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Testing the studio lights

February 4th, 2004

Have Fed It
Monday. Sunday got a little ugly when the company network went down. Four hours at the office, then home thinking I really haven't had any lunch so I stopped by the local ersatz 7 - 11 for a Blackberry fruit pie and an ice cream sandwich. OK, OK, but it was Sunday, my last day of vacation (less four hours). I don't know if it was the fruit pie or the ice cream sandwich, but no more than five minutes after eating them the stomach ache started. It is now almost twenty-four hours later and I think whatever it was is almost through my system. Three hours at work this morning after a long night of stomach troubles, but home at noon for bed rest and recuperation. Odd the other symptoms (the aching head and the dizziness and the rest) weren't noticeable with the stomach and intestines hurting like a son of a bitch , my stomach feeling like a big tight (thump! thump!) mellon. But I'm alive and I think this thing is behind me.

And the fruit pie and the ice cream sandwich? Were they the culprits? I wonder. Do these things hit you five minutes after eating them? Could it be all those cheap corn sweeteners can harbor more than cholesterol and hardening of the arteries? Nah. Probably those spicy peanuts I'd had earlier. Set the stage, lit the fire for the fruit pie to follow.

Wednesday. OK, you learn something. I have been informed (somewhat incredulous that I wouldn't know) that I have stomach flu. With stomach flu you have a king hell stomach ache and diarrhea. I don't remember ever having it. Violent eruptions of food poisoning I remember, stomach flu not. And I still have it, although I'm hoping it's taking its last hurrah. My stomach aches, perhaps due to eating a meal this noon since I really haven't eaten since Monday morning's breakfast. It tapered off somewhat late Tuesday evening and let me sleep. Stomach flu. Doodle-dee-doo.

Later. Well, yes, now it's back. I shouldn't have fed it.

The photograph was taken in my apartment using the Elinchrom lights with a Nikon F5 and a 28-70mm f 2.8 Nikon (Nikkor) lens on Kodak Ektachrome 100s and processed by New Lab in San Francisco.