I'm in my second day of the 7:30-4:00 schedule, and based on my experiences yesterday it is totally worth riding with the enemy. I would feel better about it if I could drive a Sparrow like Earthworm does, but my commute is 26 miles, and the Sparrow needs a charge after 25. Plus I don't think there are electrical outlets in my parking deck (although I've never actually checked.) Anyway, leaving work at 4 pm on a sunny and warm day is heavenly.
I'm still in camera-obsession mode, and I keep doing want/need analyses to justify my choice of camera before I actually buy it. There are cheaper models that would suffice while the slightly more expensive model would rock. The problem with want/need analyses is the basic fact that I don't technically NEED a new digital camera in the first place. The old one still takes pictures in its crippled LCD-less state. They are not as good as they might be if I had the use of the LCD screen because I can't change the white balance or exposure compensation, but using Photoshop I can make them decent. So every time I think "Well I don't need 7.2 megapixels, so I should just get the DSC-P100 or the DSC-W5," I then immediately think "Well I don't actually need a new camera so why not just get the stupid DSC-P200 that I want and stop obsessing over this stupid decision." (And I'm sort of glossing right over the fact that a digital camera itself is not a necessity because honestly, I'd just DIE if I didn't have one!)
Complicating my obsessive hyperanalytic state is that while I was away playing flyball over the weekend, Mr. Financial Responsibility himself (aka Mr. Pants or "Mark") went out and bought himself a brand-new camera. He really didn't need one because his Olympus works just fine. But he blamed it on me, saying that my mention of the Fuji Finepix E510 in a previous blog entry prompted him to do some research on it, which in turn brought the Fuji Finepix E-550 to his attention, causing him to learn that it had all of the features he wanted that his Olympus didn't have. So he went out and bought it. I must note that he duly expressed chagrin at his irresponsible consumer behavior, but he's quite happy with his new camera. I must admit, the E-550 has almost everything I want in a camera as well, except that I'd have to buy all new memory as it doesn't take Memory Sticks.
Having again bored you silly with all of this camera talk, I will close by mentioning that I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my copy of Super Nova Scotian's book The Papyrus Voice, which may be purchased by one and all from Lulu.com. It's technically a "young adult" book but then I never really bothered to grow up so I think it will suit me just fine.