At least for those of you who have a job. Wait a minute, I have a job too! My current job is to find my next job, one that pays a salary.
Yesterday I received an email from Showcase Photo & Video stating that at the end of February they will be closing their doors. They have been in business for more than forty years. Chalk up another casualty to online shopping…
Of course it would help if retail stores had products either in stock, or at reasonable prices as well. I went to three stores — REI, Performance Bike, and Dick’s Sporting Goods — looking for a Bluetooth speed/cadence sensor so that I could start Zwifting, none of them had the ones I was looking to buy. REI came the closest, but they only had the Cateye version which doesn’t get the greatest of reviews. I suppose I could have driven to all of the bike shops around town, but they were too inconvenient for me yesterday.
The other item I tried to buy at Dick’s, as well as Target, was a hard-foam roller (bolster) on which I could do exercise and muscle stimulation. Both stores had differing models, each at a price that was insane to me — $30+ for a glorified swimming pool noodle.
In the end I drove another dagger into the hearts of brick and mortar retail by ordering both from Amazon. I bought a relatively-well-reviewed cadence/speed sensor (this one: Topeak PanoBike Bluetooth Smart Cadence and Speed Sensor), as well as an AmazonBasics foam fitness bolster (this one: AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller – 36-Inches). The only downside to my decision is that I have to wait a week for each to arrive.
As for Showcase, I will hate to see them go, not that I’ve purchased any camera equipment in the past four years. Showcase does have a place in my heart however because it’s where I took classes when I first purchased my DSLR, a looooong time ago.
DANGEN! I Waited Too Long?!?!
Last night I tried to book a hotel in DÃ¼sseldorf. Yes, I am returning to Germany this year and wanted to stay in the same hotel in which I stayed last year. My plan, which I want to have in place prior to finding a job, is to spend a few nights in DÃ¼sseldorf, for the start of the 2017 Tour de France!!! and then make my way to Vienna (the one in Austria, not Georgia) for Eurohash 2017. Conveniently (for me) the TdF starts the week before Eurohash!
Had I booked the hotel room two months ago as I thought of doing, instead of waiting until January I’d have my hotel secured — at a decent rate as well. But no. I waited until this week and waited too long as the hotel no longer has rooms for the nights leading into the TdF. Now it’s time for Plan B. Do I stay in a more-expensive DÃ¼sseldorf hotel, or do I attempt to stay in a town that is a shortish train ride away? Decisions. Decisions.
[UPDATE: As I started researching hotels after writing this, I found one. And then, I booked air travel as well! Yes, I just committed to a (fairly) expensive two-week vacation when I currently have no job, but oh well, what the hell. Hmm, looks like I will be having a long day on the train to return to Frankfurt from Vienna. Oops. Good thing I added a padding day at the end of the trip. 😉 Now all I have to do is ensure that I get healthy enough to take the journey. I am so worried about our, or just perhaps my, future that I purchased the sucker’s bet â€“ travel insurance.]
I Apparently Have A New Addiction
Being holed up at home has caused me to find new addictions. Well, I shouldn’t blame my laziness on my gimpy eye, but I have started watching Parks and Recreation. I know, I know, I am late to this party which ran for seven seasons and ended production in 2015. But I’m on bored now and using that Netflix subscription I resolved to cancel this month. How’s that for justifying an expense that I should be removing? Huh, I wonder if Parks and Recreation is on Amazon Prime Video too.
Anyway, over the past few days I’ve completed Season 1 and am halfway through Season 2. The show’s similarity to The Office cannot be overlooked, and certainly wasn’t if you do as I did and Google “Parks and Recreation versus The Office.”. Regardless, I am enjoying living in the past, and realizing just how much I adore Rashida Jones in the process.
Keep An Eye To The Sky, Or At Least Weather Radar
I am not sure what is going to happen with the weather this weekend. No matter what occurs, stay safe, have fun, and I will see you ’round these parts on Monday.