I admit it — I’m a loser.
Not in the sense of not being good at my job or my life. I think I’m a good person. I’m also proud of being a community reporter and think I do it well … although I’ll never be in the same financial league as Oprah, J.K. Rowling or Rachael Ray, fersure.
I’m a loser because I lose things.
My car-key misplacing abilities are legendary. I’ll misfile crucial sheets of notes. I’ve put the portable phone in the freezer and the clean pillowcases by the phone stand. Fortunately, I didn’t put the ice cream in the linen closet. No, I left it sitting on the counter.
Just imagine the trouble my digital camera could give me.
Not the camera, itself, at least not yet. But have you taken a good look at the “film” for digital photography?
If I can lose a 5,000-pound mini-van in the parking lot or a 200-pound husband in our very own home, just imagine how fast I can mislay a miniscule digital-media disk.
I take some vitamins that are bigger than that!
Of course I never lose the old, slow, worn-out cards, oh no. It’s always the brand new, expensive, faster-than-the-speed-of-light disks that disappear.
It’s worst when I lose a card that I’ve just filled with photos during a crucial, never-to-be-repeated event.
To say that my bosses wouldn’t be very happy when that happens would be an understatement, like declaring that Mt. Everest is a sizeable hill.
And then there was a recent parade at Cambria's annual Pinedorado festival.
I’d taken with me a little case that holds backup AA batteries and a couple of spare photo cards. Digital media and pockets don’t get along, so I always have the case with me because it snaps right around my camera strap.
During the parade, I dashed up and down the street, taking pictures of floats and bands, little kids and clowns, just like I always do.
I think I log more miles than the marchers.
There were frustrations, too.
My Stetson flew off, and almost got crushed by a Clydesdale.
I missed some great shots because so many parade-watchers weren’t staying put, but were instead walking around, right in front of my lens. And I’m not tall enough to shoot over their heads.
I kept myself together, though, even when someone reached over and slapped a sticker-badge on my fringed, Western jacket and I couldn’t peel it off the suede.
Then I lost it. First the little case and the digital cards inside ... and then my cool, in part because there were wonderful parade pictures on one of those disks, I just knew it.
Husband Richard and I looked everywhere, obvious or not. We searched our van, gutters, trash cans. We asked everybody within a mile. We left “please call” notes all over town.
Eventually, photos from the other disks were used. Husband Richard ordered some expensive new digital cards. And I sulked.
But recently, I got around to taking my Western jacket to the dry cleaners so they could remove the stick-um from that doggone badge.
Did you know it costs more to clean that suede jacket than it would to replace it? Absurd.
As I flung the jacket back on the car seat in disgust, something thunked my knee. I reached into the pocket, rummaged around and surprise! I found the little case with the digital cards in it!
Sometime during the parade, I must have taken the case off my camera strap and stuck it in the fabric pocket of my jacket … not knowing that the pocket had a well-camouflaged hole in it.
As I scurried about taking photos, the lightweight little case must have slid down between the suede and the lining, ending up near the jacket’s already-bulky bottom hem.
Of course, I had checked the pockets way back when. But not the hem!
I suppose if I were more prone to wearing a fringed suede jacket around the house, I might have found the case and those three expensive photo cards much sooner.
But even months later, let me tell you, it’s a whole lot nicer to be a finder than a loser. I admit it.
E-mail Kathe Tanner at ktanner@thetribune news.com.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I admit it — I’m a loser.
Posted by Kathe Tanner at 3:32 PM