Rage Against The Machine: A Digital Camera To Be Exact!

I’m on the hunt for a new digital camera, and today’s post is more of a plea – can anyone out there tell me with certainty what kind of digital camera I should get? I want to be able to take nice blog pictures, capture good memories and have crystal clear photos! And, I would like to spend $150, or $200 at the most! I was thinking about getting the Canon Powershot SD870 IS. The online reviews said that the Powershot SD 870 was excellent, and that its only drawback was the fact that it didn’t have an Optical View Finder…for those of you who are like me, and have no clue what that is, it’s the hole you look through (or used to look through in the old days) to take a picture – as opposed to taking a picture from the image you see on the LCD display.

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The entire process of looking for a new camera, and wading through all of the options reminds me of how I feel when someone puts an extensive wine list in front of me – I don’t want to see 75 wine choices; I just need to know if you have a Riesling and a nice Sauvignon Blanc OR if you have a good Syrah or Montepulciano. If I’m going to step out of my comfort zone, I need someone to lead me to water – a bit of hand-holding if you will.

I’m definitely looking forward to all of the cool things that I will be able to do with my camera but, I’m mostly concerned with whether or not they’ve invented anything that will actually inspire me to take the photos off of my camera? I guess that comes separate 🙂

DS Download: Even though the process of transferring pictures from your camera to your computer/digital photo album can be a TOTAL pain investing in a nice camera just makes sense. As I approach 30 I’m starting to think of the way I will tell my story to my kids (that I don’t have at the moment, and don’t plan on having in the very near future). I imagine my child/children looking at me with frustration upon learning that my photos abruptly stop after college, and pick up the day they are born.  Photos capture precious memories; memories for future generations to emerge themselves in. Knowing all of this, I will yield to the machine.

The Perpetual Job Search: First Edition

Am I the only person that feels like I’ve been looking for a job for two years? I hope not. It’s slightly embarrassing when someone that you met last summer asks you about your prospects, and your response is a blank stare. If by prospects, you mean advice like “be sure to go to usajobs.gov and apply online” or “make a list of the top 7 companies where you would like to work and think about the connections you may have at each company,” then sure, I’ve got prospects. Do I have real leads? – kind of; do I have faith and optimism in abundance? Absolutely. Without faith, and optimism in this market – what do you have left?

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some great interviews – in person and over the phone – where I’m sure I presented myself well….so well, that the person that I interviewed with told me to stay in touch and that they would be my internal advocate. Ahh, so close, yet so far away. Every Sunday morning, I think to myself “this will be the week; the week that I get the phone call that will change the trajectory of my career”….and I will continue to keep that optimism. So, NPR, CPB, The Atlantic…if you’re reading….I know I’m a contender!

DS Download: I refuse to let this economy beat me. It may take a while, but I will beat this economy. A favorite quote from my Dad is this: Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. Stay tuned for job search updates!

The Postman Always Rings After 6pm

The title of this post is a take-off of a 1946 movie entitled The Postman Always Rings Twice, starring Lana Turner and John Garfield. It was all about a torrid love affair that led to murder, put it in your Netflix cue…

This entry is about my torrid relationship with my postman that frequently meets me for a late rendezvous at the mail boxes in my building; just as I’m getting home from work (around 6pm), and I’m on a mission to collect my mail, he’s also there just beginning to sort mail. You can see where this could be a problem, double-yikes. Although the post office has never extended a time of day guarantee for regular mail, I would just like to state – for the record, that 6pm seems late.
Perhaps apartment dwellers are doomed to this fate; to always be second class citizens in the hierarchy of mail delivery. It’s very unfortunate because at the end of a long day, all I want to do is pick up my mail and cringe at the bills I must pay and the charities I’m being asked to contribute to. Apparently, I’m asking for too much to get my mail by 5:30pm. But that’s okay, occasionally in life we ask for too much…hot water in the winter, a mate that can read and write, compensation that’s in-line with the actual work that we do – need I say more?

DS Download: I suppose, in the grand scheme of things I can deal with my postman coming after 6pm and be appreciative of the fact that the postman is still required to sort mail; who knows what type of changes we can anticipate from the post office given the fragility of every other industry. I’m sure the post office is dealing with cut-backs that I don’t even know about. In the meanwhile, I will take this in stride and Relax – Relate – Release (Whitley Gilbert, A Different World)

“Do You Know Who I Am?”

Believe it or not, I had yet another awkward encounter last week with someone who approached me with this odd question…odd because my blank return stare and complete lack of recognition seemed to provide the perfect context clues. Because this is a blog, a picture should go here:

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I know the people that I’m supposed to know, and I sometimes don’t remember the people that I’ve had distant encounters with – does that make a person a snob? Absolutely not…perhaps I could be blamed for forgetting a face, erasing part of my mental rolodex, or not taking my ginko BUT rest assured it’s not conceit. In the Daily Stride book of etiquette, the proper question is not “do you know who I am,” it’s “hello, my name is _____, I think we went to high school together – how have you been?”

DS Download: Use your context clues – a blank stare means that someone probably doesn’t recognize you, but there’s no harm in that. Spark up a conversation. It’s not about the past, it’s about creating an impression in the present.

What’s It All About?

The Daily Stride is a blog that sprung out of my desire to air the daily grievances that I encounter – grievances that I’m ultimately forced to take in stride because we live in a civil society, but that deserve scrutiny nonetheless. In a nutshell, The Daily Stride discusses the everyday things that could make you lose your cool and the lens of humor that can be used to get through those times.

The Daily Stride Guarantee:
I solemnly swear to not fully deliver on your expectations, consistently fall short, and ultimately disappoint the person that takes themself too seriously. The person with a sense of humor is guaranteed to laugh…maybe 🙂

– Enjoy