun", and "Hollywood Romance" - since I know they're 3 of your favorites. *G* At least Clear Channel is something I understand the subject of! *L*!

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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:April 23rd, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Ack, I'm so so sorry to hear about your lens. *winces* I'll cross my fingers that they'll be able to fix it.

Again, beautiful out, but hard to appreciate with no camera!
Is it harder to appreciate without a camera? That's so interesting. You'd think the camera would act as a sort of glass partition between you and the world, it's cool that it's the exact opposite. Does it make you look for pretty stuff more keenly?

the show loyalty after the "trial" was so touching.
Wasn't it, though? I completely choked up.

"The man was slowly fumbling with the bolt, hinge and staple, and as Jack stood there with his hands in the lower half-rounds, his sight cleared: he saw that the broad street was filled with silent, attentive men, some in long togs, some in shore-going rig, some in plain frocks, but all perfectly recognisable as seamen. And officers, by the dozen, by the score: midshipmen and officers. Babbington was there, immediately in front of the pillory, facing him with his hat off, and Pullings, Stephen of course, Mowett, Dundas... He nodded to them, with almost no change in his iron expression, and his eye moved on: Parker, Rowan, Williamson, Hervey... and men from long, long ago, men he could scarcely name, lieutenants and commanders putting their promotion at risk, midshipmen and master's mates their commissions, warrant-officers their advancement.
'The head a trifle forward, if you please, sir,' murmured the sherriff's man, and the upper half of the wooden frame came down, imprisoning his defenseless face. He heard the click of the bolt and then in the dead silece a strong voice cry 'Off hats'. With one movement hundreds of broad-rimmed tarpaulin-covered hats flew off and the cheering began, the fierce full-throated cheering he had so often heard in battle."

I'm tearing up again now, just re-reading it. And thank God a lot gets resolved! I'd been waiting for it to get resolved ever since Malta. >.>
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 23rd, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
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Ah, yes... it would be like Stephen seeing an island and knowing he can't collect on it! It's kind of an "oh, god, I hope I don't see anything really cool that I'll be kicking myself for not having a camera to photograph!!!" feeling, you know? And it does make me look for stuff more keenly, as you say.

God, at the pillory? And the "Off hats." *shivers* Amazing.

I was grinning from ear to ear, knowing what was coming up. *G* But, you gotta wonder... what did they do for the 2 hours? I'd like to think they all broke out some rum, wine, and beer and drank and sang songs - *L*! "Here, Jack, want another sip?" "Thankee, Stephen, that went down well." *L*!

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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 23rd, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
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*G* - great "oh no" Sean icon - *S. I use my camera and lenses a LOT, so I'm okay with losing the camera (I get my money's worth out of it very fast), but my big f 2.8 300 mm lens has a lot of sentimental value, and it's my big powerhouse lens that I love. I still have hopes that it's fixable. The glass is fine; it's the electrical part that's probably shorted out. We'll see! Thanks.
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From:catw
Date:April 23rd, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
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I'm so sorry to hear about your camera. Hope they can fix it. *hugs*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 23rd, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - *S*.
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From:anonypooh
Date:April 23rd, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
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EXPLAIN? MOI?

I've told you before -talk to the icon ;) hee - hope you get the mail soon.

I'll write you out the "explanation" intro given to Everything Under The Sun from one live performance;)

E: So, err, this is the closest thing we have to a love song, umm..
A: keep talking .. tell em about it..
E: Well it was written back in the Summer of err '96 and.. no that's not true at all. I don't know .. wha.. what's going on?
A: That went well I think!
E: I know! I tried.
A; That was pretty good.
E: So It's actually about a painting that was hanging in my kitchen.. that had a chicken in a boat, alright? And what seemed to be a post-apocalyptic scene. And the painting was called "Post Annihilation Chicken in a Lovers Paradise", or something, I dunno.
A: We're not art connoisseurs, keep in mind
E: No, no,no - so I figured I'd write a love song.. from the point of view of a chicken... after a war.

;)

lmao. I remember once writing a post-apocalyptic drabble type email to pohewa after we first saw them, cos it was her favourite song - where the "row of scarecrows" were piles of dead bodies and "tinsel playing tag on an iron pine" was some debris on twisted railings or something - just trying to wind her up and make it non lovey .. she said I was scary and had a twisted mind or something - ;) who? lickle me? this is a year and a half ago mind - trouble is that always kind of stuck with me .. oops. Moral of the tale - what it means to YOU .. is what is MEANS. :D
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From:anonypooh
Date:April 24th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
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p.s. hope the lens gods are working hard!!! And I hope it was covered by insurance too eep!

And thanks for the update ..we missed you!

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From:arevanye
Date:April 23rd, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
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Oh man, that is a pity about your camera and lens. Who knows though, maybe once they thoroughly dry out, they may start magically working again. I'll keep my fingers crossed. You weren't injured in your creek fall, were you?

That's tough about the Chicago listings--it must be a horribly expensive market.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 25th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
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No... just hit soft water! *G*

You know what's scary? That a friend from Chicago went to California and said it's twice as expensive as Chicago there - *meep*!
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From:hobbitgrrl
Date:April 24th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
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Ack! That's horrible about the camera and lens! Were your pictures ok, or did you lose them too? *big hugs!*

On a somewhat less tragic photography note, (in case you don't see it) I'll point out that I just posted a poll in my journal for a study abroad photo contest, and I'd love to get your feedback if you have a few minutes. If you don't get around to, don't worry about it, though! Hope your lens feels better soon.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 25th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
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Amazingly enough, the card survived (along with the pics) - thanks!

Thanks for the note; I'd probably have missed it otherwise - I'll check it out. And thanks - *S*.
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From:cyloran
Date:April 24th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
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Dang! Hopefully the lens is something that can be repaired by Nikkon. Now probably isn't a good time to ask how you fell in the creek, is it? *looks sheepish*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 25th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
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Easy... was holding the tripod and setting it up while standing on some rocks next to the stream and slipped on a wet/mossy rock!
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From:psyknife
Date:April 24th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
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I've fallen in a stream while photographing before... granted, it wasn't an expensive camera and/or lense, but it did cause me to lose all my vacation photos up until that point, and I had to sit in the back seat of the car in my underpants with my shorts hanging out the window to dry. Serious. Hope that story at least cheered you up a little... haha.
I'm sorry you're having issues finding a place up here. That stinks.
What area are you looking in?
PS - the lead singer from CoRo is in "American Dreamz"
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From:rosamundeb
Date:April 25th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
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*L*! I didn't go quite so far as to drive in my underpants - *G*.

Jeez... any decent area! I mean, 10 years ago, I would have been okay with still doing my laundry in a coin washer/dryer, having a window unit A/C instead of central, fighting for a parking space, sharing walls/ceiling/floor with neighbors... pretty much what you're doing now. But to go from what I have now to that? Depressing. We'll see. To be honest, I'm looking in expensive places, too, because the place I'll be working in is in Lake Forest, and I don't want a huge commute, so we're talking North Shore, from Evanston up.

Hey, yeah!! Have you seen the movie yet? Anonypooh told me about that - *G*. Gotta see it!!!!
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