Friday, November 20, 2009

Camera Gear and Character Development

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The Houseguest was due Thursday afternoon. The package from B&H arrived at 2:30 PM. Dutifully, I parked the unopened box of adventure in the studio and finished my last minute chores. The next two hours was about temptation. It took a will of iron, but I emerged from the struggle victorious. I am proud of myself.

You see, I knew that waiting inside that box was a Canon STE transmitter along with another light stand and umbrella bracket. Once I ripped through that cardboard, I would enter the next phase of my lighting education. It took stern reminders through the next two hours to resist reaching for the box opener. Why did I resist? I knew that once I opened that box, I would be long gone. The place would, once again, be a mess and I would be totally distracted until long after our guest left. I might not even have noticed her arrival, and that wouldn’t have made any points with The Husband.

So, I waited.

Delayed gratification builds character, right? It darn sure better do something good for me.


  1. Anita, you have such great restraint! I would have found some excuse, lame or otherwise to open the box.

  2. Will power! Strength! Patience! You got'em all. Have fun with the new tool!

  3. While they say and I believe that patience is a virtue, in my case I keep thinking of a cartoon I saw of two buzzards sitting in a tree with one saying to the other, "Patience be damn, I'm going to kill me something!" :-)

    I look forward to seeing the results of your wonderful new gadgets!

  4. You are too funny. I think you would have been well justified to tell said Houseguest to postpone. :-)

  5. I'm with Mark! Heck, wait for a guest to leave before opening a B&H photo box?! Not! I don't think that even Ms. Manners would tackle such a daunting task! Kudos to you and your strength of character! You're an inspiration, but I shall not aspire to such heights! Guests be damned! ;-)


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