Archive | July, 2010

On Cameras

22 Jul

Anyone who is a regular (or even just occasional) visitor here can probably figure out quite quickly that I like taking pictures.

And it’s true. I do.

I recently went through a few weeks of withdrawal when I sent my beloved G9 back to Canon. It felt like a little piece of me had gone missing. I still had the little Casio Exilim I carry everywhere in my purse, and we spent some quality time together, but I was frustrated by its limitations. It’s a good camera for taking quick shots on my daily commute, but lacks the flexibility I have come to rely upon in my Canon.  Thankfully, though, my Canon came back just in time for our trip to Palm Springs, and all was well.

My love affair with cameras is an old one, first kindled in adolescence by 4-H.  Our club leader had a friend with a dark room, so he convinced him to teach us some photographic basics and how to develop our own photos.  Each kid had to supply their own camera though, and my father gave me the beautiful Asahi SLR that he had bought in Asia when he was on a tour during the early days of the Vietnam War.

On memory.

Dare

13 Jul

There’s something I dare not speak of.

You see that up there? And then do you see the other thing? I can’t, I just can’t. After last year, I just dare not speak of it.

And then there’s that other plant. You see that? You see all those?  Ugh, I can’t. I just can’t. I can’t talk about it.  I just sit and fret and chew on my nails and check the weather obsessively.  Ugggggh.  I can’t stand imagining another year of failure.

So! Let’s concentrate on the things I can talk about. Like garlic, turnips and cherries.

Welcome!

13 Jul

Wow, well hello there every0ne! And thank you so much for stopping by! (And an extra big thank you to MUG! God I love you guys!)

I’m sure some of you are wondering, “Well, gee … Why did Manhattan User’s Guide send us to this blog that seems to be all about life in Upstate New York?”  And you have a point. But I can very much assure you that I am a New Yorker through and through. I’ve been in New York for going on 12 years now and, in fact, I’m typing this from right here in Manhattan.

For a little history on the site, check out this about page.

For some very New York-centric stories see this group of posts.

And for my pictures of New York see this set on my Flickr stream.

Once again, thank you all for stopping by, I hope you enjoy your visit.

Best,

Ann

It’s A Dry Heat

7 Jul

Unlike the heat wave we’re having here in the East, the heat in Palm Springs is indeed a dry heat.

That however doesn’t mean it’s not hot. It just means it’s exactly as hot as the thermometer says it is.

What on earth could drag me and Isaac to the desert at the end of June?  The wedding of one of my dearest friends.  I was so happy for her, so blissfully happy for her it brought me to tears. Oh, and it was gorgeous too.

And when we weren’t laughing and reminiscing with friends we were exploring the desert.