I have a new camera that I am so far very pleased with. It’s a Samsung Galaxy Camera. It does 21x optical zoom (with optical stabilization), and has an automatic mode but also a fully manual mode (except for focus, but you can tap on the part of the image you want the camera to auto-focus on). ( More about the camera. )
I have my car back on the road, which is wonderful! If I’d realized how little it was going to cost to fix, I would have gotten it done a long time ago; I’ve spent several times that much on Zipcars in the interim.
( The car saga, and an auto-body recommendation in Quincy. )
I had assumed the car would be a few hundred dollars to repair. It wasn’t. So today [looks at clock] er, yesterday, I finally bought a powered lawnmower. ( On lawn mowing. )
After all the stress of the car Friday night (and again not being able to start it, even with a jumper box, on Saturday), I was very relieved to see plumtreeblossom. We had a lovely Mexican dinner (and lovely margaritas) in Quincy Center, and then went home and watched the fascinating and charmingly low-budget documentary King Corn.
This (Sunday) morning, I called around and found a tow company that came to the parking garage and tried, just as unsuccessfully as I had, to jump-start the car (I suspect there’s some sort of electrical problem like a short), and then towed it to my house. Since we couldn’t get it out of park (which happened a couple times before while I was unsuccessfully trying to start it but turning the key a few times usually fixed it; this time it didn’t), the tow driver showed me the shift release override, which is a handy thing to know about if I ever get this car on the road again.
That is unlikely to happen very soon; I don’t really have money or cycles to deal with this right now. Too many other things need attention.
After that, we had yummy Japanese food for lunch on our way to the Museum of Science to see the gecko exhibit, which was lots of fun. I put some photos up on my Tumblr account. (Sorry about the terrible image quality.) We had a great time! Then we watched an IMAX movie about dolphins.
And tonight at her place we watched another episode of Ken Burns’ The Civil War.
By the way, our copious documentary-watching has seriously expanded our vocabulary for insults. A week or so ago plumtreeblossom sent me a text in which she referred to somebody (not any of you, dear readers; fear not!) as stupid enough to qualify as a mammal-like reptile.
You can click on the picture to massively embiggen in case you want to try to figure out whether that thing is steam powered or not or what the weird black box is under the chassis in front of the things that might be batteries with all the little U-shaped handles on it.
(For anybody on my Friends list who doesn’t know, this is the short play written by the excellent Mark Harvey Levine that plumtreeblossom (commissioned! and) directed for Festival@First 7: Shaken Up Shakespeare, performed by surrealestate, barumonkey, saxikath, and Lev. Here’s plumtreeblossom’s post about it.
I’ve got photos from the other shows, too, and they will go up on Flickr as I get time
(Sorry for the lack of editing and the somewhat austere captions.)
EDIT: spacechicken pointed out that I had a bunch of the photos miscaptioned as to which gorgeous little love-cupcake they depicted. Fixed now.
Expect pictures later this week.
EDIT: I’m a slacker, but plumtreeblossom and spacechicken have pictures up already.
Hi! plumtreeblossom took a bunch of pictures of Festival@First 6 with my camera, and I’ve just finished selecting and uploading them to Flickr. (She had previously cropped and posted a bunch herself.)
The photos I’ve uploaded are available as a set in my Flickr photostream as well as in the Theatre@First Flickr pool; the ones plumtreeblossom uploaded a few days ago are also in the Theatre@First Flickr pool as well as posted to her journal.
And here are links to the individual shows (by Flickr tag):
- Cupid’s Beau
- Breakfast with Warhol
- The Usual
- Not Funny
- Helluva Poker Face
- Canyon’s Edge
- Season’s Greetings
- Dan in the Lion’s Den (plumtreeblossom’s play)
Sorry they aren’t cropped or colour-edited; I just haven’t had time.
(Cross-posted to my personal journal and theatreatfirst.)
Friday after work, I met plumtreeblossom after work for fried chicken. The Popeye’s in Kenmore Square where we’d been planning on eating was insanely crowded due to a ball game, so plumtreeblossom suggested we turn it into an impromptu picnic. We walked a few blocks with our food to the Esplanade and had a lovely dinner by the Charles.
From there we walked to the Charles/MGH T stop, and on the way we saw a family of Canada geese with three cute little goslings! Pictures on Flickr (scroll down a bit).
After stopping at plumtreeblossom’s house to dump off our stuff and get cleaned up, we went to a combination birthday (yay!) and going-away (boo!) party for Theatre@First stalwart and all-round sweetheart big_jewfro. We were unfortunately too tired to stay very long but we had just a wonderful time. plumtreeblossom managed to drag me into the karaoke room, which I thought I wouldn’t enjoy, but I had a fabulous time. It was a truly delightful party. I hope the Boston area ends up getting big_jewfro and his sweetie back eventually, but wherever he settles will be a big bright spot visible from orbit.
When we got to plumtreeblossom’s house (fortunately only a few blocks from the party) we collapsed right away.
Saturday morning we had breakfast at local favourite The Burren and then went to Earthfest, an annual eco-themed music and marketing event on the Charles River Esplanade. I’d never been before, but plumtreeblossom’s been several times and said this year’s was the most crowded she’s seen. This is a free concert with an associated vast stretch of marketing tents, all with some connection ranging from direct to very tenuous with ecology. Oh, and food vendors, of course. We had a lovely time, but the crowd was very dense and it was a lot of walking and waiting. Lots and lots of cute dogs to look at! And the weather was spectacular. I’ve put a few photos on Flickr.
Saturday evening I helped eisa unload at her new apartment. Due to the large number of people and the relatively small amount of stuff it was very quick, and the traditional pizza was yummy. I’m delighted to have her (and her dogs) back in the area.
Now, I think, it’s time for bed.
PS — During the course of the weekend, plumtreeblossom and I discovered that the longest of the three escalator flights at the Porter Square T stop is exactly one hundred kisses long.