Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

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Happy Birthday to Me

Lisa is passing through the Bay Area tonight, driving to San Diego. I will catch up with her on Friday, as I'm flying down to preserve time off days for the Japan trip next year. This evening over dinner, she said, "I always miss you for your birthday because we're always so busy."

My birthday is August 27, so normally I'm either at a Worldcon or one is just about to happen. "Yes?" I said.

"Would you mind if I gave you your birthday present now?" she asked somewhat shyly.

I said, "No, not at all. You don't have to give me presents, you know."

"But I wanted to!" she said. "I spent all day shopping for this."

And with that, she presented me with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 digital camera!

Lisa said that she wanted to buy me a camera, but did not want to buy one that was made in China. After much searching, she decided that this relative higher-end camera was one of the few still made outside of China, so I would have to just live with it.

Wow. I was taken totally by surprise. But now I have to somehow try and figure out how to use it before Westercon. Maybe I can read the instructions on the flight down on Friday morning. OTOH, that flight leaves Oakland at 6:40, so I'll have to be up at about 3 AM in order to get to the airport in time, so I may not be worth much.

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