I literally put this on my calendar in the kitchen, on my palm pilot, and in google calendar for the email reminders, because I cannot miss the Oregon Apple Man!
I'm not the only person that feels this way. This week, on the local news, our mayor (who also happens to be an obstetrician, not that this is a necessary skill for a mayor, delivering babies on the side), gave the Oregon Apple Man the keys to the city.
The guy on the left has been coming to Grand Forks for 20 years, and the guy on the right has been coming with the truckloads of apples for 40 years! They stay for about 3 days, and their trucks are swamped with people eager for the apples. I bought a crate of Fujis and a crate of Braeburns, and no grocery store apple comes anywhere close to comparing to these apples! Both apples are slightly tart, with just the right amount of sweetness, and they shout "Fall" and "Crisp", and "leaves turning colors", "burning wood". They're the perfect thing to take the edge off all the beet trucks crawling through the town, day and night, dropping beets on the road, slowing traffic, and the unease of knowing the drivers work as much as 15 hour shifts and don't have to have commercial drivers' licenses.
I'm in "editing mode" as the weather drives us inward. Maria asked if I'd gotten CS4, and I have. Once I got my new camera, I discovered the data from the D300s could not be uploaded to ACR without an upgrade. But the upgrade only worked with CS4. I could not bear to give up shooting RAW and going back to jpeg! And I'm slowly acquainting myself to all the new features of CS4, and am actually quite excited about learning to use the adjustment brush tool. If it works like I think it will. . . well, I might end up AGAIN editing photos from previous trips!