And, it was not that I coveted a fancy-schmancy sports car like a Ferrari or a Lamborghini.
Nope, not at all.
What I did want though was a new digital camera with 12X zoom.
There … I said it out loud.
My friend and neighbor Marge and I have taken multiple excursions to Bishop Park in Wyandotte, or beautiful Elizabeth Park in Trenton, for the sole purpose of taking in the scenery and snapping countless photos while we were there.
When we returned home, after uploading the pictures to our respective computers, we exchanged our photos taken of the same scenery. Sadly, the subjects in my photos looked like specks, but Marge’s subjects were up close and personal.
Because inquiring minds want to know, I asked about her secret for her stunning photos.
“It’s my 12X zoom” she whispered in a hushed tone.
“Oh, I get it” I said.
So, I often used her pictures instead for my posts, and decided along the way that I had zoom envy.
Yesterday, I watched a video on the “Today Show” Facebook site how age 60 is the new 50. Well, that’s cool, especially since I’m headed in that direction. I figured with all the vim and vigor coming down the pipeline, surely this ol’ gal needed a treat for herself and her blog readers.
I had originally intended to be part of a walkathon late morning at Council Point Park. A few weeks ago the marquis at Memorial Park caught my eye when the word “walkathon” flashed on the digital display. I had to stand there patiently, while I waited for all the upcoming events and a picture of Mr. Sun proclaiming the current temperature and date and time, to find out the specifics.
But, there were no specifics, save for the date: April 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Council Point Park. Well, that message really piqued my interest since it was at my regular stomping grounds, so I thought I’d see what charity I could benefit and participate in a marathon, even if I could only finish part of it.
Last year I toyed with the idea of walking in a 5K marathon in Wyandotte but it was way too early in the season and I was not ready to walk 6+ miles in early May.
When I got online later, I started noodling around the City website, and their Facebook counterpart, in an effort to glean more info, but could find nothing. I felt like a reporter wanting to know the facts and details like “who, what, where, when, why and how?”
A few phone calls later, I spoke with our brand-new councilman in Lincoln Park who told about the fundraiser and he gave me a website to go to. Money is tight for the City of Lincoln Park and we have an emergency manager. A few years ago they cut the Memorial Day Parade, but reinstated it after residents complained. The fundraiser stems from a desire to build a permanent float for the parade. The walkathon distance was 1½ miles … one loop around the entire Park. They wanted participants to get 10 pledges at $5.00 apiece. I don’t like to solicit people, so that was that. I decided to just wait until later in the year and participate in a marathon for a charity and just make a donation on my own behalf.
So, instead I arrived at Council Point Park before the rest of the crowd got there. It was a beautiful morning, warm and sunny, and there was only one walker and a couple riding their bikes, so it was quiet and peaceful – just like I like it.
I hadn’t been there in a few days, and had a different coat on, thus, I hadn’t toted along treats for the squirrels. So, I found myself apologizing for my inconsiderate behavior, when a passel of peanut pals followed me for nearly a half-loop, despite no handouts. They were persistent and I kept stealing a glance behind me, hoping they’d give up, but no such luck. Note to self: don’t forget to take double peanuts tomorrow since that’s what you said you’d bring and they’ll be there waiting on you – waiting and remembering.
I got my 3 ½ miles in and arrived home to grab a quick swig of chocolate milk and be on my way to Best Buy.
I was a woman with a purpose and the purpose was maximum zoom. My sales girl heard me out, nodded sagely and said she understood completely about my zoom envy. I told her “I want my readers to see the whites of those squirrels’ eyes when I post a picture with my blog” and she totally recognized the importance of that statement. She then steered me in the right direction toward the big guns in the digital camera department.
So, ten minutes later I was a happy camper. I have 12X zoom, I can make a mini movie and I got it on sale. It’s all good. Now to sit and read the manual and absorb it. That will have to wait ‘til after Spring cleaning is done because otherwise I’ll just have a one-track mind in the meantime. So I’ll dangle that zoom-enhanced digital camera, like a carrot, before me ‘til I finish up my chores.
Stay tuned to see how I do on my self-imposed first assignment, which will occur after all the pesky April showers have given us the beautiful May flowers and the baby goslings and ducklings are running footloose and fancy free through the dandelions at Council Point Park.