The day after the break-in, the Chef sent me a photo of a giant pile of gold coins.
“What’s your guess?” he asked. He was using his day off to open up the two money tins that were thankfully not stolen during the break-in and he had a plan: he was going to use the tin money to buy himself a fancy new desk chair to replace his broken one and I was to receive the rest. Initially, I was instructed to buy a new bag and wallet, to replace the ones that were stolen, but this plan met with little to no success. Although my favourite bag had been stolen, I still had others that I could start using again. And, quite frankly, I can’t find any wallets that are as nice as the one that was stolen. I can’t even buy it online.
Since the Chef had told me only to buy something if I absolutely loved it, I bought nothing.
Later that evening, as I was catching up on blog posts, I happened to read two posts by different bloggers who were testing out the Samsung Galaxy Camera. A little lightbulb went off somewhere above my head. A wifi/3G camera attached to a mini-tablet? The ability to upload better-quality photos to instagram right from my camera? It might not be a bag and wallet, but I absolutely loved it. And when you’re only two days out from waking up to find someone in your house stealing your stuff, you find yourself rather keen on the idea of compensating yourself for that experience.
So we went to JB and bought one at a discounted price, thanks to a fortuitous sale on cameras.
I’ve played with it a little and I have to keep reminding myself that it has a zoom; a twenty-one times optical zoom, in fact. I’m too accustomed to the fixed-focus lens on my DLSR, so I kept annoying the cats by shoving the camera in their faces. On the other hand, when I remembered to use the zoom, they became fascinated by the noise and shoved their out-of-focus faces into the lens.
One of the best things about the little camera is that you can set it on various manual modes. Mine’s currently on aperture priority, but I could go onto full manual if I wanted.
Once the camera is connected to our home network, I will have some fun testing its internet connectivity options, although the idea of reading my email on a camera just seems absurd in the best possible sense.
As for the Chef, he seems to be happy with his new, fancy desk chair, which just happens to be a “Galaxy”, too. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t take photos, though.