Well, I thought the new job would be one of the more “brainless” jobs I had ever had. I was determined not to let that deter me.
Surprisingly, it’s not brainless. It’s quite interesting and challenging, and the icing on the cake is that I get to listen to my music collection during about 7½ hours of my 8-hour shift.
Since I work the late shift, 2:00-10:00 PM, I have the mornings to run errands, blog…. little things like that.
I have discovered that there is no one at the gas stations at 6:00 AM, no one at Food 4 Less or Walmart at 6:00 AM, few people on the highways and side streets at 6:00 AM…..
Basically I have almost the whole world to myself at 6:00 AM.
Where are all the morning people?
With my work schedule pretty much set at this point, I can now get my personal life back on track because it’s been pretty messy. That means that I can return to daily blogging. Yahooooooo! Pictures, pictures, pictures. And I’m making note of interesting places I see during my work travels so that I can return to them and taking pictures. Yahooooooo! More pictures, more pictures, more pictures.
As I was cataloging some pictures this morning I found lots of pictures that I knew I had but which I couldn’t find because they were in the wrong folder and had not been renamed from their generic camera-provided names. Like this one:
Last week it snowed in Julian, in the mountains about 40 miles east of me. I didn’t get to go so I was looking for old pictures of Julian in the snow. Couldn’t find them even though I knew I had them. That’s one of them.
Also, after seeing what’s possible with the new camera drones, I have put a camera drone #2 on my wish list. Number 1 was a new DSLR. I was specifically looking for a DSLR that took excellent videos. Did you catch the past tense “was” in those previous two sentences? That means that I bought it, and I just got notice that it has been shipped.
I bought the Canon EOS Rebel T6s, released to the market this past summer. I’m buying the body only since I already have lenses that I’m quite happy with. Looks like this:
Since everyone in the U.S. has it on back order, I am importing it from London. As an import, mine will be like that in the picture, labeled EOS 760D. Same thing. For some reason Canon renames their cameras as Rebel just for the United States market.
I could only find a few DSLR cameras with better video, but they also cost a thousand dollars more than I was willing to spend. I’m saving that thousand dollars for the camera drone….
Number 3 on my current wish list is a new laptop computer so that I can visit blogs from the car when I’m at work, but waiting for other people to do their jobs so that I can do my job, something that comes with the territory of the new job. I’m specifically looking for a fast laptop, which means 12 GB of memory and an Intel i7-rated computer.
All of this is because not only do I get paid to drive in rush-hour traffic while listening to my music collection (first time I have ever enjoyed rush-hour traffic!), but during an 8-hour shift, I actually only “work” about six hours due to time waiting on other people. That two hours, though, is split into various time increments as short as a few minutes and as long as 90 minutes, and currently is spent sitting in the car listening to music and reading (currently “The Hollow Hills” by Mary Stewart, 1973). I can easily see me alternating so that each time I have to wait, I either read or visit blogs. I could also be cataloging pictures….
So probably sooner than later, possibly even by the end of the year, look for my visits to YOUR blogs to increase to the point where they were just a year ago.
I miss visiting everyone like I used to, but we’ll get there again.
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