January 7th, 2005

No hunting

Tripod, because a bipod doesn't work quite as well

It snowed. It didn't look like there would be a significant amount of snow yesterday but there was more snow and sleet overnight and by the morning, there was an inch-thick sheet of ice on my car.

Went to the bank to get my Social Security card from the safe deposit box because I needed to fax it to the brokerage. Then I faxed it. Then I went back to the bank to put the card back into the box. I wasn't thinking this through because I could have saved one trip to the bank by taking a picture of my SS card. A bit of image processing work would've yielded a greyscale image of the card in the correct dimensions that I could print out and fax. Anyway, when I went back to the bank to return the card, I took pictures of many of my documents for future reference.

Exhibit A: Barely-Clothed Deityism on a Stock CertificateCollapse )

In the evening, I went to the Palisades Center Mall to get another item on my list: a small, lightweight tripod for the camera. I found one at Best Buy. Then I found another one at Target. Then I went back downstairs to Best Buy because theirs was a little cheaper and came with a carrying case.

Exhibit B: The TripodCollapse )

The nice thing about having a tripod is it enables me to take pictures with a long exposure setting, which is necessary for night shots and indoor shots without flash.

After purchasing the tripod, I went to Stir Crazy. It's an Asian fusion cuisine restaurant at the top level of the mall. "Fusion" is often an euphemism for trying to cook the cuisines of half a dozen countries and being mediocre in all of them. Stir Crazy, unfortunately, isn't an exception. But since I was there, I might as well have some Pad Thai.

Exhibits C-F: Eat, Drink, and SomethingCollapse )
Morton small

Snowy Friday Five

From fridayfiver:

1. What's your opinion on snow?
The Secretary of the Treasury or the precipitation? :)

2. Have you ever built a snowman?
No. Guess I should do that one day.

3. Do you do any winter time sports?
Does geocaching in the snow count? :)

4. When's the last time you had a snowball fight?
In college, probably about 12 years ago. Just a bunch of people throwing around snow that hadn't turned grey yet.

5. What's the most snow you've ever gotten in a single storm?
There was a snowstorm with 2 feet of snow a few winters ago in Northern NJ.