Archive for March, 2010

A new commitment

Back in September of 2008, I officially went on a diet. It went well for the first year, but then things started to come apart. I started to fall off the wagon, and not track my “points” for the week. I also started having problems with my foot, which kept me from going to the gym for awhile.  Frustrated with my health and life in general, I fell into the emotional eating trap, which is a recipe for trouble (no pun intended). My weight started to climb.  At the beginning of 2010, I got some bad news about my health which kept the emotional eating going.  I’ve gained back nearly half the weight that I spent a year losing.

I’ve decided that I have to make a big change, starting now.  I’ve got to get back on the diet train and start going to the gym regularly. I’ve found that waiting until the late afternoon to go creates too many opportunities to make excuses. Seeing how I’m self-employed, I’m not normally in a rush to get going. I’m going to set my alarm clock earlier, wake up and have a light breakfast while doing the morning e-mail and web surfing rounds, and then it’s off to the gym. Or at least that’s what I’m hoping to start doing tomorrow.  I’ll report back in a few weeks and we’ll see if that chart starts trending in the right direction again.

Doubleheader

Yesterday I took my mom to the second round games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in San Jose. Upon arriving, a guy walking the other way told me that they would not allow him to bring in his Nikon D-SLR, and that I’d likely have the same problem. I thanked him and figured that I’d try my luck.  I get to the ticket window and they looked at my camera (Nikon D300s with 17-55 lens attached, and 70-300 lens in a bag) and said “sorry sir, you cannot bring that inside, you’ll have to bring it back to your car.” When I told them my car was an hour train ride away, they escorted me to the guest services office.  I tried arguing (polietely) with them, but they said “if your lens extends and is longer htan six inches, it can’t come in.”  Seeing how I didn’t have any choice in the matter, I checked everything in and went to watch the first half of the Murray State vs Butler game.

Come halftime, my cell phone rings. It’s the office calling, saying that the manager (of the whole place, I think) said that I could have my camera and 17-55 mm lens back, but they were keeping the telephoto until the end of the game. I figured that I should take what I could get, and went and retrieved the camera.

So, here are my pictures from the two games, taken with the not-very-telephoto 17 – 55 mm lens. I was going to write the NCAA a nasty letter for having such a ridiculous restriction, but I figured I’d let them off the hook after they gave me my camera back.

California Adventure – February 2010

Disneyland – February 2010

A week ago I was down in Anaheim for PMA.  The show was pretty dead, and I only had a couple of meetings, so naturally I went across the street to the Disneyland Resort.

Below are photos from Disneyland, with California Adventure pictures to follow tomorrow. Since I’m planning on building a new DL photo site, I’m temporarily hosting these images here on my blog.

I used the Nikon D300s for all of these.