Thursday, August 02, 2018

2018 Wisconsin State Fair - August 2, 2018

All Images Were Taken With A Nikon D3400 and Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens
All images were custom white balanced with a Balanced Exposure CWB Reflector
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Commentary below the images

This was my second time at a Wisconsin State Fair.  I went back in 2016 and decided I'd go again this year.  This year, I went on opening day and got there around 9:15 AM.  I got in for only $2 because I brought two cans of peaches to donate for Hunger Task Force (a promo for opening day).  Parking was $12 and I parked in approximately the same spot I did two years ago in the handicapped parking spaces at Gate 3.  To get around the fair, I used my mobility scooter, like I did 2 years ago.

The Fair was very similar to the one I attended two years ago, but I was expecting that.  I wanted to go this year to take photos using the entry-level Nikon D3400 with the basic kit lens to see how well it would do shooting an event.  I'm impressed!  The images are very comparable to images taken with a much more expensive camera.  Plus, the kit lens really did a great job too!  The images were taken in aperture priority mode with Auto ISO and the lens at f8.0

Obviously there was plenty of light being an outdoor event, so the camera had no issues taking the photos.  At times, exposure compensation was needed to get the proper exposure due to backlit situations.  All images were processed with Adobe Lightroom, but even so, they were processed minimally.

There were rides (I did not go on any) and of course animals and competitions.  I really wanted to sit in on one of the animal competitions to watch the judging, but my nose told me no.  Still, I went through the various buildings housing the animals and took photos of them there.

Ouf course, there were LOTS of food vendors and I took a bunch of photos of the various booths, but I'm only showing a handful here.  The fair's famous Original Cream Puffs was the only thing I purchased.  You've got to get a Cream Puff if you attend the fair!  $4.00 for one, but it was less if you ordered 3 or more.  I only ordered one.  Being lactose intolerant (like many Asians), I couldn't take the chance with any more than one.  So far, I've had no adverse effects from eating it though!

I did not order any food there as I'm still on a diet and watching my calories, plus I just could not get myself to spend the amount of money needed for the food there.  Instead, I waited and went to Costco in Pleasant Prairie and got a bratwurst and a cheese pizza slice and a Diet Pepsi.  Much cheaper at $1.50 for the brat and $1.99 for the pizza slice.  I'm cheap... what can I say!  :)

If you have a chance to visit the Fair this year, go!  It's a fun time.  I was lucky in that the weather was very nice.  Upper 70's and low 80's when the sun came out, it was much easier to be out there with my mobility scooter than last year.  Since I don't walk the fair, it was easy for me to scoot around quickly there.  I stayed just under 3 hours, but really, I saw it all.

Costco food for the day (images taken with an Apple iPhone 6s+):

Monday, July 30, 2018

14 Days of Healing

14 Days after my accident...

This scar is going to be here for a while  :(

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Six Days of Healing

This is 6 days of healing since my fall.  I have been applying Vitamin E oil on the cut and it seems to be helping a lot.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Falling Out Of Bed Again

I've fallen out of bed, yet again!
This time, it was bad. Many of you know I have fallen out of my bed many times over the years, but this time it was bad. I hit my cheek on the night table causing a big cut / gash in my cheek. My neck snapped back too of course, and my jaw also has been bruised and is swollen. It felt like someone hit me in the face with a 2x4! I actually saw "stars" even though I was asleep!  My left arm is all scraped up too from being dragged from the edge of the bed frame.
My wife put Neosporin on a bandage and put it on the cut. I kept an ice pack on my face for several hours. Still, the swelling is undeniable.
I'm going to move that night table away from the bed. At least the next time I fall out of the bed, perhaps I won't kill myself. I should probably look into something to keep me from falling out of the bed again.

Our queen-sized bed has rolled edges.  I think this is a contributing factor as to why I've fallen out of this bed five times now since buying it about two years ago.  Also, I've figured out that I usually fall out of bed due to the dreams I have.  I'm usually fighting off "bad guys" or protecting my family in the dreams.  Since I sleep on my side and very close to the edge of the bed to give my wife more space on the bed, one false move and I'm down on the ground!

I've fallen out of our old bed multiple times over the years too.  The first time falling out of my bed was on my honeymoon, 33 years ago!

Do you know the standard response to someone who asks what happened to your face?  "Yeah... but you should see the OTHER guy!"  :)

Update: I have ordered a bedrail.  Hopefully this will keep me from falling out of bed! 

(photos borrowed from the manufacturer)