14 February 2007

If I Were a Rich Man...

...I would probably buy one of these:


Hasselblad H3D 39Mp med. format DSLR, street price w/ 80mm lens approx. $32K

Since I am not a rich man, I opted for one of these, instead:


Nikon D80 10Mp DSLR, street price w/ 18-135mm zoom lens approx. $1200


I'd been wanting to upgrade my photographic capabilities for some time now, and since I've become David's de facto photographer, the little Olympus point n' shoot just wasn't really cutting it anymore. The Nikon will eat up whatever tax refund I'm getting, plus a bit more, I expect, but I had a 6-month-no-interest option and figured it would be a worthwhile use of funds in the long run. It's scheduled to arrive sometime during the day Wednesday, assuming that UPS doesn't get slowed down by...

...The Impending Storm.

We're supposed to get a hell of a Nor'easter here, and the snow has just started. By the time I'm supposed to be leaving the house for work, we're expected to be in the middle of blizzard conditions. Since driving 50 miles in a blizzard isn't exactly my idea of a fun time, not to mention pretty much insane, I'm actually leaving about 12 hours early, while it's still coming down fairly lightly. We have a tiny bedroom and a bed at the clinic, and a shower so I don't offend my coworkers. My bag of spare clothes is packed, and I'll cart along the Hitchhiker and a bit of knitting in case I don't get tons of people driving in through the heavy snow and freezing rain (You never know with these things, sometimes it seems to bring out the crazies).

Sleeve Progress

I finished the increases on the sweater sleeve last night, so only a few more inches to go before I can attach that one to the body and start sleeve #2. The hands are only allowing a little bit at a time, but I'm taking it easy and not pushing them and things are going okay, albeit slowly. If I pace myself well, I may yet get a chance to wear it before it's sweltering, but I'm still not going to lay money on that.

And if anyone reading this is going to Spa this weekend, keep an eye out for me. I'll be going after I get off work Saturday morning, so I'll be the really, really sleepy guy with lots of earrings.

Update: Dug In

Made it to work fine and before the roads got too bad, though the semis barreling past me on the turnpike and kicking up thick, billowing clouds of snow did make for some tense moments here and there.

Only 11 more hours until my shift begins.

7 comments:

Julie said...

I'm going to SPA; I look forward to meeting you :)

Sheepish Annie said...

Drive safely!!!!!

My cold and I are planning on being at Spa on Saturday. I'll be the really bleary-eyed, sneezing gal with lots of earrings.

knitnzu said...

Glad you're in a safe place, hopefully warm and somewhat snug, or at least with good hot things to drink. My feelings about being out and about in snow storms (storm? oh! let's drive to Lake Ontario-from Syracuse) have changed now that I have a kiddo (uh uh, roads are slippery and people are crazy). Oooh! I know what I want to do on Saturday!

Paul said...

I'm glad you got to work safely. It looks like you have lots of time for a nap and some knitting beofre it's your turn...

Sister Sue said...

You are one dedicated Veterinary Dude, and as a pooch owner, I thank you for that! Milton is all bandaged up again because of that stupid little cut at the tip of his ear. So he is miserable, but at least he has company today--the snow got me out of school and Phil out of a trip to Augusta. We send you warm thoughts and a wish for minimal work on your shift--which means healthy pets and people NOT driving in this crazy storm!

Meg said...

Using the camera for a business let you deduct a portion of it every year ... be sure to include it is your business expenses. Just FYI ... I can even do that with my rams.

Sean said...

Glad you have a plan for staying safe and warm. Hope you get a lot of knitting done!