I did it! I wrapped up every neg and slide taken from 1988 to 2003, packed them in a box, and set it inside the back of a UPS truck. Shipped them off to be scanned by scancafe. About 2797 slides and 2936 negs. Total ~5733. Wow.
It kind of took me over this weekend, one of those big decisions that made itself. I thought I’d just send half, but I realized that everything from June 2003 on was already digital, either shot digitally or scanned by my lab when I processed the film. So I kept going and sent it all.
It was a big decision not just because of the cost, but because I’m sending off all of my images. It will take them two months to be scanned. What if they’re damaged or lost? Honestly, I don’t care. It felt great to have those big black binders emptied and packed for transformation. It’s all but impossible to see the tiny film images in there. Now I’ll have jpegs and be able to see what I have. I’ll use it or rid of it, and archive the rest. I didn’t send the grandpa images (yet), and everything else I have paper prints or scanned images of the important stuff. If it’s gone, it’s gone. I will be traumatized, but it’s great to feel that I could handle it and let them go. Before, the thought of losing my most adored possessions? Couldn’t do it. There were so many I had to pack them into a suitcase and take the bus to work (instead of the subway).
I just made the UPS pickup and saw them into the truck myself. It felt fantastic—but I delight in getting rid of things or making things new and usable. I also donated a few books and clothes this weekend, and trashed the 100CDs full of pics that I’d converted to a few DVDs. Yay!
I stayed up way too late last night finishing the book. Yes, it did end as I’d expected since page 37 (462 pages later) but I loved it anyway. It was sweet and clever. I really am a closet romantic. Add “read more fiction” to the things-i-must-do list.
It’s Sunday night. 8:09pm. I start an intensive yoga training tomorrow at 8:30am, which runs through Saturday. Good word, I have to get up at 6:30am. Where went my week off?
I’m slowly going though the Sri Lanka pics, only about 70 more to edit until I am done with the pics from ashtangalanka and environs. It’s taking a long time because they are all quite similar and I’m not sure which to cut. I’ve never mastered my digital camera, because I quit professional photog when film was still the standard, and I’ve simply not shot that much digitally by comparison, though my SLR is five years old. The way it reads light is still strange to me, which in Sri Lanka wasn’t helped by the fact that one of the two batteries I took with me was so old as to only hold charge for about 3 minutes, before the meter went mad. I discovered this when Andrea and I went to the surf beach (as we called it, because the waves were suitable for body surfing) and there were two sweet cows on the beach. I kind of fixed the exposures, but alas.
I’ve also been reading a novel in the blissful quiet of my home, the most vacation-y thing I’ve done this week. I can’t recall the last time I indulged. It’s quite good, though I’d have cut a hundred pages plus, easily, and tightened up the story (which you’ll be saying upon viewing all the ocean photos in the upcoming photo essay). I’m two-thirds through the book, A Trip to the Stars, and am waiting to get through the rest to see as if ends as I’ve expected since page 37. I just want the separated lovers to reunite and kiss, damn it.
A week from now will be the eve of my return to the bread and butter job, and the next six days are full of yoga. The last 7 days have been full of yoga as well, lest you think I was clever enough to take the week to laze about my home and stroll in the park. Other than the novel and editing, I’ve been fulfilling the requirements for my advanced training, as well as teaching, and reading about php/wordpress, to see exactly what I can do in this realm. I taught five classes, did five hours of required, supervised privates, and assisted/observed other classes for six hours. That was my week off. I did lunch with friends three times, squeezed in chats with a few others, and reunited with lost friends Ilona and Narimantas, whom I’ve searched for since I last saw them in Kaunas in 1995 (yes, of course it was assbook). Remarkable. I managed to clean and do laundry in <3 hours today and was delighted to have the rest of the rainy day to read, edit and finally write before it all starts up again tomorrow. I think this might inspire the next post on the yoga blog: what does it take to be a yoga teacher?
My mother told me tonight that Mr. Brown, Herb to my parents, died on Thursday, which was 10 years to the day that my paternal grandmother/namesake died. Mr. Brown lived across the street from us when I was a child. He was incredibly sweet and funny. When I went knocking with my girl scout cookie sales sheet each year, he’d tell me with twinkling eyes what a good girl scout he was in the day—sold more cookies than I would imagine. He’d also mow his lawn in the dark (when it was cooler) and sometimes in circles, walking around in the street to get the edges. The Brown’s daughter, about ten years older than me, was the town’s star softball player, which seemed very tough and glamorous to my eight-year-old self. Mr Brown often practiced his golf in the front yard for hours, and hollered jokes over while I mowed the lawn. “What??” Ah, memories. You were a great neighbor and you made us laugh, Mr. Brown. May you rest peacefully.