The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem

Hi, my name is Nathan, and I am obsessed with expensive electronic devices. The little beauty on my left here is the Panasonic DMC-G2, a micro 4/3 camera. Micro 4/3 is a new camera/lens format the big manufacturers have come up with. They’re closer in size to a compact camera, yet still offer the interchangeable lens system and quality of a DSLR. The G2 also shoots high-def video and has a stereo microphone input. In other words, it can replace both our large Canon Rebel, and our bulky, tape powered video camera.

Oh, I’m sorry. I seem to be drooling. Pardon me. It’s possible I already ordered one of these and it will be showing up before our trip. I can’t quite recall.

Now this. I was an early adopter of smart phones, and have dropped and broken everything from the original Palm phones all the way up to the first google phone, the G1. I’ve been suffering mightily with a dumb phone since my G1 shuffled off this mortal coil, but all of that is about to end. This is a Google Nexus One, featuring a 3.7″ screen, a 1Ghz processor, and a 5MP camera among other specifications that fill my heart with lust.

The best thing is that it’s fully compatible with Taiwan’s mobile network, and you can apparently buy SIM cards at the airport. Throw in the fact that google maps works in Taiwan, and I think you’ll agree I had to buy this phone. There was no choice.

Diana and I have always liked the alliteration in the title of this blog, but it was never really accurate. When we went to pick up Ava, lo these many years ago, we traveled to Guangzhou, not Beijing. I consoled myself with the fact the Beijing is China’s capitol, so it sorta makes sense.

Now, of course, we’ve moved to Lafayette and we’re traveling to Taiwan. “Thorton to Taipei”, maybe? No, that’s impossible. The Thorton Trojans were my high school’s archenemy. I tried to prevent Diana from student teaching at there, so I’m hardly going to sully my blog with that name. I guess we’re stuck with what we’ve got, accuracy be damned.


6 Responses to The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem

  1. Dan says:

    I like your critical thinking skills Nathan! You will never regret having these tools with you in Taiwan!

  2. Mark says:

    Ahhhh Nathan yes you are being the responsible one with these quite needed devices. And the ability to consolidate items to take with you to Taipei.happy for you guys and we will be following along with ya.

  3. Courtney says:

    “All the better to see you with my dear.”

  4. Lis says:

    Babblefish couldn’t seem to translate this piece …

    and i have to ask – out of personal experience – who takes the most pictures in the family and is that person comfortable with all these changes?

  5. nathan says:

    I don’t understand… What’s that babblefish link? 😉

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