I decided to visit friends in upstate New York in Ostego county which is near Coopers Town New York home of the baseball hall of fame and museum and all that good baseball stuff. But we don't go there much and we stay in our friends country home which is small farm house and a couple of barns. I will post some pictures later, my camera and my new asus eee don't seem to get along very well so I am working on my friends mac. I am trying out my new fuji finepix s700 which I  bought awhile ago but haven't used much and am trying to learn how to use it properly. I have gotten some shots I like and am feeling much more comfortable with it. We went out to view some fireworks and I got a couple of interesting shots out of that and out of an outdoor fire we had where we made smores. For those of you who don't know what that is, it is a marshmallow cooked over the flame of the fire, squished between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate with it. The hot marshmallow melts the chocolate and the crackers hold the whole thing together.

I am not really much of a country person, I like all the birds singing and the trees and the relative quiet from the city and everything is very pretty. I don't like the sulfur smelling water and all the bugs and flies that are all over the place inside and out. So roughing it is not my cup of tea. I think roughing it should be when you go down to a one or two star hotel. Not that I hang out at those places much either. But we missed our friends and they missed us so it was time to do some driving get out of the city and head into the wild upstate. Of course they also have such things as Walmart up here so there was a bit of shopping spree with much better prices and all that and I was able to find a nice sago palm for my desk at work. As I sit inside a converted storeroom with harsh fluorescent and lousy ventilation finding a nice plant was very important to me. I am on the lookout for a nice peace lily which is supposed to be very good for improving the air quality, and that is one of my goals. A nice plant to improve my emotional outlook inside the office and also one that helps my physical environment.

Writing about my cousin really helped clear my head and I am coming to some peace about my work situation so I think this trip was actually just what I needed, country life or not. And it was a good deed for me to agree and make this happen. It is hurting our vacation fund a bit more than I would have liked, especially with the gas pricing but hey you only live once.

ta ta for now