Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Seems this humblest of humble blogs is now in its third springtime. Which of course means a renewed onslaught of flower photos. Even more so this year, since I recently blew an uncomfortably large pile of cash on a shiny new camera. I feel rather guilty about spending that much money on something that's purely a hobby. I blame my Calvinist Midwestern ancestors for this. One simply does not spend money on oneself, ever, especially on something one merely wants and does not need, strictly speaking. It's ok to buy yourself a new tractor, but only the cheapest one possible, and then only if there aren't any beat-up used ones to be had, and then ideally you never buy another one. It's ok to want things, so long as you don't actually ever have them. That way you get to feel all smug about resisting temptation or something.
So this all sounds quite silly, but it's kind of a deep-seated issue with me, and the only thing that makes me feel any better about spending the money is going around taking photos at every opportunity, and trying to take the best ones I can. I mean, I suppose that's more or less what I'd be doing anyway right now even if I didn't have a new camera. I'm just saying I have an extra impetus this time.
Why, oh why, couldn't I have had groovy hippie parents instead?