Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thanks Kid

It was incredibly hot today and my air conditioner broke down. So when the cool breeze finally decided to come along as the sun was going down I decided to do some work in the garden.

After a while I got a surprise visit. One of these visitors was the most amazing little lady. She was trying to escape the long days heat as well. So we sat around for a little while enjoying a nice "purple flavoured" icy treat.

When we were finished I thought it would be a good time to give the garden a little drink. It's always nice as the mist floats back toward you with the breeze. After I had started watering some of the trees, and we watched some birds playing in the cool mist, I was asked by this little lady if I would mind some help. I was asked  in the most innocent and polite way you could imagine. I couldn't say no, but as I found out, this was all a ruse.

I was stupid enough to hand the hose to a six year old. Almost immediately it was turned on me, and I was soaked within seconds. I wasn't really wearing clothes that are, fun, to get wet in. I had a blast.

This angelic, deceiving, little lady gave me a glimpse of what it was to be a kid again. Even though it was only for a few minutes as we continued our little water fight.

As we sat and ate our second icy treat, pink flavour this time. I realized, this was an amazing afternoon and I should aways try and remember to make the most of every day. The second thing I realized; this was just a normal afternoon for the little lady.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Consciousness Be Gone

Unfortunately my insomnia has gotten the better of me this weekend. I haven't slept more than a few hours for the last few days. I have had worse, 1 week 1 hour of sleep. I'm only on day 3, 8 hours sleep at the moment, but it is really getting to me for some reason.

And before you all tell me to go see a doctor or whatever. I've been and done all that. Any medications that actually do work for me only seem to work a few times. So the expense and hope just ain't worth it.

I have also tried all sorts of exercises and various techniques to help me sleep. I find the best thing for me to do is just relax and not fight being awake. I usually get more rested that way. I say rested because sleep doesn't always come.

I have worried about my health but everything seems to be fine. My doctors don't seem to believe that I don't sleep very much because they say I seem healthy and well rested. Although one of my doctors has said it may just be the way I work. I am just one of a few people in the world that need very little sleep to function normally.

I never sleep very much, If I sleep for at least 4 or 5 hours it is a really good sleep. But I am going through one of the bad periods and it is beginning to interfere with everything. It feels like the hallucinations are going to start soon.

That sounds worse than it is though. It isn't like I see people flying around or fish roosting in trees or anything like that. I start hearing things that I realize probably aren't there. Then come visual things like colours or shadows in the wrong places. Stuff like that. I can still tell whats real and what is just from sleep deprivation so it ain't that bad. A little disconcerting but bearable

The worse thing for me is the sore eyes and the brain unwilling to work properly for usually simple things. You would laugh at some of the words I have needed to spell check for this post. And also I apologize if none of this makes any sense. It does to me. But that's just because it was my disoriented brain doing the thinking

It's almost 3am here at the moment and I have an appointment in the morning but I don't know if I'm going to make it.

I'm going to go try and sleep again. Wish me luck...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rosie The Nikon

Just popping in to tell you all I have decided on a name for my little camera.

All along, while trying to come up with a name for her, I finally realized I was thinking of her as Rosie. Although I do think Gerty would be a good name too.

So my new camera, that I've actually had for way too long to call new, finally has a name. I guess all it takes is saying something to figure things out sometimes.

Name That Camera

I just realized I haven't named my newest camera. Even though I've owned her for a while.

I don't know why, I just haven't.

Maybe it's because we haven't really gone through very much together so far. Or maybe it's because she's digital.

I feel pictures taken on film have a sort of warmth, or life to them, possibly given to them through the soul of the camera. As opposed to a digital's, cold, electronic files. Uploaded into the computer and "processed" in some software package. Achieved by clicking a few times on a mouse, selecting the proper options.

Although It's probably just because I'm lazy.

Whatever the reason May be, I still need a name for her. Maybe Rosie, after the Jetsons beloved robot house keeper?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Taking Photos

I have always loved taking photos.

The only problem is I would take way too many photos of absolutely nothing just to see what would happen.
I suppose this isn't a real problem as it actually turned out quite interesting a lot of the time. Although it was pretty expensive.

But then all of a sudden, people stopped using film, and I stopped taking photos. There was no reason to stop. I could have just kept on shooting with film. But I didn't...

I still have no idea why I stopped. I remember thinking I would become a professional photographer when I was a kid. I loved it so much. And then, I just stopped.

I didn't stop using my creativity. But I just let my cameras sit and collect dust.

I bought my first camera when I was about 12. I didn't want to muck around so I saved and saved, until I could afford a semi descent SLR. I had no interest in compact cameras. All you did was point and shoot. I didn't understand why you wouldn't want more control.

Everyone thought I was an idiot for spending so much on a camera. Especially because I had never really had much contact with cameras before. Besides my mums compact and using the schools cameras to make slides once or twice, with supervision of course ( I basically just pressed the shutter cable)

But my parents supported me anyway even though they thought it was a little silly. But it wasn't a random impulse. It couldn't be. It took me so long to save for it!

After about 6 months my parents realized it wasn't silly and I really did have a genuine interest in photography. They even thought that I might become a photographer. Interestingly it wasn't until a couple of years later that I got that idea.

Now I have a DSLR so it's okay for me to waste away frame after frame on nothing. But it just doesn't have the same feeling, or offer the same experience, as taking pictures without knowing how they will turn out. And no more going into the dark room to uncover what you have created.

So now I mainly use my digital camera. But I still always carry a film camera with me too. Either that same camera I saved so long for at the beginning or one of my many other cameras I have collected over the years. From SLR's to box cameras to toy cameras and instant cameras (analogue digital cameras???). I love them all. And I hope I will always be able to find the film to use them. Well at least the 120 and 35mm film ones...

I still don't own one of those auto focus compact cameras that everyone thought I should get. Maybe for my next hiking trip.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy circumstance

Bleh. I missed out on another night of fun due to my amazing organizational skills and laziness. And this night promised to be epic; filled with awesome people, costumes and other random shenanigans. So it was looking like an all too familiar night in with a little bit of feeling sorry for myself.

I was all but settled into the idea of being alone for the night. I had my supplies of junk food and a comfy spot on my old couch ready to click my way through the countless bad TV shows. And of course with my computer logged on to my favourite social site. Just in case I wasn't the only person too cool for fun tonight.

Well my plan worked. I have to admit, I was a little too excited when I heard the familiar POP of a new message coming through the speakers. I had something to do, or at least someone else to be alone with.

Turns out I was being missed by some old friends. So off I went and spent a nice chilled out night with some people I haven't seen in way too long. It was actually a really great night full of laughter and a little nostalgia.

First off I had to drive into my old neighbourhood where I grew up, which isn't actually that far from where I live, but not somewhere I ever venture. It turns out my friend lives right by my old highschool, and he lives with his girly friend who was also an amazing person from the past. A lot of old memories were flooding back to me now, all of them unexpectedly good (a little blury and patchy though, damn drunkin' misspent youth)

So after a few refreshments and some good music I wasn't feeling so bad about missing the shenanigans. It was definately a night well spent. I think it's time to dig through the old address books and try to stir up some more nostalgia. Although I may have a little 'splaining to do with the current awesome people in my life first, or at least some catch ups about all the costumed fun.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hello 2010

I had an amazing night saying goodbye to '09 and hello to 2010.

I was with some of my favourite people. We didn't do anything that different to what we usually do. Went to the same clubs and bars as we usually do listened to (some of) our favourite bands and bumped into the same people.

But it was still very special to us, because we got do it all with each other. We even escaped without running into the usual dramas of a new years night.

I did get a surprise call from an old friend, who was with some girls I hadn't seen since high school. So I took off for a bit, just after midnight, to spend some time with them. I also met a birthday girl who was left alone while tripping. We adopted her into our group for a little while, just until we could figure out where she was meant to be.

So it may not have been a crazy new years with all sorts of weird adventures but it is still one night I will never forget.