User experiences of a Canon FD 50mm f/1.4L lens
Smartphone-less-ness for perhaps just half a day was such an experience even though I was able to access Internet to some extent.
A **unfortunate negligence** in a regular Friday morning results in losing my two cell phones – personal and work one – in a large area of wet brushwood, chest-high tussock, thick growth of grass with tons of mosquitoes.
Impossible to have them back. Frustration doesn’t stop there, of course.
You don’t really need a PhD degree to understand how lifeline is as if cut for a cell-phone-less in his 30s: the discomfort, if not anxiety, level began to escalate.
To clarify, I’m a relatively low-tech tablet-less person.
Still, after a while, I was sort of panicking over:
- no daily usual cell phone-base activity;
- having got no time (when not wearing a watch);
- emails and landline phone calls as basic communication media at work never enough;
- feeling disconnected to everything.
On top of the above, I drove no car in most of the day in Calgary, a city where public transit isn’t convenient enough when travelling in and out non-downtown and surrounding areas.
During that day or less, never did I seem to miss an important phone call, an unmissable email or even a causal notification from Facebook that opened in web browser via my desktop. I’ve realized the now disappeared little portable device is more than a communication technology but works like a water and bread to someone’s life.
Advantageous unsecured living style.
But I did not die without that pocket-sized gadget.
This experience is quite different from a getaway or an out-town trip when phone signal or wifi is simply dead.
The very first thing in mind when my cell phones were gone was to rescue them as soon as possible. The second thing I did was to inform some close friends in private messages and ironically to post a status in Facebook. And the third thing, quite predictably, is to find a way out to back to “normal”. All three are aimed at keeping re-connected.
What is our normalcy?
Without a cellphone around, we may have to give up instant Google search for an address, a price check of certain things, immediate response to/from someone, on-the-spot Instagram photo(s) before meal, or efficiency that is helped from new tech.
By the same token, we may gain some. Learn to be patient for all things, enjoy the real world from a more in-depth perspective, communicate with others in more direct way, arrange ahead to organize a bit our daily schedule, and slow down with deep breathe.
Summarize in this way: while we sometimes forget we are free-will human being, we are in charge of our own lifestyle(s).
Actually, not always the case.
Discernment is the hardest part.
**Long story short: I dropped my car off for a service; a shuttle driver gave me ride to office 2 hours before work; I decided to walk for breakfast but took a short cut instead; after I walked across a soccer field size of grassland, my phones were gone; I searched twice but could not find them.
During my Central Europe trip, no single day is alcohol free. (To clarify, I am never an alcoholic.)
The currency in Czech Republic is indeed beer.
Beer lovers would love and hate this country. Having a chance to try as many beers as possible, you would never manage to remember all tastes.
I tired perhaps 20 different (new-to-me) beers in Prague, capital city of Czech Republic, alone. There were couple beers tasting in Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary. No single ones, in “soft count”, is repeated.
Probably missing some local goodies, having more than 2 glasses (500ml) of beer per day in average, excluding wine and other liquor, is a personal record.
The very big issue now: I unlikely can re-taste the beers that I like unless travelling Europe again.
Here is a short list (bare with the error; BOLD=what I like):
- Břevnovský Benedict Světlý Ležák @ Pivovarský klub, Prague
- Stout (Pivovar Bobr,Zadní Třebaň) @ Pivovarský klub, Prague
- Klaster @Beer Museum, Prague
- Svijany Máz @Beer Museum, Prague
- Merlin @Beer Museum, Prague
- Kocour Visen (Chery) @Beer Museum, Prague
- Masopustni Special @Beer Museum, Prague
- Zatec Baronka @Beer Museum, Prague
- Two Tales (Bohemian Ales) @Beer Museum, Prague
- Matuska @Beer Museum,Prague
- Real Deal Ale @Beer Museum, Prague
- D’este @Beer Museum, Prague
- Arany Ászok @ Flea Market, Petofi Csarnok, Budapest
- Velkopopovícký Kozel dark 1874 canned (Czech Republican)
- Karlskrone Radler (German)
- Karlskrone Alkoholfree (German)
- Sixtusbräu Schankbier (Austrian)
- Kühles Blondes Bier (Austrian)
- Berg König Märzen (Austrian)
- Hofbräu München Grapefruit (German)
- Szüretlen vörös (unfiltered red) @ Kaltenberg Sörház és Étterem – Budapest
- Borsodi Sör @Kazimir Bisztro (Hungarian beer)
- Borsodi Barna @Szimpla Kert (Hungarian brewery, German style dark)
- Velkopopovícký Kozel dark draught (Czech Republican)
- Meantime London Pale Ale @Huxleys Restaurant, Heathrow (England)
- Pilsner Urquell (draught) @Mama Lucy
- Dreher Classic @R14 Bisztro
- Krügel @Reinthaler’s Beisl
- The Salm Bräu Weizen (mixed beer) @Salm Bräu
- Rauchbier (smoky dark beer) @7 Sternbräu, Vienna
- HANF @7 Sternbräu, Vienna
- Flekovský Tmavý Ležák 13° @U Fleku, Prague
- Hofbräu München Original (draught) @ Great Market Hall, Budapest
- Krusovice tmavé @U Sedmi Svabu
- ottaKringer helles (draught) @ hostel, Vienna
- Fóti Zwickl @hostel, Budapest
This is bound to be an exciting trip. Solo traveller in trio central/eastern European countries that with three languages and currencies for two weeks. Barely accessible Internet means a long prayer walk. Architectures and churches but perhaps way too many beers. Exploring new horizon in vintage places. Words cannot describe the excitement and the hidden anxiety. Oh well, I have been trying.
I didn’t know I took this #Tokyo #nightphotography picture until now, after tidying up my photo album in cell phone.
Yes, it’s a photo by one of my smart phones #Nexus5 .
The quality is amazingly good on screen with just a bit noise.
Too bad, the phone’s camera function is defeated; I can only selfie with that phone.
Overall, left over
#tokyocameraclub #TedTravelTaskforce #skytree #skyline #nightimage #cityscape #urban #urbancity #lovetravel #lonelyplanet #tripadvisor #reportagespotlight #有種旅行叫日本 #Japan
Have just bought this vintage Brownie film cameras in a bundle. Always love old cameras that work well although I’m not sure whether I can buy film to fit them.
The Canadian kodak and/or French made trios have been discontinued for more than 50 years. But metal body, meniscus lens, rotary shutter, 120 roll (620) film mode, top and side viewfinders all are goodies.
Even though there may be no way to get proper film for them, it would still be a great home decor.
By the way, the Hawkeye square-shape one on top is a flash model.
#bakelite #boxcamera #art #decor #browniejunior #brownietarget #six16