A Walk In The Park

Being on vacation alone sucks BIG TIME! I mean, it’s nice to have 23948572039548 vacation days at my disposal every year, but since Wil doesn’t have the same amount of time to use, I spend a lot of days off by myself.

I flat-out REFUSED to stay cooped up in my apartment all week! I also refused to be separated from my Love Cub for all those hours. Since he works near Bryant Park, I decided to surprise him with a picnic on Thursday. 

There’s a beautiful lawn in the middle of the park on which people picnic or tan or read all the time. This was the first week that we got true spring-like weather in New York and I couldn’t think of a better way to take advantage of it than to eat on the grass.

I had my blanket, my food, my man…everything was set. When we walked into the park grounds, I remember thinking to myself, why are all these people sitting at tables when there’s a perfectly good lawn available to do the same thing? Wanna know why? The new sod was busy establishing its root system and needed to be left alone. Picnic FAIL!

We ended up taking up residence at one of the tables along the edge of the lawn, so at least we got to see the grass. I still have 34523523 vacation days left and the spring isn’t over yet…there will be plenty more opportunities to roll around in the grass my honey.

After I deposited Wil at work, I stopped by Men’s Wearhouse to pick up his tie for the wedding. After that, I grabbed the train down to Chelsea to visit the camera I’ve been stalking for a couple of months. The guy I had been in constant contact with about this piece of equipment was on the phone when I walked into Tri-State Camera.

We had talked several times, but this was my first time meeting him face-to-face. When Steve got off the phone, I introduced myself. He knew exactly who I was and lost all the color in his face when I shook his hand. Weird.

He started talking. “I forgot you were coming in today.” Silence. “I feel like such an idiot.” More silence. “You’re lucky you walked in when you did. I was JUST on the phone with another store. I had transferred YOUR camera to them in the computer and was just about to ship it to them. This is the last one in the city. It slipped my mind that I was holding it for you until this afternoon.” Complete and utter silence.

I hadn’t told him I was visiting the shop that day and I definitely hadn’t planned on buying myself a $579 staycation souvenir, but you heard the man…it was THE LAST CAMERA IN THE CITY! I wasn't about to argue with the man. I played along and as a result, I am now the proud owner of a White Pentax K-X, my very own unicorn.

I can’t wait to start using my new toy! This blog is going to look so much prettier once I start decorating my posts with the badass pictures I know this camera is going to allow me to take. Hopefully I’ll have all the settings and features figured out by our next scheduled picnic. If you have any DSLR resources you’d like to share to get me started, hook a sista up.


Carol said... May 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Nice camera! I want a new one, but I need to learn how to use my old one first! Tee-hee! My brother is a photographer and I asked him, "can you give me some words of wisdom for my new camera?" He asked if I had ever read the directions for the one I have. I laughed and said, "of course not, silly!" He replied, "words of wisdom...go read the damned directions!" He told me to come back when I was done.

Danfredo Photos + Films said... May 16, 2011 at 5:55 AM

I tried to read the instruction manuel, Carol, but I think I'd be better off taking a class. I learn best by doing. I'll keep you updated. :-)

Alyssa said... May 23, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Check out Nicolesclasses.com

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