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...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*!
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. >.>
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*!
Can I insert you into the Aubreyad? You can seduce Stephen and make him forget about The Fiend. *hopeful look*
and then you'll probably leave him for Bonden.
I was grinning from ear to ear, knowing what was coming up.
I had a suspicion, I mean, what with Bonden and all, but then Stephen's talk with Sir Joseph had put me a bit on edge and especially Stephen's insistance that Jack take something to numb the pain, should there be any attacks. Hee, but I loved how anyone who wasn't a seaman got chased off.
God, but the actual reality after that seriously took my breath away. You can just imagine it so vividly, can't you?
Did you know that because of that public outcry at the Cochrane trial, that they never used the pillory again in Britain? Isn't that wonderful?
I have no idea what they did for those two hours, though my idea of it had a bit more order and discipline than yours. *L* But songs are always included.
*L*!!! Naah... Stephen and Bonden and I could have a menage a trois!
I know... O'Brian really made you scared for Jack, didn't he? Stupid question... was Stephen there during the pillory??? I can't remember him being mentioned!
Ah, research maiden at work! So is that what happened with Cochrane? Did the Navy show up and save the day? Yay!!!!!
Order and discipline? No fun! *L*!
He was. He was even mentioned in the bit I just wrote up ("Stephen, of course"). He's right in the center of Jack's line of vision together with Babbs and Pullings and so on. As if he'd ever leave Jack's side at a moment like that.
I was terrified for Jack, I really was, but even more terrified for what would happen after. The first chapters of Letter of Marque cut me to the core to see him like that.
And yes, it's what happened with Cochrane, though he was the pawn of his uncle (and I doubt he was all that innocent as Jack was to be honest, but that might be just me not having all the facts. Cochrane was a lot more politically active than Jack ever was or wanted to be in any case). As I said, it was because of the public outcry over Cochrane's trial that the pillory was never used in England again.
Lord, I hope they'll use that as a question on QI one day. I'll look so smart answering that one. "1814. Lord Cochrane."
Ah!!!! Good! I remember them listing a bunch of people, and I must have zoomed through them. It was just odd because the point of view switches to Jack from Stephen from one chapter to the next, so it's not obvious.
I know... the way Jack is just dead inside. In a very small way, the whole thing, this time, made me think of the way things went at Lilly. In a very, very, very small way. *G*
Wow - so Cochrane's sailors took the whole thing over, too? YAY!!!! Did he ever get re-instated? (I doubt it)
*ggl* Yes, you would look smart answering it! So where did you read about Cochrane? Find a good short summary on-line? I doubt it would be big enough to be in Wikipedia...
I just soaked all that stuff up. I had such a great visual of it from Jack's POV, seeing Babbington right in front of him, grave and with his hat held against his chest, and then slowly seeing more people, and more and more, until finally you realise what a sea of seamen is facing you. And what each of them stands to lose just by being there. And that they do it anyway. Aww, man, if it weren't for the fact that he was getting majorly screwed over, he'd have been the hapiest man in the navy to get that kind of support.
Dead. It said somewhere that he sealed off his heart to keep it from breaking... which made me just stare at the page for five minutes straight, trying not to cry, because Jack without his exuberant emotions just isn't Jack.
Explain how it reminds you of Lilly, though. ;) I'm trying to see the connexion.
And yes, Cochrane got reinstated. ^_^ And he fought for the Greek in their war for independence before he was, which I think rather cool. >.> I vaguely wish Jack would have done that. It wouldn't be unreasonable of him to go there, especially with Stephen's interest in the field. Instead... LA! We're following him to Chile. Which is alright by me, too. Chile has pretty animals for Stephen and Martin to geek over.
And yes, Wiki and whatever Google could cough up. I've searched the library with a fine-toothed comb and come up with nothing, though really my library's awful on the subject. Several books on the Bounty's mutiny, a really good one on Cook and Banks... and that's it. Nothing on Nelson even. No Nelson, forsooth! Let alone Cochrane. I was appalled. And then I took up the Cook/Banks book, because I couldn't go home empty-handed.
"because Jack without his exuberant emotions just isn't Jack." Ain't it true?
*rolls eyes at your ;)*
Forsooth!!!! *G* Cook/Banks, eh? Now there's a slash pairing I never heard of. Hmmm... could the basis for Aubrey/Maturin! ;)
Hah! Actually I wanted to write "the Cook book", and decided upon rereading that I might want to be a bit clearer on that.
Nah, Cook is nothing like Aubrey (sadly, heh, for Stephen).
Why dost thou roll thy eyes at me, Auntie?!
*L*! The Cookbook - *G*!
(just rolling my eyes at your "gee, why did that bit with Jack being kicked out of the service remind you of Lilly"... *G*)
Good old Wiki!
So, this was stolen, too: "In 1800 Cochrane was appointed to command the sloop HMS Speedy in which he achieved his most famous exploit, the capture of the Spanish xebec El Gamo, 32 guns and 319 men compared to Speedy's 14 guns and 54 men, on 6 May 1801. On 8 August 1801 he was promoted to the rank of Post-Captain." *squee!*
And I read on about the pillory - did you know that when Daniel Defoe was pilloried for a government satire, the crowd threw flowers, in their support of him? Yay!
Hee, yes. Thought I actually looked around for a bit of additional information on the Cochrane trial.
And yep, Cacafuego, anyone? Hee! If it wasn't for Cochrane's political track record he might well be Jack. >.>
That's wonderful! I didn't even know Defoe was pilloried to be honest. See, sometimes people can just ROCK.
Some big differences that struck me, though (other than being a nephew of an Admiral!) were that he didn't go to sea until he was 17 (17!?!?!?!), and the action with El Gamo was when he was only 24 (!?!?!?!?!).
You're right it IS old, and definitely a quick advancement through the ranks, but there was a war on. And as for the action with El Gamo, he did it when he was a commander (not yet a post-captain, bwah, oh O'Brian you historical thief) and our Babbington was probably younger than that when he got made.
>.> I don't know. I say "child prodigy" coupled with "war".
I'm reminded of Hornblower, though. (Damn, I need to read those books.) He joined when he was 17 as well (being the son of a doctor and after a classical education, oh Forester you historical thief), distinguished himself quite early, and shot through the ranks like nothing else.
And another important difference (based on his picture) - HE WASN'T FAT! *heeheehee!* *ducks*
Oh... and one point in his favor? He was Scottish.. *G* *sighs*
Oooo!!!!! Sign Billy up to play him in a movie!!!
A movie about Cochrane, now THAT's something I'd see. (>.> I still need to see 'The Bounty', too.)
Ahem, though* not thought.
*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.
Really? Great!!! *L*! Love your Hobbitstalker... may your hunting be successful! You're smart to practice with it now and get used to them. Wow - you're doing great!!!
|Date:||April 23rd, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm so sorry to hear about your camera. Hope they can fix it. *hugs*
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
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!
"A: That went well I think!" - *L*! Sounds very Pippinish! *G*
Oh, god, not a post-apocalyptic chicken!!!!
"tinsel playing tag on an iron pine"... is a line in the song?!?! Which leads to the next question, and I'm sure I've asked it before... Are there lyrics on-line?
Awwww... thanks! No, I don't think insurance covers high-end photographic equipment; you probably need to get special insurance for that. But, I'll see if it's repairable; I owe a good old lens that much.
You know one of his nicknames is Pippin?
I sent you lyrics with the CD when it gets there!
Aww we specifiy certain value individual pieces in our household contents insurance ...so they ARE covered, just wondered if it were the same.
May you and your lens soon be reunited!
and tinsel plays tag .. ... is the actual line yah.
*L*! Really??? *G* I wonder if it refers to the musical, "Pippin", though - *G*.
I GOT IT!!!!!! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!
Please tell me you didn't write these all out just for ME!!!!! Oh, neat - I can refer to them as I listen, with my booklet - SQUEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! Thank you! *G*
well it aint the Hobbit lol!
oh goodie! no - don't fret .. mostly I took from the fan-site www.commonrotation.de ..and tweaked the lyrics where I know they were definitely wrong ;) .. I'll send you the one I missed if you like :)
It's so cute! And you put a little thing in the corner so it's a BOOK! And the letter - *G*. AND THE CD!!!! Sorry, I was sleepy when I wrote about it earlier. You are so sweet - *S*.
I got carried away ... ;) btw have gacked a US poster so don't ye worry about my lickle request .. unless the perfect image falls in your way and you are snapping ;)!!
hope the CD brings back lots of memories too!
You have? Cool!
I'm sure it will... *G*
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.
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*!
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.
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*.
|Date:||April 24th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)|| |
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*
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!
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"
*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!!!!
gonna see it Thursday! I know he's only in it for about 2 minutes :( but he's apparently still the funniest thing in it ;)!
Only 2 minutes???? I hope not!
I hope I get to see it... was traveling this weekend and am carless until Friday (getting old dents taken care of)
apparently so ...lots of cut scenes are suspected - I'm hoping for more on the dvd .. but I want to see it big too :D
Yeah, I saw it. Morgan and I went because we went to school with the kid who plays the flaming gay cousin of the Arabic contestant... hahah.
*LL*! The contestant who is a terrorist who loves showtunes? *G*
No, his flaming cousin who decides to become his manager :-)