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Forum: General Talk 06-14-2022, 03:51 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 4,932
Views: 426,058
Around here the pollen count is so high that drug dealers are turning crystal meth back into Sudafed.
Forum: General Talk 06-02-2022, 07:44 AM  
What are your " Glory Days " memories ?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 24
Views: 1,131
I always have mixed feelings going back to my high school "glory days". There were some great times and some very bad ones as well and they intermix. In sports, I was a swimmer and did very well. I swam AAU as an age group swimmer in the early 60's and by the time high school rolled around, I was one of the better swimmers in central Fla. and went undefeated in HS meets in my junior year. But things turned ugly at home around the same time and a year later, I was more of a stoner than a swimmer. Both parents were alcoholics and ended up unemployed (again) and we were basically homeless, living in a studio motel room. I stopped swimming, quit school and hit the road so my glory days were short. I was very surprised when my old school friends invited me to our 50th class reunion in 2018. I burned a lot of bridges back then and I had left Fla. for good in early 1969 and had not returned since. I never graduated there but these were the people I grew up with and were pretty much glad to get reacquainted, as I was.

I really consider my real "glory days" as the early 70's when God got a hold of me and turned my life around. Living clean and sober, meeting my wife, the birth of my 3 daughters...the glory days really continue. I will reminicse about the past only as part of the path that lead to the new road I have traveled. To look back on a couple of great years in high school as the best of your life is pretty sad. That's pretty much the theme of the song and I see a lot of people like that.

As for my days of swimming, that is something I have taken up again. It started as physical therapy after a couple of motorcycle crashes and arthritis issues and at the age of 68, I began competing with with Masters swimming. It's kind of fun to race again and the benefits of the training keep me fit and mobile as I'm now win my 70's. I'm only about half as fast as my "glory days" and that's ok but I'm having a blast.
Forum: General Talk 04-03-2022, 05:52 AM  
The Brick & Mortar Experience & It's Closings Affect On Us All
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 79
Views: 2,577
My experience had nothing to do with supply chains. They have these dishwashers. If not in stock at the store, they can be delivered in a week. What happened to me was an employee who just dismissed me, didn't bother to even check and said to buy another brand or look elsewhere. A delivery would have been perfectly acceptable and I wanted that option but the salesman said I couldn't do that either. That's why I complained to management.
Forum: General Talk 04-02-2022, 10:45 AM  
The Brick & Mortar Experience & It's Closings Affect On Us All
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 79
Views: 2,577
I have to say, in the end it worked out for us. I got the dishwasher I wanted and at a pretty good discount, even lower than the sale price. I had been to the gym earlier and I had not eaten in several hours as I don't usually eat much before a hard workout and I was getting pretty cranky at that point but it does pay to be persistent and go higher up the chain and complain. I didn't want to travel too far either. My pickup gets 16MPG going downhill on a good day so I only went to places that their websites said it was available.
Forum: General Talk 04-02-2022, 07:17 AM  
The Brick & Mortar Experience & It's Closings Affect On Us All
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 79
Views: 2,577
Like most of us, I mourn the loss of brick and mortar stores but in many cases, the stores are sometimes their own worse enemy. We are in need of a new dishwasher. I'm well aware of the supply chain issues concerning home appliances so I first went online searching the big box home centers and appliance stores. I actually found the model I was looking for, a Bosch 100 with top controls and the store claimed it was in stock. I wasn't too concerned because if they didn't have it, it was also listed as "delivered by April 7". So I stopped in only to be told that "all Bosch dishwashers are backordered for at least 6 months. I then showed the sales guy their ad saying it can be delivered by 4/7 and he laughed and said it was BS just to get me in the store and so I could buy something else.

Well I was really pissed and was heading out and planning to go 1/4 mile away to Best Buy who had it but it was $100 more. I did stop at customer service before leaving to rant. The lady there was actually helpful. She looked on the computer and indeed, there was one in stock but a display model which wasn't for sale. She said I could buy it online and get it shipped but suggested I go to another of their stores 15 miles away which had 2 available, which I did yesterday. When I arrived, the appliance dept guy gave me the same run around, no Bosch. I explained that I called ahead and was told there were 2 available. This guy was a little better and he actually spent 30 seconds checking his stock and lo and behold, it was in stock and I got what I wanted at the sale price.

I wonder how many people looking for this advertised item, which was on sale, just walked away and shopped elsewhere or bought something else. I could have just ordered it online but that sale would have been one more statistic to add to the decision to close more stores. The current state of customer service in brick and mortar stores is horrible and is actually driving customers online and adding to the demise of retail stores. Why would a company advertise an item on sale that you can't get for 6 months? Worse yet, why wouldn't their employees know what's in stock and it the case of the first store, wouldn't take the time to even check. It's also really bad for Bosch who is loosing sales because of lazy and incompetent retail employees. The end of my rant for now!
Forum: General Talk 01-25-2022, 03:54 PM  
Photoshopping Before Photoshop
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 7
Views: 496
A lot of what is done in the various computer PP apps were being done long before in the darkroom. It wasn't very easy and required skill. Good photography also required skill and knowledge. Deceptive photos have been around for a very long time. Photoshop (and other apps) just have made it easy.
Forum: General Talk 01-25-2022, 07:40 AM  
Disinfect your home when someone is sick for COVID? 😮
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 10
Views: 638
Supposedly, the covid virus dies pretty quickly out of the body. All this crazy cleaning seems silly. This in particular appears to be a staged setup or maybe some kind of sales demonstration for a flamethrower.
Forum: General Talk 01-11-2022, 06:43 AM  
Decorating time: how do you play your music? (Tape | Vinyl | MP3 | Streaming | Other)
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 67
Views: 2,062
I grew up with vinyl, moved to cassettes in the 70's, then embraced CD's, and now I stream, mostly out of convenience. I still have all my high end stereo amps, CD players and tape players but they gather dust. Most of my old vinyl records have been handed down to my youngest daughter who thinks records are cool. As for sourcing my music, I subscribe to Apple Music and just play what I want on my computer or other devices and can download to my phone because we have very poor cell service here so streaming in the car isn't always possible.

My hearing has deterioratred over the years so I'm not as fussy as I once was. I have a pair of decent Bose speakers hooked up to my computer which sound perfectly fine to me. I also have a small Bose Bluetooth speaker to put anywhere I want or to bring camping, etc and sounds great, far better than an Alexa and doesn't spy on us. In the car, I have a JVC head unit which I bought and installed. It has Apple's Car Play so I can stream or play my downloaded collection as well as the FM radio. Living in the mountains where I do, there's not much radio either. I do play some CD's from time to time but mostly it's streamed or downloaded content.
Forum: General Talk 01-08-2022, 10:42 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 3,336
Views: 121,933
Don't forget all the other things going around like sinus infections (our house right now), bronchitis, colds which can sometimes be pretty bad, the numerous intestinal viruses that go around every year. I doubt any have gone away. The last I read, the positive testing rate in our county here in NY state is 22%, the highest it has ever been. But that means that 78% have something causing symptoms that isn't covid. It's altogether possible that some could be sick with two things. Secondary infections are common with the flu.
Forum: General Talk 01-07-2022, 04:40 PM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 3,336
Views: 121,933
Yeah, I saw that news story too. I will be completely recovered from whatever I caught in another day or so. If it's covid, I won't be catching it again for a long time or maybe ever. Do kits have a shelf life? I suppose it would be a good thing to have one. Just a few weeks ago they were saying those home test kits weren't any good and now all of a sudden they are to become the prefered test. You can't even buy one around here. One of our local convenience store chains got a delivery of a few thousand and they sold out in half a day.
Forum: General Talk 01-07-2022, 11:04 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 3,336
Views: 121,933
It's probably a moot point for me because I'll most likely test negative anyhow if I get one next week. Whatever I have, it's almost completely gone after 2 days and my wife is up and around again also. With phone conversations with the doctor, since she tested negative and does have a sinus infection and for now, treat it as such. Both of us have allergies and I have chronic sinusitis which is almost a constant post nasal drip all year round. I would get occasional throat swabs once or twice a year just to make sure my throat irritation wasn't strep. My old reliable treatment of flushing my sinuses with salt water is working well.

I'm just really stunned that almost 3 years into this, people who have cold or flulike symptoms still can't get tested quickly and have to wait a few days for results. Making sick people sit out in their cars for 3-5 hours to get tested is totally unacceptable, especially in a cold climate like we live in. The test result is meaningless to me. There really isn't any treatment other than normal OTC remedies unless you need to get in the hospital. We both are considered elderly although we are in very good physical shape and workout daily. We're staying home for now just to be on the safe side and not spread it. Three years ago, I would have taken a dose of NyQuil and gone to work the next morning.
Forum: General Talk 01-07-2022, 08:16 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 3,336
Views: 121,933
Despite being vaccinated, I likely have come down with the Omicron variant but I'll probably never know as testing is virtually impossible until next week around here and it will probably over. My wife is also sick and got tested but tested negative on Monday and her doctor gave her meds for a sinus infection. They are now finding out that nasal swabs show negative for omicron and now want throat swabs but she can't get retested. Thankfully, whatever it is, it's more of a nusience than anything else. In years past, I would normally have just gone on with my daily routine but now will just hang out at home for a couple more days.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-04-2022, 07:52 AM  
End of SLRs?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 77
Views: 4,064
In the end, profits will decide the outcome. Photographers tend to be a rather conservative bunch who are not comfortable changing the tools that have been successful for them. I think DSLR's will be around for a while but it's the younger generations who have grown up around all electronic everything who will decide by what cameras they choose to purchase. Will they avoid cameras with mechanical mechanisms? The music industry has been forced to bring back vinyl records because the younger generation has "discovered" record players. But in the end, mirrorless cameras will be much cheaper to mass produce and more profits for the manufacturers.
Forum: General Talk 01-04-2022, 07:37 AM  
Spring / Fall Jacket for Photography Rec's?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 29
Views: 882
I have a waxed cotton jacket that I bought several years ago. It didn't offer much protection for any extended period in the rain and also tended to get mildew on the inside of it. A couple of good washings got the mildew out. I still have it. It looks cool but I never wear it outside in the rain anymore. As for "natural" products being better for the environment, I live not far from an area in NY state that was known for its leather tannerys and fabric mills and there are still pollution areas being cleaned up over practices from 100 years ago. The idea that buying "all natural" products is less harmful to the environment is more wishful thinking than reality.
Forum: General Talk 01-03-2022, 06:11 AM  
Spring / Fall Jacket for Photography Rec's?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 29
Views: 882
I will highly recommend the Carhartt Storm Defender mid weight jackets. It has some large pockets, is waterproof and breathable. Depending on what you wear under it, it's suitable for winter use. I have worn mine for over 8 years and it has held up well. It's loose enough for skiing in rain/wet snow. I wear it as an outer shell when I'm running my snow blower. By itself, it's perfect for cool and wet spring and summer days. Best thing is the price which is around $89 in my size.https://www.carhartt.com/product/103510/storm-defender-loose-fit-midweight-jacket
Forum: General Photography 12-28-2021, 02:55 PM  
Pentax camera design better than others ?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 104
Views: 4,631
The first thing that struck me about Pentax DSLR's was the ergonomics and the absolute ease of use. My first DSLR was the K10D and I felt very comfortable with it the moment I picked it up in the store. Then learning that all my M42 and manual lenses could be used with it made it a no brainer. They are also well built. My K10D is still in use occasionally and my K5 is still my main camera after 10 years of heavy use. I have used other cameras. My daughter has a Nikon D300 and its a well built sturdy camera but I have always found it difficult to find the settings I want with it and it can't use all the older Nikon lenses. Even my daughter who uses it all the time complains it's a complicated pain in the ass compared to her previous D200. A K3 III or K1 II will probably end up in my bag soon as nothing lasts forever, or do they? My SP1000 from 1975 still works.
Forum: General Talk 12-11-2021, 06:35 PM  
I am terminally ill...
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 109
Views: 5,925
Steve, you will be in my prayers. A very close friend of mine was also diagnosed with this recently and you both will be on my prayer list.
Forum: General Talk 12-06-2021, 04:46 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 25,353
Views: 1,911,794
Mine came with Big Sur. I will update to Monterey this weekend. I haven't installed Photoshop or Lightroom either. I going to do that after I upgrade. I'm kind of back to work right now. I've been semi retired but covid has hit our shop and only 2 of us were vaccinated and I just haven't had time to do more than the basic start things going stuff. All of my settings and bookmarks etc were saved in iCloud so that all loaded automatically. Most of my 99% of my photo library is on an external drive. Setting up my Lightroom catalog will be a bit time consuming.

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Thanks for the heads up. I'll look into that. I'm still hoping my old Mac is repairable at a reasonable cost.
Forum: General Talk 12-05-2021, 12:01 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 25,353
Views: 1,911,794
My 6 year old Mac Mini died kind of on Friday morning. It wouldn't boot up, just kind of hangs with the boot screen. So, I just purchased a new one with the M1 chip and SSD drive. Got to say, it's incredibly fast. I can see all my files when in recovery mode on my old one but I still can't get the old one to boot so it's going to get repaired hopefully or I'll just remove the drive and put in in a enclosure and recover what I need. I have all my photos stored on an external so none of them are affected.

I was planning on getting a new one anyhow but I was waiting for the next model to arrive next year. Well, it didn't quite make it but so far, I happy with the new one. It's a pretty substantial upgrade from the 2014 Intel version. The down side is I'm now forced to but a new film scanner and new color calibration device because Canon has no updated drivers and neither does Datacolor for their Sypder which is why I was holding off on upgrades and still running Mohave.
Forum: General Talk 11-19-2021, 01:31 PM  
Do Pentaxians drive Subarus?
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 147
Views: 5,481
Right now, I wouldn't touch one with a 10 ft pole. Everybody I know who has bought a Subaru in recent years has had head gasket failure or transmission failures. My next door neighbor bought a new Subaru WRX in February and just got rid of it after the third major repair. For whatever reason, they still seem to have a reputation of being a reliable car. She got $2000 over her purchase price on a trade in. She laughs about it and says it's now somebody else's headache. My sister in law has had her Forester back 3 times for blown head gaskets and is looking to get rid of it before the warranty runs out.
Forum: General Talk 11-19-2021, 09:26 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 3,336
Views: 121,933
Mistakes do happen but medical mistakes can have severe consequences. One of the reasons our medical costs are so high is large number of malpractice lawsuits. I got my covid shots at a hospital clinic that were doing hundreds of shots a day, mostly done by nursing students and volunteer EMT's with a couple of supervisors walking around. At that one, everybody was getting the same shot. Now mix in different age groups with different doses and I can easily understand how some people got the wrong dose. While it isn't often publicized, it is estimated that thousands of people die every year in hospitals because of wrong doses of medicine or receiving the wrong medicine. I wonder how many adults got a childs dose by accident? We'll never know the answer to that one.

The problem here isn't necessarily the safety of the vaccine but the competence of the staff giving the shots. That will always be a problem with any form of medical care.
Forum: General Talk 10-22-2021, 11:50 AM  
Camera + Hiking
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 11
Views: 1,118
I do 2 kinds of hiking with regards to photos. If I'm hiking into a place where I know there is a high probability of wildlife, birds, or some specific scenery like waterfalls, etc, I'll bring my camera and tripod along with whatever lenses I think I will need and have my camera handy with the Cotton Carrier. If I'm just going on a hike, I'll leave my camera in the backpack with a 17-70 zoom and maybe/maybe not even use it. This is after years of hikes and multi day trips. Modern phones do a very good job. I have learned through experience that even with a camera pretty handy, sudden encounters with wildlife are over before I can even get a lens cap off.
Forum: General Talk 10-17-2021, 03:53 PM  
Camera + Hiking
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 11
Views: 1,118
I've been using the Cotton Carrier chest harness for years. They aren't cheap. I did see once a homemade harness with short bungee cords criss crossed across a camera and attached to the backpack straps. He was using the standard neck strap with the bungees just stopping the camera from bouncing. On my last hike this summer, I just left my camera in my backpack which was a good thing because I fell 3 times through the day and relied on my phone for a lot of shots ( I know, sacrilege!). My old legs aren't what they used to be.
Forum: General Talk 10-08-2021, 06:13 AM  
Leaf peeping trip to Taconic/Berkshire regions
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 25
Views: 1,328
Saturday and Sunday are looking good, at least for Albany and areas north. Partly cloudy and highs in the mid 60's. The Hudson Valley will be warmer. Showers moving in Sunday night. If the forecast holds up and the weather is nice, consider the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. The air show with the old WW1 planes is a great time and and a great photo op, too. They're still open.
Forum: General Talk 10-07-2021, 06:58 AM  
Leaf peeping trip to Taconic/Berkshire regions
Posted By reeftool
Replies: 25
Views: 1,328
I'm about 70 miles north so I can't be much help about Columbia County events but if you want to wander up into the Adirondacks, plenty is happening and since the foliage is late this year, it's just about reaching peak.
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