I will reveal the character I have had over the years. Heck, it may still “bother” me at times, even though I am well aware of how I have lived with this nagging problem for most of my life. I have a short example to solve this problem.
Modern gadgets; more specifically the cell phone, and more specifically, the built-in camera for cell phones, tends to keep me away from the latest technology. My dilemma of being too luxurious is as much too complex for my taste!
I have told you, readers in Kota Kita and its surroundings, several times when I got inspiration to write, sometimes I then followed up on the “bolt of ideas” by typing the Saturday installments. I recently told you our oldest son, Allan, 44, of course unconscious, gave me some ideas for a topic that is now being written in 2021. Well, this year’s tribute goes to our “cherished” daughter (and one only) and oldest child, Michelle, 46. We were having one of our frequent phone conversations, when I told her a shortened version (ie, Reader’s Digest / Cliff Notes) about me getting a new iPhone a few summers ago. Now I’m going to recreate the same event with you, my friends.
My bride, Lady Deborah, and I, took an extended, guided road trip, avoiding beautiful Switzerland, a few summers ago, traveling with the seller, Insight Gold. We had used it several years before, when we had avoided Iceland, and had enjoyed the trip. So, our Switzerland trip starts / ends in beautiful Zurich, and our traveling guests come from several international countries. The majority, however, were American, and since the group was only about 35 travelers, my wife and I became friends with most of our fellow adventure seekers in just a few days. One American colleague we met, early on, was Buddy. Over the years, Buddy and his wife, once lived in New York City, and he owes a successful camera shop, which is located in downtown Manhattan. He told us that his shop sells all kinds of photographic equipment, including a wide variety of cameras. Many of his clients are repeaters, and they buy expensive equipment from his shop. Buddy is very welcoming and extremely knowledgeable about all phases of photography, traits that are absolutely necessary for his successful NYC business. He had sold his business, and they retired to Southern California to be with their children. They just love their new home, the West Coast weather and the laid-back lifestyle.
Since Switzerland is possibly the most beautiful country my wife and I have ever been to, it is truly a photographer’s dream. While we were there, I could have closed my eyes, rolled my body, opened my eyes and then took amazing pictures that were different from the breathtaking scenery. Now you may understand how nice it is to me to have Buddy, the cameraman, as one of our traveling companions for those special Swiss vacation days!
Now, for the gist of this week’s post.
Since I have been passionate about photography all my life, a few days on this particular trip, I noticed Buddy just taking photos with his cellphone camera. Remember, for reference, this is a former Big Apple camera dealer who’s been in the photography business forever! So, as someone who is always asking questions, I wonder why there was no camera brought along? I thought he would pack a camera with a big lens, so he could capture a picture of a fly from a mile away? Buddy gave me the simplest possible answer. “I don’t need it.” “These modern phones produce excellent images,” he said. To prove his point, several times every day, he shows or I ask to see, many shots of his cell phone. With every look, I can hardly believe how beautiful the pictures are!
Plus, the ease of carrying the small and relatively light device, the situation caused me to talk endlessly with my bride about Mr. Buddy’s magnificent cell phone picture!
Being my sweet bride for over 40 years, she helped calm me down after we returned to Our City from beautiful Switzerland. She pulled the magic rabbit out of her witch hat, and literally surprised me with an unexpected gift.
New phone, with its amazing camera, just in case you’re still wondering what I received?
Thank you, Michelle, for, unexpectedly, reminding me to relive the memory of my inner eye of this most special moment.
Robert Breedlove is a graduate of Oklahoma State University news editorial journalism. He lives and has lived in Stillwater, most of his life. He has been a contributing writer for various media outlets, including Stillwater News Press, over the years. Comments are welcomed at [email protected].