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Oct. 10th, 2004 @ 10:47 pm Quite a weekend
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: 30 yr old Glenfiddich
Tuesday afternoon the office packed up and went to OBX, The Outer Banks of North Carolina, Duck, NC in particular for a company retreat.

I wish I could tell you that we spent the whole time drinking, sunning and playing games, but the truth is it was a Working Retreat and the emphasis was on Work!

Suffice to say that when I woke up at 4:00AM Saturday to drive back home, I was much more tired then when I started out.

The reason I got going so early was that I had a 10AM camera class to teach me all the fun things about my new toy, a Nikon D70 camera. I'm really impressed with the camera, buy me a drink sometime (Single Malt of course!) and I'll tell you all about it. After that I had to catch up with the temp (a friend of mine and former cow-orker) and get my parking pass back so I could go to the office and fix something that had gone wrong with the tape backups. I got home late-ish and had my normal late Saturday call with my honey to finish up the day.

Today I went up to Skyline Drive to see the fall foliage! Only problem is that we're still about two weeks early for the "knock your socks off" colors that we'll get there. Still it was a fun drive with kalligraphy, even after some folks bailed on us :) I think I'm going again in three weeks, maybe with a full carload that time?

While there we took over 300 photos, and filled up my new 2GB memory card! I hope to have them up soon, in a slightly reduced size then they are right now (raw 6 megapixel photos, at 3000+ by 2000+ pixels aren't great for web images!) But in the meanwhile feel free to look at the baseline shots I took two/three weeks ago, right here:
http://www.tomp.net/Skyline092004/

These shots were taken with my old Sony Camera, which I've had for close to 5 years now. I'm hoping the difference will be noticeable.

While I was driving the Drive, we took a hike down one of the paths to see some falls (and get more photos!) quite a hike for someone as, um, sedentary as me ! 1.5 miles just for that fall and 3.5 miles total for the day. (My honey gave me a pedometer for my birthday so I'm keeping track.)

Yeah that's not a lot of distance for all you sexy, toned and well conditioned folks on my friends list, (yeah I'm including You in that group!) but I normally spend 12 hours or more a day behind a monitor. I've got to do something to get moving and this is the start of that!

There ; I said it! Let's see if I can stick to it or if this will just be another embarrassing LJ post six months from now when the author looks back at it. (And before you go check My archives, no I'm ; not talking about my posts! Don't you do a city search for where you live and then go back and see who's been inactive the longest? What? Am I the only one?)

So I've downed two ibuprofen tablets to head off the muscle and joint pains and I'm now enjoying a generous splash of Glenfiddich 30 yr old that I've horded since the 2002 WFC in Minneapolis, Minnesota;

Later all!
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From:kalligraphy
Date:October 10th, 2004 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I had a wonderful time today and I can't wait to see how the pictures turned out. I know there were some great shots in there.

Yay for 30 year old glen fiddich.
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From:monissaw
Date:October 11th, 2004 12:08 am (UTC)
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Me? I might get by with partly conditioned but that's about it. 3.5 miles is as much as I'd want to walk a day, unless I've got a camera in hand (and my new toy has gone back to the shop and I'm waiting for the replacement to come in, so I'm cameraless and I am missing so much, like the perfect reflections in the river this morning, bah)
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From:cardigirl
Date:October 12th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
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You go, friend! Three and a half miles is nuthin' to sneeze at. And you've got company: I started up the month getting back to my regular walking routine -- 45 minutes to an hour around the local canal. Though today it turned into an hour and a quarter when I discovered that Salt River Project (the company that actually runs the canal system here) had closed off one of the banks. Had to go back the way I'd come and that took me longer than usual. Stick to it! I know it's worthwhile for both of us.