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Clouds in My Diet Coke

Clouds early in the flight

Clouds early in the flight

Now that I’ve written about our return flight in yesterday’s post, I can go back in time and reminisce about last Thursday’s trip to Kansas City, Missouri.

The clouds temporarily part.

The clouds temporarily part.

As you may recall, it was with some trepidation that I flew from Houston to KC. I had a nasty, hacking, dry cough due to a lung infection, and I was concerned for everyone’s hearing on the two-hour flight. While awaiting departure, I was never so happy to see several toddlers boarding the plane! I was hoping that their noise would distract from mine.

The sky looks so pretty up there!

The sky looks so pretty up there!

But then the pilot announced that we would be skirting a band of thunderstorms on my side of the plane. Normally, hearing the word “skirt” used as a verb would 1) pique my linguistic interest and 2) absolutely terrify me. Flying scares me enough as it is.

It looked like we were at the top of a globe!

It looked like we were at the top of a globe!

However, I just happen to be a huge cloud fan! Usually when I’m on a plane, I keep my point and shoot camera handy just in case there’s a good photo op. But knowing there probably would be some great clouds to take photos of, I grabbed my Nikon D300 with its Nikon 24-120mm lens and got ready to document the show.

Sidebar: In last Thursday’s post, I wrote that I was going to take my Nikon 17-55mm lens, along with the 105 and 50. But I lied. I adore the 17-55, but, gosh darn it, it can be so heavy! I decided to lighten my load, so I chose the 24-120. If you read any Nikon lens discussion forums, you’ll see that photographers either love or hate the 24-120; there’s no gray area. I’ve shot literally thousands of pix with it using my Nikon D70 and D200. It was my go-to lens on those cameras, but then I got lens snobby and decided nothing slower than an f/2.8 lens would do. Hence the 17-55, which I missed having in KC. I did, though, enjoy using the 24-120.

There were so many different kinds of clouds to take photos of.

Looks like a cloud field!

I had a wonderful time snapping away during the flight. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t annoy a few of my fellow passengers, because the D300 has a very loud shutter. I apologize for it early and often when I shoot at certain indoor functions. It’s a wake-the-dead kind of loud.

I almost expected the flight attendant to get on the PA and say, “Will the lady in seat 10A please stop taking cloud photos! We prefer that infernal coughing to that nonstop clicking!!”

No clouds here

No clouds here

A short respite from the outdoor action: I had seen this guy carrying the Janet Evanovich novel in the airport and wondered if he was holding it for his wife. After all, I think the Stephanie Plum series appeals so much more to women than men. But here he is not only reading the book, but proud of it! If it had been the Mister, he would have taken the cover off the book!!

The clouds are gone.

The clouds are gone.

Before long we exited the clouds and looked down at Kansas City. I’m originally from the midwest, and I had forgotten how clean and green it looks.

Ready to touch down!

Ready to touch down!

It’s easy being green in Kansas City!

Never-Ending Illness and Text Disabled

Mind if I join you?

Mind if I join you?

Once again, I’m looking out for your best interests! Instead of continuing to merely milk my never-ending lung infection by using my Sick Day sign, I have a new photo that neatly fits in my It Doesn’t Take Much to Amuse Me category. I snapped it yesterday with my iPhone at our local Half-Price Books store. I think “Old & Interesting” is a good description of me! Can I wedge in there between a couple of books?

Blackberry Curve

Blackberry Curve

See this smartphone? It’s the Blackberry Curve, the same phone I urged the Mister to buy.

Sidebar: Because the Mister’s cellphone plan at work is Sprint, he couldn’t get an iPhone. And, really, is the man cool enough to own the same smartphone as me? Think about it.

So, of course, he bought the Curve. I wanted him to be able to check his e-mail away from his office and, most important, to be able to text. To say the man is text-disabled is like calling Yao Ming tall. He visibly starts sweating and quaking as he eyes the phone’s keys, reluctant to even start typing. He even has others text for him, especially the #2 son. So I figured the Curve’s keyboard would be easier for him than that of his old flip phone.

Yeah, right. Why didn’t I just ask the man to learn Italian in a week? That might be easier for him!

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the Mister and the #2 son are in Kansas City, Missouri, for the Disc Golf World Championships.

Sidebar: After two rounds, #2 is tied for tenth out of 25 players in the age 16 and under division.

The Mister was supposed to let me know how #2 was doing during both rounds yesterday. I know that there’s not supposed to be a lot of noise on the course while play is going on. Disc golfers can be like regular ball golfers in being sensitive to cell phones ringing when they’re about to putt. But how noisy is it to text if your phone is on vibrate? Or even if it isn’t?

Do you want to know how many times the Mister texted me during 36 holes of disc golf, knowing I was anxiously awaiting any morsel of news? Any crumb of information?

Do you really have to ask? A big, fat zero.

Yeah, we had a little talk about that last night over the phone. I told him at the very least all he has to do is type “b” for birdie, “p” for par, and “bo” for bogey. How hard is that for someone who has fingers and/or thumbs that work? He agreed to do that.

And you know what? He just texted me and used more than one letter! He even typed several words at once!!

Sigh! I’m so proud of him.