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Monday, 28 August 2017

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Welcome back, Mike! Personally, I could be a mathematician, with the thoughts I'd be thinking, if I only had a brain. Instead, I'm looking for a class in auto-didacticism.

Patrick

So sorry about your mother. Been there, done that!

But I want to know more about Pearl! Does she speak Dutch, for instance?

Please tell me more about that modified Instax. Did Oren do it himself, or is it possible to buy one somewhere? I'm getting close to the end of my stash of peel-apart Fuji instant film. I have a Mamiya Universal camera to shoot that stuff with. But I'd really like to find an Instax camera that actually has a decent lens...manual exposure controls would be dandy too.

Oh...and welcome back. Missed you, but Gordon did well while you were away. Sorry the vacation involved dealing with those family issues. I know all too well what that can be like.

Damn, did we have this conversation already? While you were hanging in the Compuserve Photo forum, I was Chief Sysop of the MacUser Magazine forum, and also hanging out a lot in the Movies forum with the likes of Roger Ebert.

The great thing about being a sysop was not the monthly stipend, but the fact that the Compuserve fee was waived. When I first started, if I remember, it was $21 an hour (!), so the money saved by free access added up to much more than the stipend.

Anyway, what a terrific place for conversations.

Mike,
Welcome back home, and I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. At 75 myself, I've already seen dementia's effects on various (older) members of my extended family. It's perhaps rougher on the care givers, but distressing regardless of which side of the condition you're on.

Anyway, here's a wave from across the lake. Big family gathering this week, we got in Saturday, and leaving this coming Saturday. Give a shout if you're open for a drop-in. I think you already have my email, from earlier communications.

Welcome back ! My family spent last week in not-quite-your-neck-of-the-woods (the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks ... I had considered a trip out to the Finger Lakes and Letchworth State Park, but it would have required too much driving from place to place to see all I wanted to see). On the way home from our trip, I gave my daughter and her friend a twin pack of Fuji Instax film so they could each print some pictures from the trip (I'd packed her Instax printer).
The little prints have a certain charm to them, even though the quality is relatively lousy. On the way home, we stopped at a craft & antique fair, where I picked up a little souvenir pack of wallet-sized b&w pictures from Ausable Chasm (a place we visited). Those little, old pictures were also charming. And while in Saranac Lake, we visited the studio of a photographer, where I bought a poster of a photo he took with a Fuji 617. But I noticed a few prints he had on display that consisted of 4 small images on a roughly 3x10" paper. I found those charming, too. I'm starting to like small prints.
Neither here nor there, but I figured between upstate NY and Fuji, it was somehow relevant.

Oh dear, sorry about your mom, that sounds rough. I don't even know what to wish for you, other than the strength and balance to carry on gracefully through this time.

I found those as primary care giver for my mother, but it may have been easier, as her slow deterioration was all physical until the very last few weeks. Even then, it was not dementia or Alzheimer's, just what might be called a loss of interest in the doings of life.

Blessings

For anybody who is curious, there is a way to buy a different kind of hybrid Fuji Instax. It's a Fuji Instax Wide back attached to a Polaroid 110 body.

http://www.instantoptions.com/shop/instax/

Ok, lets see, a $90 dollar Instax camera and kilo buck view camera lens and don't forget the $700 helical so it can be focused. Good grief, is this fellow made of money? I was thinking of hacking up a similar combo but was intending to use a 105mm f4.5 3 element Kodak lens from a Tourist II 6X9 folder. No need for a helical, it has front element focusing to 3.5 feet. Should be plenty of resolution for the not enlarged instant print.

Sorry to hear about your mother - I've been where you're at. I strongly advise you to sit down with your mother as soon as possible with every question you can come up with about your family's history. Ask her for her memories as they will soon be lost. Bring family photos and ask for the stories behind them. Get as much info as you can. How I wish I'd done this before my parents departed.

Alzheimer's took my parents' minds and lives, and I think it will come for mine one day, as well.

I sat with my mother three evenings a week for 3 years giving the same, and sometimes, nonsense answers to repeated questions. When she stopped noticing the nonsense questions, I knew things had gotten worse.

Despite the frustrations caused by the thickening mental fog, she seemed somewhat content most of the time. Despite that, it is still is not a way I would choose to go.

Mike, what was the nutrition book?

That viewfinder isn't going to do Oren much good with the camera strap in the way.

Both my parents and my mother-in-law suffered from forms of dimentia. I feel for you Mike.

Welcome back! Sorry vacation wasn't so restful.

Interesting how many people who take care of the elderly in the United States are from Ghana. I suppose that is partly a reflection of Ghana's English-speaking heritage, but I also think it reflects the deep sense of family and community and sharing that seems to be built into the country's culture. My father's live-in caregiver during the last years of his life was Ghanaian. She eventually began refusing to take the ‟required” vacations provided by the agency that employed her because the old man had difficulty adjusting to the replacements they sent. My siblings and I are still in contact with her; we consider her a member of the family.

CompuServe Photo Forum! Boy, does that bring back memories. Dates me, too. And I still have some useful threads from the Forum, that I've saved on my hard drive. And get this: I was a subscriber to your 37th frame at about that time.

Paul

Mike,

Sad to hear about your mom. All the best to you as you weather this transition.

Dementia is a sad fact of aging for some, however not for others. Your mother's physical body will deteriorate after her passing, her memory shall not. That noted as has been suggested above,
speak with your mother frequen and enquire of her the history of your family 'cause once she is gone, she will no longer be a resource.

In my own case my father died suddenly of a brain tumour at age 62, Mum died of the effects of dementia at age 94. So figure I am somewhere in between. Hence am labelling and distributing all of my slide images now, while I am still mentally and yes physically able. Afterwards, so be it what ever.

You may wish to read my comments to your locum's posting(s); he did a wonderful job whilst you were on vacation.

When someone says nutrition I almost think astrology. Nutritional science is about as scientific as economics :)

I read the Chinese study (almost entirely) by Campbell and while there are some decent ideas, I can't help but realize that not everything works the same for everyone. There is most certainly not a one single best answer/diet.

[That is certainly true, but there are certainly some identifiable bad diets. The standard American diet (SAD) is by now known to be a factor, to varying degrees, to the five "diseases of affluence": heart disease, cancer, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. Another claim I read recently is probably also true: many Americans, especially poorer ones, eat a worse diet than the SAD! Maybe they should call that the SSAD, for sub-standard American diet. [g] --Mike]

So sorry to hear about your mum. It is a cruel disease. All the best to you and to her.

Still have a copy of The 37th Frame around here somewhere...

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