Is the title to my own book, it's a short read (10 pages including the preface, contents page and index page). 2015 has been a truly crap year for me to date. I'm sat here trying to figure when exactly I kicked a black cat, whilst wandering under a ladder and crashing into a shop full of mirrors....seriously just drop an anvil from the sky onto me and get it over with.
Firstly the arm, I'm pencilled in for the 24th to have the arm operated on. The Radial head has to be shaved which was nicely demonstrated by the consultant which was like the moment someone runs the fingernails down a blackboard and had me squirming in my seat, after that it has to be pinned. The net result 6 to 8 weeks of no physical exercise. Taking a slight detour off topic moment, if the NHS needs to save money here's my two tips 1:stop sending automated texts asking what I thought of the service. At roughly £1.50 a text to the NHS (they don't charge you) I've had eleven so far (each physio appointment and hospital appointment) that's £16.50 just for me, SO FAR. You add up the number of visitors to just one hospital on one day and I dread to think how much it'll will add up to during the course of the year. What's wrong with pen and paper given to me at the appointment to fill in a form, surely a free post 2nd class envelope has to be cheaper/cost efficient option. Then there's the automated text/phone call "appointment reminder" and probably more expensive the fully automated phone call that reminds you have an appointment, very efficient is the call, the setting up of the very clever but annoying call (it's the voice, sounds like a dying Terminator) must've cost a fortune. My call for example, asked me to confirm my details (date of birth etc) before telling me my appointment date/time/department, which doctor I'll be seeing and how to get/find particular department at the hospital before asking me to confirm I'll be turning up, very, very clever but with all very clever things it normally has a very clever price tag attached. Is it really needed? No at some point we the customers of the NHS have to take some responsibility. Most of us have mobile phones with calenders/reminders some phones will even remind you with an annoying voice. For those that don't and haven't got the "know how" to receive emails, they must be able to use those paper things with picturesque images, what are they called again....oh yeah calendars , just my opinion.
My firm has decided to recuperate my health care(on my firms my medical/health plan) costs and their costs by taking the driver to court for compensation which for me at the moment is very tempting for me to do like wise, as my second bit of bad luck slapped me in the face like a wet kipper, my 1d mark2 has died....
So, I have one completely dead 1d mark 2, a 1d mark3 that needs a new mirror box and service which will cost £800. Second hand 1d mark3's are retailing for £800-£1000 so it really would be the better option to go second hand. A 1d mark2 is about £400. But not an option to be honest the 1d mark2 was showing its age compared to newer toys, less megapixels though that's all bollocks and is really only an issue for "braggers" I personally hated the colour rendering of the mark2 compared to the mark3. Browns on a Kestrel for example always appeared washed out/faded to me and even a simple blue tone was lifeless tone compared to dark rich tone of the mk3 and the file size was to small too. Not to mention the ISO ratings ISO 800 was the use able upper range of the mark2 compared to ISO 2000 on the mark3 (yeah it would go to 3000+ but wasn't useable). Either way a new/used camera body isn't an option at the moment, so expect no new images from me for the foreseable future.....Tommorow I shall attempt to try and cross a road, wish me luck....actually don't lol