This post is going back in time a bit. It’s about our arrival in Madrid via Moscow. yes, Moscow… do you already see the punch line?
I can’t tell you how often stuff made in China cheaply (there are plenty of other things well made, but it seems more to do with whether the company wants it to be made well such as Apple at the extreme other end), think the low cost alternatives to the pricey things, results in this image above. I removed the end of my cheaply made time lapse timer that goes into my Olympus OMD, not thinking much about it. A short time later I found the silver tip stuck in the camera! I thought for a moment the guts of the camera part had partly pulled out; luckily, it was the end to the time-lapse timer. No more time-lapse shots, ugh.
Now I get to throw it out. What a waste of materials, not to mention more tech junk in the trash! We now will try and ONLY buy quality things. This time-lapse item was the only option at the time.
I will upgrade our GH2 with the ptools hack only, and that will offer use time-lapse again.
What appeared to be another wet winter finale is turning into stellar conditions. Back in January, long term predictions indicated February as wetter and warmer, which it was, and March to be colder but normal for precipitation. If things turn out as things are showing, Half of march is going to be dry! Yay! April was not given any predictions, and it related more to how March played out. Time to climb…
Our first day out climbing since arriving in Font Saturday night, we thought it prudent to do some circuits and reacquaint ourselves with the Gres, or stone. We were also just getting over our colds and wanted not to hike or do much of anything too physical… except climb, of course. The red circuit at the first area, maybe 50 meters from the parked car was the ticket; unfortunately, it was Sunday. Isatis is a busy place and weekends only adds to it.
As you can tell by this post and my other one on the SFR sim card, it’s raining.
As some may have observed, I have a goatee. I trim it regularly with an electric clipper (model: MC-3/Color Pro) made by Wahl. I chose the Wahl because it’s American made, and it was the only Wahl at Rite-Aid or CVS. Wahl makes solid clippers. It was a snap decision to axe the hair on my head which then doubles as a goatee trimmer.
Upon arriving in France, we bought an sfr sim card to use for communication with friends and for internet since our gite, like most gites, have none (those that do are considerably more expensive). Two years ago, we used a friend’s card, a resident and citizen of France, an expatriate. He was required to recharge the card since it was tied to his name and credit card.
We arrived in France on Friday night late at our friends’ place, a friend I’ve not seen in years save one lucky afternoon when they just happened to be in the states at a gym I was coaching a youth in los Angeles, 4 years ago. Finally, we arrived to say hello again.
There Their home sits on the northern tip of one of the oldest and largest primordial oak forests in France, Forêt Domaniale de la Grésigne, not to mention a mecca of superb sport climbing. The next morning, we left for Fontainebleau and have been here since Saturday evening.
Once we have more consistent internet, I’ll be blogging about various topics and, of course, bouldering. Right now it’s a quick stop at a McDonald’s to catch up on internet then on to Franchard Isatis for our second day in a row there.