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February 22, 2011


these are awesome! and i totally can't wait to see Vivian Maier exhibit, 1st thing on my list for next chicago trip :)

Oh gosh, a lens in the river!? I'm so sorry. Are you OK? Is the lens OK or lost forever? No matter what happened, I hope you don't feel too down on yourself.

My sister dropped a camera in the Snake River when we were kids, and a stranger—a boy about her age—saw it and went in after it! That portion of the snake is about 48 degrees (fahrenheit) year-round, so... kinda chilly. He fished it out, too! Terribly sweet of him, and the memory always makes me smile. So maybe one day, even with all the mishaps, you'll look back on this fondly... maybe in an "aw shucks" kind of way. ;)

Mo! You need to tell me when you are planning to go Chicago!

Jessica, it totally got lost. No one was hurt. The camera was not hurt. Just the lens... There was no getting it. I love that story of yours though!

Claire I love the pictures--especially the Deli one as it brings memories of the toy camera exhibit we saw when we checked out the Maier exhibit.

Everyone, Claire is not the only guilty party in the camera lens incident. I had planned to review the camera controls and have everything ready for her when she arrived. It's still a newish enough very old camera that I don't know it's operations by heart. I did not have things ready. We tried to wing the operations and it just didn't work. But we're smart and enthusiastic. We tried.

Then the moment came. We both watched the lens become airborne and tumble into the Chicago River. Claire felt horrible. I felt badly for her as I knew she'd think she was totally at fault. I just felt like, "Wow, that was weird to watch." But hey, it was outside of our control. No humans were hurt in the drowning of the lens. That'w what's important. It was worth it to visit and see my young friend!

Love ya!

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