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Elspode 09-08-2007 01:08 AM

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Originally Posted by lumberjim (Post 383333)
who did you meet?

Me! Had lunch with LR today on the Plaza at an Irish (simulated) pub.

She is as wonderful as I'd always known she would be. Maybe moreso.

We really need to put together a national get together. Really.

Ibby 09-08-2007 03:30 AM

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Originally Posted by jester (Post 383073)
Friday Night Football - here's two pics - before & after

awww - 2yrs old
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now - 16 yrs - 6'5" - 288lbs
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I've never seen a 2 year old with a mullet before...

Griff 09-08-2007 07:25 AM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 383336)
You mean instead of listening to professors, now you are one?

Nah, just one more thing in place for certification.

LabRat 09-08-2007 10:52 AM

Dang, he beat me to it.

Els is great, just like I thought he would be. And a great hugger :)

I only wish we'd had more time to chat. I heartily second a national gathering. Here, in the midwest. I mean in all fairness, it IS centrally located, at least for those of us in the US. Frankly, KC would be a great place to do it. But in the late fall or early spring, when it's not a frigging sauna.



Oh, and congrats to Lookout, the hadest part is over, now it's all about the mon-ay. Good luck!

Perry Winkle 09-08-2007 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by LabRat (Post 383436)
I heartily second a national gathering. Here, in the midwest.

I think a UK gathering would be cool, too.

Bullitt 09-08-2007 03:36 PM

Just got my new lens today via FedEx... Nikkor 24-120mm 3.5-5.6 VR

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0302/nikon24120vr-big.jpg

Can't wait to get out and start shooting with this.

Also, an amazing air show is coming up soon: http://www.gml2007.com/

DanaC 09-08-2007 04:20 PM

I'm still hyped about my great day yesterday and my happy week:)

New meds have worked and by Tuesday I was feeling myself again and able to get loads of work done during the week. Had a few minor triumphs that just totally make the job worthwhile.

Like I had two similar cases of elderly ladies living alone and with mobility issues. Both have been trying to get assistance to alter their bathrooms, as getting in and out of the bath is a major issue. One's been waiting for two years and one for six months. except when I looked into it, the one who;d been waiting for two years hadn;t actually been put on a waitinglist: she'd misunderstood (she's a little confused) a letter sent by her Housing Assoc. telling her that her property was on a 2 year waiting list for refurbishment (i.e new bathroom) and thought that meant she was on the Social Services waiting list (very confusing).

I got a email from the director of Social services on Thursday teling me that both women have been registered for an assessment visit, but that they faced potential waits of up to 26 weeks. Given the length of time involved he has arranged for an interrim assessment and assistance whilst they wait for the full assessment. So whilst the full assessment may show that they need to be provided with a low bath or walk in shower, in the meantime they will have access to some kind of homehelp, probably once a week to help them in and out of the bath. The lady who had been confused about waiting lists is over the moon. She's been having to bath only once every three weeks or so when her daughter was able to come and help.

Another lady who has been waiting for over four years for the refurbishment she'd been promised by the housing association and whose case I recently took up, phoned me on Thursday to tell me she'd received notification of a start date for the work. She was ever so pleased.

yesterday wrapped the week up nicely. I had to speak at a rally protesting the proposed closures and mergers of over half the Remploy factories. I was amongst several speakers and was there to deliver a message of support from the MP for our town as she's out of the country. Wow. What a buzz. The adrenaline rush was incredible. I don't do much public speaking, I tend to be fairly low key as a Councillor, only really speaking publically in smaller meetings. This was about 100 people with trade unionists and MPs speaking. very nerve wracking, but if I say so myself I think I did rather well:) The crowd seemed to like it. More frighteneing was doing the off the cuff radio interview just before the rally.

So...today i am buzzed up like a very buzzy thing. The adrenaline rush yesterday was incredible. I was terrified as we went off on the Remploy campaign bus, up to the Barnsley factory, but I just seemed to find a really calm place just before I took the mike.

Have rewarded myself for such a good week by totally chilling today. God I feel great!

DanaC 09-08-2007 04:30 PM

Oh can I also add that I just spent a very enjoyable 92 minutes watching the England Team make mincemeat of the Israeli side. 3-0 and the England side looked good on the pitch. Even with a few key players missing they looked really solid. Lot of good team play and accurate passing rather than the more usual England showboating and individualism on the pitch. This also makes me happy:)

HungLikeJesus 09-09-2007 08:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Bullitt (Post 383509)
Just got my new lens today via FedEx... Nikkor 24-120mm 3.5-5.6 VR

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0302/nikon24120vr-big.jpg

Can't wait to get out and start shooting with this.

Also, an amazing air show is coming up soon: http://www.gml2007.com/

Bullitt - That lens would be great on my D70. Can I borrow it?

I'm currently using an 18-70 1:3.5-4.5.

skysidhe 09-09-2007 08:32 PM

I was going to say. "Do I have to be happy today?" then I saw that lenz,
Wowza...I'm happy FOR you HLJ.

HungLikeJesus 09-09-2007 08:42 PM

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Originally Posted by skysidhe (Post 383779)
I was going to say. "Do I have to be happy today?" then I saw that lenz,
Wowza...I'm happy FOR you HLJ.

Actually it's Bullitt's lens. I'm just coveting it.

HungLikeJesus 09-09-2007 08:44 PM

I just came back from an overnight solo backpacking/camping trip. Everything worked (except for the backpack), it rained for a while but I stayed mostly dry, and it was altogether enjoyable.

I'm already planning the next trip.

Bullitt 09-10-2007 01:32 AM

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Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus (Post 383774)
Bullitt - That lens would be great on my D70. Can I borrow it?

I'm currently using an 18-70 1:3.5-4.5.

I've been using the kit 18-55 lens and a couple old (10+ years) lenses up until now. I have high hopes for this thing being my main walk-around lens, esp. with the VR. If you are looking to get one make sure you aren't getting one of the soft ones. From what I've read, a select amount of these produced (they are out of production now) are somewhat soft, not producing the tack sharp pictures that they ought to. Mine is not one of these. A good rule of thumb when buying a used lens is to ask for new sample photos taken with the lens for sale under various lighting conditions. May seem a bit over the top, but when you spend a good chunk of your summer earnings on something like this, you want to be damn sure you're getting what you pay for.

HungLikeJesus 09-10-2007 01:57 AM

What kind of camera? (Nikon digital, I'd guess, but which model?)

Bullitt 09-10-2007 02:03 AM

D50, my first DSLR and I'm absolutely loving it. Worked my way up from a very simple Canon A400 point and shoot, to a Canon A620, to a Panasonic FZ7, and now this beast. It's fairly heavy, even more so with this lens on it. But it's great for someone like me with fairly large and strong hands.

Also: my two new shirts
http://www.threadless.com/product/38...ommunist_Party
http://www.threadless.com/product/46...plaining_To_Do


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