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On the way back from the doctor's (who didn't want to prescribe me any more painkillers, but sent me on my way with a leaflet on how I should do some exercises using some sort of an elastic band that I ought to be able to obtain from...I don't know, a shop that sells sports kits or something -in other words, the sort of shop I never set foot in- or cobble together out of some kind of elastic material myself, four times a day for five to ten minutes at a time, for the next two to three months; and which of course I am never going to do), I picked up a brand new digital camera from a shop that was going bust.

Did I need a new camera? No, not really. The one I have is still perfectly serviceable. But this one's all shiny, less clunky, and says "12.2 megapixels!" on its body, whereas the old one only boasts 5.2...so it has to be better, don't you think? It's an Olympus too, which back in the day when I used to do some serious photography (back in the Dark Ages when cameras were still manually operated and I used to lug a great big case of various lenses around with me), was one of my preferred brands. I've still got one locked away in a cupboard, I think; used to be my pride and joy...But I no longer have access to a dark room, and besides, I'm far too busy to take up a pastime that time-consuming again. However, I might reconsider if, come September and my pottery class, I start to produce my masterpieces.

Oh, and I bought some new shoes, too. I'll show you a picture later.

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deadflowerss
Apr. 8th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I love Olympus!I have a Canon now,which is a better camera but I much preferred my old Olympus.I think they have fantastic picture quality.
gamiila
Apr. 8th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
My first serious relationship was with a professional photographer, who taught me a lot...including the sure and certain knowledge that you can't get much better than a Canon (okay, you can, but Hasselblads are far too pricey). And I've had several of those, too. But my old Olympus, which I bought without his supervision after we broke up, suited me more somehow. And now I'm expecting great things from this digital version :-)
meko00
Apr. 8th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Heh, I remember my father carrying at least three Olympus around (of different sizes & with assorted lenses); mostly taking pictures of buildings, but also on us. I don't think he ever developed them himself, though... but then, there was a photo shop close by.

Seriously though, maybe you should look into some light exercises for your arm... Me, I'm doing shoulders/back exercises at a physiotherapist's, and they help a lot.
gamiila
Apr. 8th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
It's not that I don't want to do the exercises, or don't believe in their ability to help heal my elbow; it's just that I know myself too well. I'll get stuck in to work, and I'll forget to take these breaks...and I'll feel like a wally when I do remember, with all my colleagues looking on.

Popping pills is just so much easier...
meko00
Apr. 8th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
(Come to think of it, he carried two Canons and at least one Olympus, I think.)

Ah. Yes, I know what you mean; remembering to take breaks is really hard. I'm thinking of programming the calendar in my mobile to alert me when I've been stuck sitting at my desk too long.

suze2000
Apr. 9th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
This is one of the reasons why I am Not At All Fond Of Prescribed Exercises. I have no motivation to do such exercises, despite (like you) my belief in their ability to work.

Would anti-inflammatories help at least?
gamiila
Apr. 10th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
Well, I was on anti-inflammatories, but I'd run out; hence my return trip to my GP's. The only doctor in the practice who could see me on short notice was an attending, a young whipper-snapper who confessed he wanted to specialise in sports medicine, and who refused to refill my prescription because I'd already gone through 3 boxes (or 90 tablets) and giving me any more would increase the risk of damaging my stomach lining.

I've told you before, I think, about the ludicrous caution Dutch doctors observe in writing out prescriptions.
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