I spent today cleaning out old paperwork and files that were taking up precious space in my small home. I work fast. I am not one to get sentimental about old tax returns or even the copy of my marriage license that I found buried in a file. And I didn’t find any pictures to take me back to my (not so) wild youth. No cat pictures either (except a blurry Polaroid of my Bridge Kitty Pooky sitting by our old rowing machine. I don’t know why I kept it.)
I have learned some things about home organization in the past few weeks. Tools, boxes and bags that are supposed to help you stay organized are no good if they have nooks and crannies where things can hide. That’s why I spent three years wondering where my miter vise and the wedge to my ring clamp were hiding. They were under my nose the whole time, secreted in one of these. And some things are so big (I tossed this behemoth after I had emptied it) that it’s easer to store the things they contain in a drawer and have done with it. Enough of that.
My cleaning out trip down memory lane didn’t stall due to sentimentality until I stumbled on my first digital camera hidden on a shelf behind some books. (Fortunately for me, I was almost finished purging, so the discovery didn’t derail my good intentions.)
My first digital camera was a Fuji Fine Pix 2800 It only had 2 megapixels but it also had 6X optical zoom which was unheard of for a budget camera in those days (2002). And it took beautiful pictures although the files were small and not really suitable for print media.
Here are some of the pictures I found on the huge Smart Media cards used with the camera:
I took some new pictures of a project I am working out to see if the camera still functioned:
I would keep the camera for web-based photography, but I like the flexibility that larger files give. So, I will erase all the media cards, find a spare card reader (the big media cards won’t fit into a standard computer slot) and donate the camera to a thrift shop.
Bye old friend!