Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Arizona Justice League of Photographers, Canyon Lake

Question: How many teachers does it take to transfer 100 photos from a digital camera to a computer?

Answer: More than the number living in my house.

The Justice League of Photographers recently explored Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flats. I took close to 100 photos. Thanks to modern technology I can show you exactly one. Why just one photo? If I could answer the question, I could probably download the photos now couldn’t I?

I returned from the photo shoot raring to upload the photos. As you probably know, uploading is a simple process that entails connecting the camera to the computer with, catch this, a USB cord and clicking on the right places on the computer screen. That’s right; I know what a USB cord is. I clicked on the screen but nothing happened. Three hours of screwing around with the computer yielded me no pictures.

I decided to seek out the expertise of my coworkers. The next door teacher is a camera/computer aficionado; he immediately ascertained that my USB cord is a piece of junk. Using his top of the line USB cord, he expeditiously transferred the pictures to the, get this, K drive on my work computer. That’s right folks; I know what a k drive is Now that the pictures were on my k drive, all I had to do was email the folder to my home computer. Long story short - I get it; it’s a little late for a long story short - the email wouldn’t accept the whole file and I was only able to send one picture, one banana picture.

The next day I sought out a different camera/computer specialist. He told me I needed to buy a little ten dollar box. This box would hold my camera card and transfer pictures much more easily. Finally, a simple answer. I mean, what could be simpler than a ten dollar box?

On the way home I stopped at Radio Shack. I showed my camera to the 16 year-old clerk.

“I need the little ten dollar box for the picture card.”

OK, my description was far from eloquent but she seemed to know what I meant. Rolling her eyes, she snatched a package with the little box and rang me up.


“I though these little boxes were ten bucks.”

“21.50.” she said coldly.

“Are you sure this little box will work on my computer?” I asked handing her my debit card.

“Just follow the directions.” she said handing me my receipt and box.

I thought about telling her that if her Radio Shack gig ever went south there was a Subway down the street where she’d fit right in.

I know this is hard to believe, but even with box, I was not able to successfully transfer the pictures from the camera to the computer. Although the kid wasn’t very happy to see me again, she took the box back and credited my card with the 21.50.

And so I have this Banana picture.


Sproglet said...

I love that banana.

It's possibly the best banana I've ever seen in my life.

#167 Dad said...

Thanks Sproglet. I feel better about myself now.

Paul Greci said...

Definitely the coolest banana photo I have ever seen.

As for the technology drama, that easily could have been me.

quillfeather said...

Indeed, she could have slipped quite easily into the Subway down the road. What is it about you and shop assistants!

The pic of the banana, simply took my breath away :)

Clif said...

For fans of the banana, just wait until #167 Dad figures out how to upload the other 99 pictures. Having seen the shots at the time of their taking, I can vouch we have an inanimate star in the making!!!

italgalmm said...

Banana.... "Going Rouge"

On another note... I made the "Good Stuff" list.. Cool Beans !!!!!
Is that anything like the Naughty or Nice List???

Guely of Sweden said...

The camera thing, after a few times you will learn it by doing it often and not necessarily trying to understand it.
And about the banana... well, is not "Chiquita", seƱor!

kavita said...

Please add another Banana fan to the list....yeah,this Banana rocks!!!

Even i don't understand ...if i had this problem i would have given my card to a photo studio and would have asked them a CD copy of the pictures and later would have transfered these pics from the CD to the folder in my computer.Do i make any sense ?
May be u can copy the pics from your work comp's kdrive to a simple CD and later copy the pics to your home computer.Confused even more?
I am taking a short break from blogger.


Bluesfrau said...

Oh, that a grand banana!

*ch ch ch*

The pale observer said...

The banana was worth it :) Dontcha just love the helpful attitude of our young retail workers? You'd think they were tortured prisoners...

Rick Rivers said...

Dad, I just stick the SD card from my digital camera into the little SD slot on the side of my computer and get a window where I click "import", and presto they are loaded onto my computer? Tortilla Flat, huh?

#167 Dad said...

More banana pics to come.

I should have left a banana peel for her to slip on.

Look out Mill Avenue!

#167 Dad said...

of course you made the good stuff list.

next time I'll bring a chiquita...

thanks for the camera advice. you're a genius.

#167 Dad said...

Happy Holidays...

...and people are looking for jobs around here.

I think the SD card is what the kid at Radio Shack sold me. Or not.
Yes, we have our own Tortilla Flats in Arizona. Steinbeck never wrote a book about the place but pictures are coming.