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Week 16 – Requalification

Every spring I take one day in April to go to Seashore Trolley Museum and renew my driver’s license.  It’s a little boy’s dream.  I get to play with full-scale antique trains.  There is no such thing as a bad day behind the controls. Of course I brought a camera. SHOOT MORE SLIDE FILM! Camera:…

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Week 21 – Recital

Skipping ahead to the present. . . This week was Beth’s year-end band concert. She and her classmates did great. I packed along my SX70 and my Instax Min 90. I figured there wasn’t much point in trying to get shots of her across the crowded auditorium, so I concentrated on portraits. The SX70 was…

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Week 15 – Railcars to Oil City

On the last weekend of April, Beth came with me on a railcar excursion on the Western NY & PA railroad out of Meadville, PA.  Over the course of 2 days we traveled to Oil City and Corry, PA. Camera: Leica M3 Lens: Summilux 50mm 1.4 Film: Eastman Double-X 5222 Developed in Ilfosol 3 6:00…

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Week 14 – . . .and then it doesn’t

Back in Week 11, Beth and I took advantage of the early spring sunshine to take a box camera to one of our picturesque local cemeteries.  I also took along my Nikon FG and some black and white film. After trudging around in the snow enjoying the wrought iron and shadows, we stopped to haunt…

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Week 13 – Life Goes On

Spring is here and life goes on. I have fallen behind with posting, but I continue to shoot film.  Finding the time to develop was difficult, and then the faithful Epson v700 began acting up. I don’t really know what was wrong with the scanner. I performed all of the usual troubleshooting steps to no…

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Happy Birthday

Fifteen years ago, a lonely unwanted cat gave birth in a wood pile.  The days were warm and sunny, and she soon brought her 5 charges out to frolic in the fresh air.  She never allowed them to stray very far from her side because the world is a big scary place. We began to…

Just ducky

It’s a relatively normal morning. We get our first call before coffee. She’s a regular chest pain patient; an uncontrolled angina. Oxygen, IV, monitor; 12-lead ECG and nitroglycerin. The only hitch is with the aspirin. She doesn’t like the taste and refuses to swallow it. The early morning traffic is light, and we make easy…

Letting go

Yesterday at work I broke my $1000 pen. The backstory: Two years ago when Jasmine was sick, we made multiple visits to the emergency vet.  These usually involved an overnight stay and a scary bill.  Each time I signed, I kept the pen.  It was my own small rebellion against her illness. Over time I…

Situational Awareness

For a while now I have been endeavoring to teach Kiddo situational awareness.  This is largely centered around parking lots and traffic, things like “Don’t put yourself between a moving vehicle and a stationary object,” and “don’t walk behind any car which could back up.”  It will eventually extend to the things any young woman…