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How to repair a camera lens

WARNING: the following may contain painful images for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

YOUTUBE made it look so easy, you un-screw this, detach that, and voila! You have repaired a broken camera lens. My 200 mm Sigma lens stopped working, no auto-focus or manual focus, I had to see if I could repair it myself, after all I am kind of handy at ­­these things.

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Damn!

After some time I found myself deep in a labyrinth of screws, O-rings, connectors, corridors of despair, deceit, and LIES!!!

Arms stretched out to the sky, “Damn you YOUTUBE!” Suddenly, a horrible realization that no man wants to admit, ever, “I can’t fix this!” There were so many pieces and parts, carnage was everywhere.

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Downtrodden and disappointed, the camera parts placed back in a box and set on top of the bookshelf like an urn with ashes, a staunch reminder to seek out professional help when you need to.

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However, not all is lost, if I sell a kidney I can buy that shiny new Sigma 500 mm lens, oh for joy! Word of advice; Don’t believe everything you see on YOUTUBE…

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Smoking Pot on the trail

We are traveling around Arizona and Utah this week, first stop Sedona Arizona.

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A local told us of a great hike that tourist rarely get to and that I could get a good shot from behind Cathedral Rock. Once there I sit in the shade and take this shot.

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This is the spot to “Zin-out” because next to me is a bag of pot and a pipe, I look around and no one is in sight, no one … “Hmmm”, I take a picture of it, pick it up, smell it. “Hmmm”, I look around again, not a soul except my partner Ms. E. Well… I put it back ;) where I found it, maybe the next hiker will enjoy it…Pot on trail

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Next Glen Canyon Utah

Baltimore MD, USA

Despite recent unrest and riots, Baltimore is a beautiful city. The following are a few of the people and places we visited this past week. Bring a bicycle.

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A “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” museum and “Hard Rock” screams tourist trap and the Inner Harbor is no exception. Worth a short look but venture out a little further to get a better feel of what this city is about.

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The Washington Monument on Charles St. could once be seen from the harbor but is now shadowed by hi-rise buildings.balitmore2015

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We were within walking distance of Gertrude’s located in the Baltimore Museum of Art. Chef John Shields makes it all worth while and so does our beautiful waitress…

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We pass by this beautiful church…

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Up on top of Federal Hill park the Mom’s flock around with their babies… Great view of the harbor from here.
balitmore2015-46Fells Point is an old port restored to it’s former glory…

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We stop here for lunch with this fellow…

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North of the harbor on Charles Street is Tapas Teatro… Outside dinning…

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Across the street …

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Fort McHenry (Wiki)

Fort McHenry: Each morning the 15 star flag is raised with the help of who ever is around. This
flag flew during the War of 1812. This war between the US States and Britain settle a few minor differences that were not settled during the Revolutionary War.

 

 

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Inner Harbor

  1. Hard Rock, Aquarium, Parking
  2. Fells Point
  3. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
  4. Federal Hill
  5. Fort McHenry

Balitmore HarborNext Washington DC by Bicycle…

Saigon, they hate us here…

It is the early 1970’s, a young Richard sits on the living room floor watching a live broadcast on TV, it’s the American Draft Board pulling birth dates which will determine who goes to war, his mother sobs quietly behind on the couch. All birthdays assigned to a number 200 or less have to go to war, Richard’s birth date is assigned to the number 195. Richard has one week to report to the recruitment center, eight weeks later he is fighting and killing communists in Vietnam.

Fast-forward forty-five years later and I am traveling with that same Richard back to Vietnam on business, this is my first trip to Saigon and this is Richard’s second trip to what is now known as Ho Chi Minh City.

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We duck into a small bar, Richard still remembers some of his Vietnamese and orders us a beer. The Waitress asks where are we from. Richard holds up his hand to me and replies, “We are from Canada.” I didn’t say anything at first and just waited. The beers will do the talking.

“They hate us here.” Richard finally said. “They hate all Americans.”

After a few more beers we walk outside, Richard points out some of the sites and places he remembers when this city use to be called Saigon. Richard told me how he use to count his verified kills, he stopped after 22, said it was a stupid insane way of trying to maintain his sanity.

“That park over there.” Richard points. “Spent my last days protecting helicopters as they came flying in like dragonflies air lifting American solders to safety, we left thousands of women and children behind.” Richard pauses for a second. “I’m embarrassed and ashamed to tell these people I’m an American.”

I had to think about that for a while.

The Vietnamese called it the American War, the US called it the Vietnam War and in 1975 the US abandoned the South Vietnamese to end the US involvement in the war that lasted nearly 10 years. North Vietnam troops quickly over took the south and killed and tortured millions.

Today Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City is a beautiful place, the people are friendly and a visit here is well worth the effort.

For the next several days and on several occasions people did ask where I was from, I didn’t experience any resentment when I told them I was from the US but at times I continued to keep up the pretense that I was from Canada. Most people just smiled and nodded and nothing more.

Am I ashamed or embarrassed of being an American? I have to think about that for a while…

Ho Chi Minh City is a modern city and although a Communist country it has poised itself ready and able for the 21st century.

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But i like the old, the local and the gritty….

The Food

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Mango salad

Vietnamese Crepes Quảng Hoa (Bánh Xèo Quảng Hòa)

Vietnamese Crepes Quảng Hoa (Bánh Xèo Quảng Hòa)

Fresh spring rolls stacked high

Fresh spring rolls stacked high

Pho soup

Pho soup

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Curbside meal

Curbside meal

Curbside meal

Curbside meal

Market stuff

Market stuff

The Place

One of the oldest hotels, the Grand Hotel

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City Hall

Opera House

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Post Office

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Notre Dame Cathedral at night

The People I meet

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Motor Bike vendors

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Young girl peddling key-chains
Young girl peddling key-chains, of course i bought one.

Prayer time at the Cathedral

Late night prayer at the Cathedral

Young woman waiting for a taxi.

Young woman waiting for a taxi.

Next a Vietnam wedding…

Nobody is a just a somebody…

The young lady asked why I wanted to take her picture “I’m just the cleaning lady.” She said.

I took the shot and turned the camera around for her to see. “See how beautiful you are. Nobody is just a somebody.” Not sure she understood what I meant by that phrase but she did blush and smile.

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I am in the KL Convention Center (KLCC) Park waiting for my partner Ms. E. to get her hair done in the shopping mall under the Petronas Towers. “Two hours?” I asked. “It takes two hours to get your hair done?” I wanted to explain that I can get my haircut done in 15 minutes, wash, cut, quaffed, but instead and avoiding an argument I took off around the park and took a few pictures.

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At the convention center there is always something going on. Today, an autoshow, all the major brands were on display, BMW, Citron, Proton, Lotus…

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Kata Beach Thailand

Our dear friends Mickey and Amy came all the way from North Carolina (USA) to visit in WatChalong-29Malaysia, that is them over there –>. Last week we were in Singapore, this week, Kata Beach Thailand located on the island of Phuket, pronounced “Poo-Ket” not “Fuc-it” as Mickey phonetically pronounced it.

My friends have already been to Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, some Secret Service work in China and by the time of this post they are well on their way to Vietnam…

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Now where is our room…

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Wat Chalong is the largest Buddhist temple on the island, Buddha’s are everywhere…

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Amy getting blessed by a monk…

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“If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.”
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Next we have Stingray on the menu…

Doctors smoke more Camels than any other cigarette.

I would not do this after dark but walking the back streets of Kuala Lumpur during the day is quite enjoyable, a little urban exploring, get some pictures, see how the locals live and always see sights not on any tour map, for example, this morning we are on our way to an old bookstore.

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Here we are. The book store is literally packed to the front door, floor to ceiling.

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I was impressed with the extent of the books in this little store. My big find was this 1947 Popular Science magazine.

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The back cover advertisement tells it all. The US had just come out of a World War, the Baby Boom was just beginning, the prosperity of the 1950’s was just around the corner, and people now had expendable income. R.J. Reynolds capitalized on many aspects of what was happening in the US at the time, women smoking, doctors where the experts, and celebrities pushed every product imaginable.

I wanted to find out what happen to Jerry Ambler so I Googled him. He died of an auto accident in 1957, not cancer like many of these celebrities did.

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