I’m heading off to Manzanar (the former internment camp) for the weekend. It’s a trip I’ve been looking forward to for a while – not necessarily “fun,” but rich in cultural importance. My poor camera has been limping around without a functional lens for the last week, and the company from which I ordered the new one has been having difficulties processing my order (frustration! frustration!), so in the meantime, a friend of mine has been very kind and allowed me to borrow his own 18-70mm lens. This morning I took it out and put it through its paces. I looked up the manual online and figured out how to attach and detach the filter and the lens hood, and I cleaned some smudges from the filter’s surface. I also took a few test shots to get the feel of it – pictured is a little plastic froggie toy (it’s one of those plastic bath toys) that some friends gave me as part of a “welcome-home-from-oxford” gift last year. He is sitting on top of a pretty container of Korean star paper that I received as a Christmas gift one year (I’m a very slow star maker, since I have a short attention span and get bored quickly, so I haven’t made more than a few dozen out of the kit so far!) You also get a sneak peek of the “reference section” of my bookshelf (or, rather, the writing-related section; I have a whole other section for htm, css, and web design books…). May I point out some of my favorites — the St. Martin’s Sourcebook for Writing Tutors, Barron’s Painless Grammar (mostly useful for tutoring/teaching), and of course, one of my two MLA style books (I have both the Manual and the Handbook, 6th Edition). Unfortunately, my current favorite – my copy of Jump Write In (a book of creative writing prompts that appeal to kids but which I find are perfectly useful for college students who are nervous about writing poetry, as well…) is not on the shelf, since I pulled it earlier this week to bring to a write-in that OT had. Which means it’s probably somewhere on my floor, which means I ought to put it away.
And now I really must do my laundry and run errands, if I ever want to have clean clothes for my trip.
Make up posts and Manzanar post to appear sometime after I return.