Prepping for Alabama (Or “I guess I get paid this month after all!”)

So, as part of my planning for heading back to Alabama, I think I’ll take a bunch of my camera equipment with me. My friends Mark & Lisa have a Nikon DSLR that they’re thinking about buying some extra lenses for and last time I was down we talked about some of the options. I figure I can bring mine down and maybe we can hang out one evening and check them out.
Also, I’ve unexpected come into possession of a Sigma 400mm f/5.6 lens. While I was talking to Mom about teleconverters, she dug this lens out and said “Oh, I’m not using this anymore, so you’re welcome to it if you want.” ORLY? So it’s not a superb piece of optical work like my Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, but it’s free and it seems to work pretty well. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to try it out while I’m in Alabama and see if I can capture some wildlife with my DSLR instead of the Casio EX-F1.
In other preparations, I have about ten pounds of mail to go through. :-/ (Note: If you measure you’re mail in pounds, you’re probably doing it wrong. lol) So I guess that will be occupying a huge chunk of my time before I leave. I want to run down to the post office today and see if they have a check for me. I got an invoice into work this week, but it was kinda late and I don’t know if they’ll have paid it this week or next.
Other random updates – I got a Visioneer Road Warrior scanner. After a few failed attempts at calibrating it, I finally got it working. I got it on sale from Staples.com for $149 and for the money I think it’s worth it. The quality is hardly on par with a flatbed scanner, but let’s face it – I bought this thing to scan receipts and submit expense reports. Mission Accomplished. So if you’re a road warrior that is looking for something like this, I’d say “do it”.
Well, also on the to-do list before leaving is to get the Christmas tree out of the attic for Mom. So I guess I’ll go try to pull the boxes out of there with or without Dad. Wish me luck!

One Degree Project

I’ve been thinking about starting a little project – a project to document the people in my life. Not the obvious close people though – all the miscellaneous people we all interact with but don’t really know at all. People like your waitress at a restaurant, the person who cuts your hair, the attendant at the gas station.
It reminds me of the old “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon” game, so maybe I should call it the “One Degree Project”. Here’s the draft rules I think I’ll start with:

  1. You have to talk to the person, no shots of random people in the mall, on the train, etc.
  2. Take a photo of the person with their consent. (Preferably in context.)
  3. The photo has to be labeled with a first name and a description of the context.