LA Traffic

LA Traffic is…

  • when a trip that should take 2 1/4 hours takes 3 1/2 hours
  • when all 5 lanes on I-5 come to a complete standstill
  • when the “fastest available route” includes only three sections marked red in the maps app on your phone

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Approach with caution

There’s a Honda right around here, same make, model year, trim and color as ours. What’s more, only the last two digits of the license plate are different (theirs ends in -50 instead of -48!).

One time it was parked right next to ours, at Lake Hodges, when I returned to the trailhead parking lot from a walk with Toni. I thought I was hallucinating! Another time it was parked in the Costco parking lot and I was going crazy, because neither the remote nor the key itself would unlock the car.

I’ve learned to approach what appears to be our own car with caution on public parking lots.

AUPD: Trypod

From Alexander’s unofficial photography dictionary (AUPD), today:

The Trypod is a person, usually a photographer, who is desperately trying to get a steady photo when the circumstances really dictate the usage of a more solid camera support system. Especially found in photographers who recently bought their first stabilized lens and/or camera with insanely high ISO capabilities.

In the wild, the Trypod can easily be identified by its white knuckles (from trying to get a firm grip on the camera), slight shaking of the whole body and the sweat on their brow from trying to steady themselves in the most ridiculous position. A burst of continuous shutter sounds is usually followed by hopeful chimping, then a look of despair and/or disappointment. This behavior is often repeated multiple times.