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1983. Annie closes on Broadway after 2,377 shows. Gandhi wins Best Picture as Return of the Jedi picks up steam. Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system. The De Lorean Motor Company ceases production, and the McNugget is introduced. I am three years old and love Ernie. Konica also produces a charming little pocket rangefinder with auto focus, shutter, and film winding, all for the low, low price of 47,800 yen.

For some time now, I have wanted a lightweight “junk” camera that I can always have with me and throw in any number of bags. The A-1 is too versatile and valuable a piece of equipment to have jostled around in my backpack all the time. The 70-210mm zoom lens is also intimidating to a lot of people.

Anyway, I didn’t want to put a lot of money into said camera because that would defeat the purpose. So I’ve been coming flea markets and Akihabara back alleys for a couple of months. I finally found what I was looking for last weekend while helping out the Nihon Furosato Food Festival. I bought shiny, black, brick from a kindly, well-traveled old man who spoke way too much like a used car salesman. But the camera was impeccably well kept, spotless and hardly a scratch on it– inconceivable for a 25 year old consumer shoot-and-forget camera.

Though I have had a decent array of camera bodies for a while, this marks the first time I’ve ever had film bodies at the same time. I realized today how nice this was when shooting the annual hanami raves in Yoyogi park this afternoon. The weather was a real drag, frigid, raining, and dark. But having 1600 Natura pushed to 3200 in the A-1 and 400 Presto in the Konica, I felt confident that I could handle any number of shots without feeling the pressure to finish a roll for switching stock.

For the first time in a long time I have a considerable scan backlog now, so once I get through my slides I’ll make an album in the Gallery dedicated to Konnie. ๐Ÿ™‚

Evening, 5:30 and rain

I left work today at four because I have a cold. I have a cold and I’m tired. I also had a planned holiday for working a couple weekends ago.

It’s raining, and still light outside, much warmer than before but I can still see my breath in front of the window. Today feels, surreal. Whether its the drugs or the rare circumstance of leaving the office before it’s pitch black, I feel sleepy and incredibly excited at once. So much beauty to record now…


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ใจใซใ‹ใใ€่ฆ‹ใˆใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใฎใžใ่ฆ‹่ˆˆๅ‘ณใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ–นๅฟƒใ‹ใ‚‰ๅ–œใ‚“ใงใใ ใ•ใ„ใ€‚ใกใ‚‡ใฃใจใšใค็’ฐๅขƒใ‚‚ๆ›ดๆ–ฐใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ไปŠไธ€็•ช็›ฎ็ซ‹ใคใฏๅฃ็ด™ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ€‚ใใ‚Œใจๅทฆใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‚ตใ‚คใƒ‰ใƒใƒผใซใƒฉใƒณใƒ€ใƒ ๅ†™็œŸใŒ่กจ็คบใ•ใ‚Œใพใ™ใ€‚ๅ…จ้ƒจใฏ็ด ๆ•ตใชใ‚ฎใƒฃใƒฉใƒชใƒผใซๅ…ฅใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใฉใ†ใžใ‚ฏใƒชใƒƒใ‚ฏใ—ใฆใ€่ฆ‹ใฆใ€ๆš‡ใชใ‚‰่‰ฏใๆ˜”ใฎๆ€ใ„ๅ‡บใซ้€ฃ็ตกใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใ„ใ€‚