Need to take a break from shooting for a few days. I received a couple of orders for darkroom prints; and for cards. I also received my social security estimate from the government.
According to what they will pay me, if I retire when I'm 65, they will not pay enough to cover my rent in this studio apartment. What a comfort to know that after giving the government I don't know how many tens of thousands of dollars (I've been working since I was 14) - that at the rate I'm going I'll be digging through the trash for deposit bottles by the time I get ancient.
Buddy just hopped down from the loft when I wrote this and started purring happily. Maybe he knows something I don't. As a matter of fact, I'm sure he knows things that I don't. Lately he's been staring every night at this one spot on the wall. I have no idea why. I don't see anything there. But he does. He sits on the edge of my bed in the middle of the night staring at this invisible thing and his ears start to swivel back and forth. I get up and stand by the blank space - asking him - hey boy, what's there? What do you see?
He just gives me that inscrutable cat look. Last night, just for fun - I took a piece of paper and stuck it with tape on the spot that he was staring at and went back to sleep.
When I woke up, he was sitting on the edge of the bed, staring at the piece of paper, wiggling his ears. Do they have some special electromagnetic tracking device?
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I'm definitely rambling here - but it was a great summer for me. The switch to digital gave me a creative jolt that I haven't felt for a long time. I produced six or seven good pictures during the last two months (which is a lot for me). The 7960 worked out well for the cards and for small black and whites. The D20 is on the horizon for me, though I'm not in a big rush to get it, and I'll keep the D300 as a backup. All in all - very productive summer.