I bought a new Canon S-5 (see test self-portrait) bigger than the tiny things but has the flippy screen and the manual controls I wanted. Does impressive video that is instantly accessible (rather than hidden in a nest of menus, which is why I never used it in the Nikon) and has some very cool features I'm still learning about. Shutter lag is no longer a problem, the TTL feature is MUCH better, and the 0-0 super macro is amazing. It also has a nifty stitch-photo feature, that holds the image of the previous shot so y0u can line up the next one, as well as software to sew them together. Still learning how it works, but vacation should be good for that, and I will have figured it out by the time we head for Italy with Mom.
Today is my 20th anniversary as a pilot. That's fairly amazing, really. Thanks to each of you for your enthusiasm and interest at various points with my pursuit, and for being generally willing passengers (I remember taking
- Lorne and David in a very turbulent ride in a 172, and somehow they trusted I'd get them down; and
- the trip with Dad that is no longer available to general aviation pilots: up the Potomac river, across the middle of national airport, and then out to the east up the Anacostia River to College Park -- The DC Tour; and
- the day trip Mom did with me in the Lance with a bunch of people up to Gatineau and back from Gaithersburg...)
Climbing also continues -- nothing spectacular to report. I did a couple of outdoor climbs at Great Falls (including my camera casualty trip), the hike I enjoy at Old Rag (love to do that with any of you who come to visit!!), and will be doing another skill-building course in August. The week after we get back from Italy, I will return to New River Gorge for a weekend of outdoor women's climbing ("Goddesses on the Rocks", hosted by Sterling Rope) in West Virginia. I will be climbing indoors with my friend Linda in a couple hours.
The only upcoming travel I know about right now will take me to Saskatoon for the Western Aerospace conference on 24-26 October.
While it's early, let us know about plans for Christmas...we are VERY tentatively thinking of coming up to southern Ontario after Christmas but before New Year's.
Love to all,