This is cold and flu season.
But I’ve got a different kind of bug…the shutterbug.
I caught it when I made a total impulse buy.
Let me explain.
I went to my new Pacific NW dentist just to get my teeth cleaned.
No biggie, right?
After two hours of poking, prodding, and trying to avoid lock-jaw, I discovered several disturbing facts:
1. My NYS dentist must have gotten her degree in The Witch School of Dental Hygiene where bacteria and mercury are a mouth’s best friends.
2. All of my mercury fillings need to be replaced because they are highly toxic mercury (duh) and because they are degrading, thus allowing a bacteria Bat Mitzvah to happen under each tooth.
3. I have a cracked tooth that needs a crown and it’s been cracked a long time judging by the rivers of bacteria flowing around it.
4. I have some serious gum disease from all this bacteria festering in my NYS mouth.
Total cost for getting my mouth as healthy as an old camel’s mouth: $4,000 and change.
I left the dentist’s office:
1. Happy that all this mercury in my mouth will be gone.
2. Sad that I’m among half of the American population with periodontal disease.
3. Feeling like I needed something to cheer me up.
So I bought myself (and Phil) an Nikon DL-7100 digital SLR camera with two lenses.
Yeah. I know what you’re thinking.
1. Lorna, you have to spend the equivalent of buying a used car to repair your mouth, and you go out and buy an expensive camera?
2. Lorna, you know nothing about photography (we’ve seen your pictures), and you buy a camera with more bells and whistles than a kiddie train ride in Disney Land?
3. Lorna, do you know the symptoms of depression?
Apparently I’m a bit rusty on the checklist.
Well, to all you skeptics out there, piffle, I say!
Phil and I have been reading the 300+ page manual on how to turn the darned thing on and took our new camera for a test drive this past weekend.
We went to a local wildlife refuge where you can only drive around, stay in your car and take pictures.
So we did.
So, how did I do? Should I have gone home and flossed rather than gone to a store and shopped?
I think I’m going to take a class on basic photography once I figure out how to turn the camera off.
I also want a more powerful zoomy lens. But I many have to wait until I pay off my
used car teeth bill.