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...ramblings of the imperfectly innocent
20th-Jun-2009 09:24 pm
Went to the Solstice Festival and parade. Was ten kinds of awesome. Got there early, had a leisurely breakfast, walked around with little crowd, brought water and sunscreen. Awesome plan, doing it again next year.

Found an OK location for the parade. Need to find a less shaded place next year, and with a better background. Was closer to start of parade this year. Probably get better pictures further on, when everyone is spread out, and when in-parade photographers aren't in every shot. :-/

Weather was great. Lots more naked cyclists this year. About the usual number of kilts. Tons of free samples of things like Kashi and stevia-based sodas. Bought a cool gold-and-red swirly liquid filled bottle. It is mesmerizing. Bought a shirt, and some decent food. Found my mysterious smoothie place which had a completely different name than I remembered, explaining why I could never find it. Had a merely very good one this year; won't go for sugar free option next time.

Walked over to gasworks park, and just basked in the sunlight and energy. Had a truly marvelous time.

On the way home, I dropped my camera and damaged my lens. Not fatal, completely fixable (according to the internets), but annoying. Should be OK for Pride next weekend.

Took ~800 photos. Might see them this lifetime. Maybe. The best of the ones I took (the money shot, as it were) are: Naked Wolverine among the naked cyclists, Naked Wolverine without most of his costume, Very hot naked smiley-faced boy (with very hot friend) who was asking everyone to take his picture and put it online, Backside of smiley-faced boy. Inspiration for taking the time and energy to extract those now goes to geeksdoitbetter and bjarvis.

And now, I am going to curl up on the couch and try to keep my head from exploding because I feel just awful. I was sick yesterday, and felt fine until I got home, and now it's just crap onna stick. Bleah.
21st-Jun-2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Nice pictures, thank you for sharing :)

Which lens did you damage?
21st-Jun-2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
The 18-200. It's just fine above 24mm, AFAICT, but from 18-24 the zoom and focusing are *very* rough. Looking at other "drop test" reports, this is a common failure mode and should be fixable for >$200.

Glad you liked the pix!
21st-Jun-2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
18-24 is kind of crucial. I hope the repair is good and cheap and works.

How are you feeling?
21st-Jun-2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
In general, 18-24 *is* very important. For the Pride parade, probably not so much. There are 2 decent repair places in the city; I'm going to one tomorrow. We'll see what they say. Worst case, the lens isn't nearly as marked up or hard to get as it was, so it should be replaceable. Not that I particularly *want* to spend that kind of money on a stupid error.

Feeling better today, but not pushing myself. 12 hours of sleep last night helped. Thanks for asking!
21st-Jun-2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're feeling better. Let me know if you need anything.
21st-Jun-2009 11:18 am (UTC)
Very nice pictures.
21st-Jun-2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was fun taking them.
21st-Jun-2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'm sure.

I'm not sure if I blame or thank the success of Watchmen for the preponderance of blue peen nowadays.
21st-Jun-2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
hooray for naked painted cyclists!
21st-Jun-2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
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