First, you try to convince him that a new Pleasure-Way Class B+ Motorhome would be the ideal addition to the family.
The little beauty pictured above lives not far from us, and we pass it on our way to visit Doug's brother. As we drove by there on Memorial Day, I snapped the above picture. From that, I could see the brand name; so I went to their Web site and looked at all the great features included in it. Doug even seemed mildly interested when I showed it to him. But he was a little taken aback when I told him the price was in excess of a hundred thousand dollars.
He knew that my Canon PowerShot SX20 had begun having problems when we were in the Smokies last month. Last week, when we were shopping at Sam's Club, we walked by a display of Canon digital SLR camera bundles that were on sale. He asked me why I didn't buy one of those. Trying to cover my astonishment, I told him I hadn't researched those particular cameras yet.
But I remedied that when I got home. I went on the internet and checked user reviews and expert reviews and prices being asked by other sellers. Over the next few days, Doug saw me looking at cameras every time he passed through the computer room, so I'm sure he wasn't surprised when I asked if he was really willing to let me spend that much money on a camera.
I believe that the reason he readily said "yes" was that he figured the new camera would distract me from the motorhome. After all, by comparison with the price of the RV, the camera was a bargain. Whatever the reason, I wasted no time getting out to Sam's Club to bring home my new toy.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
The little darling came bundled with a gadget bag, a second lens (55mm-250mm), and a memory card.
You'll soon be seeing my first experimental shots here on the blog. I confess that, right now, I'm having doubts as to whether I've made the right choice. My first images are less than stunning. The learning curve is going to be much greater than I had anticipated. And I'm not sure I have the talent to warrant this kind of expenditure. But I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet.