It's a lovely morning here in the Finger Lakes. A vast pearly cloudbank overhead with a band of blue sky showing in the West made for an otherworldly light as the sun was coming up behind the ridge. A dusting of blown snow made patterns on the road.
Being a SSG (sadly single guy), I've hired a Mennonite housekeeper to come in twice a month to help with the chores. She's eighteen years old and very pretty and, moreover, happy (why are all Mennonites so well-adjusted? Do they know something we don't?), and she works for peanuts by city standards—it's very affordable. She keeps right at it, works straight through, never takes a break, so I never have to worry whether she's slacking off. And she's better than I am at every aspect of housekeeping, so it's not like trying to oversee how she's doing anything would help. I just leave her be, and she does her thing.
Then after she departs I spend about a day discovering everything she did and being happy about it. It's like a series of little gifts. Not only is all the laundry done, but everything is folded—even my socks! The dust bunnies under the bed have vanished. Then I notice that a few things are a little out of place in the refrigerator and...omigod, she cleaned out the entire thing! The putrifying kale in the special vegetable drawer my brother calls "The Rotter" is gone, the little pool of brown liquid it was sitting in vanquished. The interior of the fridge is spotless. All the floors have been mopped, the bed is crisply made, and she even washes the outsides of the windows. Amazing. I don't know how she gets it all done in four hours. TOP World HQ is burnished and gleaming, glowing with good order. O happy bachelor.
And then another nice surprise...as a thank-you for being an affiliate, B&H has sent me a Holiday gift certificate. Nice. Did you know you could give B&H Gift Certificates to the photographers you know? You can send it by email or snailmail for any amount, and include a message. Perfect for those of us who tend to be, uh, a little late with the Christmas shopping. Or, better yet, for someone close to you who might be. "You know, honey...." (Amazon has gift cards too, of course.)
Free next-day shipping for hundreds of items at B&H Photo ends soon, too.
So here's my dilemma: I have to spend the $250...can't stash it in the bank it like a good little Ed.
If you had to spend $250 at B&H Photo—forced to—what would you buy? You can of course add more cash to that if you want to...for example, it means I could buy a 27mm pancake for my Fuji for $149 ($399 minus $250) or a 128 GB iPad for $169 ($419 minus $250). But if it makes me spend too much more, then at some point it enters into the realm of a net loss, so I don't want to be thinking, "Oh, great, now I can buy a Fuji GFX 50S for only $6,249.95!"
And I know what the first wise guy is going to say..."You could spend your $250 Gift Certificate to buy me a $250 Gift Certificate!" But of course I can't do that for everybody. Wish I could, wish I could.
And by the way, as I always do, TOP will be on hiatus for several days over Christmas, starting Saturday.
The Day is only days away,
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Dave Levingston: "I just had to deal with a similar dilemma. The charge card I use the most surprised me with a "points" bonus worth several hundred bucks. And their points can be used effortlessly on Amazon just like real money. So, going through your link of course, that Panasonic 42.5mm lens that I've been eyeing for a year or so is now on its way to my house."
Mike replies: Oooh, yummy. You didn't say which one, but I love both those lenses.
Ken Tanaka: "'It's a lovely morning here in the Finger Lakes. A vast pearly cloudbank overhead with a band of blue sky showing in the West made for an otherworldly light as the sun was coming up behind the ridge. A dusting of blown snow made patterns on the road.' Well I don't think you need any more camera gear. You seem quite able to depict rich landscape scenes with your fingers."
Mike replies: No...I don't need any more camera gear...but...but....
Aaron: "I bought that 27mm pancake a couple years ago when it was on sale, mostly on impulse. It's probably my most-used lens these days. It makes the X-T2 (and X-T1 before that) very comfortable to have around my neck. The camera, with lens, sits between my arm and hip very nicely. Bringing just a camera, no bag, is nice for short outings."