I experienced a shameful bit of camera lust over the past week. I knew that I wanted to pick up a new camera eventually, but I thought I could keep the desire for one under control for a bit longer. A word to the wise for those who are easily seduced by things. If you go to Amazon or any other e-tailer just to look, maybe to see how much a new Makita Cordless drill might run you (Model FD02W, $99 - sweet price, by the way), or an automatic burr grinder (Mr. Coffee BVMC, $29), delete the cookies for the site afterwards. Because, take it from me, if you don't - those items that you are curious about or enamored with will follow you around the web like an angry, obsessed ex.
They will show up as header advertisements pretending like it was just a coincidence that you'd both be at the same site at the same time. "Oh, you're here! I'm just trying to raise a little cash so I can pay my rent since you left me in a lurch, you bastard!" It will be like that. I know because there was a time that I really believed that it was a coincidence. I really thought it was strange that all of these garden tiller advertisements would show up on just about every site that I would visit so shortly after innocently checking out prices and models. They were everywhere. Then I cleared the cookies and voilà. It was as if the tillers found a new girlfriend to pester.
I'm not saying this is how I got entangled with the desire for a new camera. It may have contributed. It was a constant reminder that there was something missing in my life. Admittedly, I did go to Amazon to check out different models of cameras because I thought I wanted to step up to a DSLR. I read reviews, I checked and compared prices, I looked at images. Hell, I even rediscovered Flickr. Instead of the desire diminishing over the course of a few weeks, the desire for a new camera grew. I didn't need to be stalked by camera ads because I was the stalker. I couldn't not read reviews. It got to the point where I'd put the camera that I wanted into the "shopping cart", go to checkout and then remove the item at the last minute. I did this more than once. I have to say, Amazon was very patient. It was nothing like the time I put all of the chocolate in my cart at the Valrhona website and then just walked away without following through. I received an email the next day saying, "What the hell, dude? Do you have commitment issues or what?" and in my head I said, "Yes. Yes I do. Thanks for reminding me."
Eventually I did consumate my purchase with Amazon. The stork is due for a fly by on Wednesday. I can hardly wait. I'm expecting a Canon G15. It's not a DSLR but I think it will be better for me. It's a high end point and shoot that has a lot of manual controls. The macro is amazing from what I've read and it can record hi-def video. I'll be taking it to the Sunshine Community Plant Sale on March 2nd and I'll see if I can get Michael to go for some outing with me in the spring and summer. Pictures coming soon!