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).
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.