Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

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.

Here's a stock certificate with a picture of a half-naked man wearing what looks like curtains. Or perhaps it's a toga. He's holding a globe and a bunch of lightning bolts. He has that Atlas-Zeus thing going. :)

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.

The main advantage this mini tripod has over the other tripod that I already have is it is much smaller and lighter. That makes it a lot more likely that I'll bring it wherever I go, whereas the big tripod tends to stay at home because it is too cumbersome.

While it's true that this tripod isn't very tall at all, I can always place it on a table, or if I'm outside, a boulder or a park bench.

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.

Yes, giant chopsticks suspended from the ceiling are a recurring theme in the decor. :)
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