Friday, September 26, 2008

Mom's Birthday - Going Strong - Recording my song - NYC 3

Happy Birthday Mim!

I treated Mom and Sister to lunch; a rare gesture since I am usually
so impoverished. Speaking of which (money). I was in the city
yesterday when the money manager called me. I had finally gotten to
the Eyebeam gallery and techno-school which is very much like
Creativity Cafe in some ways - functioning on a limited scale without
visionary intent.

Last night after my THIRD TRIP into Manhattan ( to go to Eyebeam
opening at 6pm after replacing the UV filter that saved my 28-200 mm
Sigma lens, at TriState camera, there again after getting there too
late last Friday when the Jewish owners left early for the Sabbath, I
went to jam with Linsy and try out my new Audio Interface. Worked
fantastically! Now I am up to snuff for studio quality recordings.
When I return to Maui, I will be focusing on my music for CD quality
release. Then next time with my new bass player friend, I will have
tracks for him to contribute to and of course, I will have my audio
act together to record his band.

The lens that broke was the UV protection lens. It did its job when
the camera went flying while fetching the wrong transport for mother.
I had told her I was getting a wheelchair and came back with a
motorized scooter. She blatantly and flatly was insulted by my
gesture (quite the opposite of what I'd expected). She associated the
scooter with "more disability" and her pride refused her the comfort
and ease of keeping pace with less work for me. I was on my way back
with the wheelchair when I had the thought of how much my back hurts.
I was not even wanting to shop at this point when the lens slipped
from my lap and smashed for the 5th or so time to the ground (super
glue fixed it again enough to record my life) . Only the last two
falls permanently affected it, but I do need a new lens to remain
professional. ] I digress.

Just after we got back from the restaurant on a rainy Friday and as
soon as I had my clothes off, Moms doorbell rang. I put on a shirt
and pants and greeted the delivery guy with Apple Books I'd created,
finally! I had ordered these first two experiments in making iPhoto
books (of the images I have been scanning from my negative and slide
archives for the last two months) anticipating mom's birthday.

The ordering system on the Apple site was ambiguous resulting in my
order being incorrectly processed without the shipping address
intended. Upon a call to Apple, things were corrected but the
expected delivery date of the 18th didn't quite make the grade. The
party on Sept 21 was not to be the time to share the product of my
labors and gift with Mother and friends. I was so looking forward to
showing off my images and her family. But on her actual birthday,
its even better. The books arrived and because of the faux pas in
ordering, a perfect gift from Apple as mom loves books. I will keep
one of them to judge my future book compositions and tonal
treatments, now that Apple did the right thing by reimbursing me for
my troubles and doing such a great job with clear, clean reproductions.

The problem was not only Apple's fulfillment mechanism. FedEX was
also to blame. Their rerouting was less than their usual amazing
delivery feat. My call to them on the 22 resulted in promised
delivery on 24 Sept., not the 18th as first believed. I waited and
waited on the 24th, still no books. So today's timing two days later
was perfect, and actually delivered on the perfect day. Mom couldn't
stop admiring my work of art. It made me so happy, way beyond my
other gifts of the lay's, pedometer, CD of my music, DVD of other
images, etc. etc.

Who am I to tell her what to eat (as disgusting as it is to me to
watch her wolf down dead animals with great gusto; dripping in cheese


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