New Camera and Ms. Piggy
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There was really no alternative, I had to buy a new camera just days into an extended trip. My nephew Nate offered to haul the defective new one back to Chicago where other relatives could get it to Upper Michigan for me. By the time I get home it will probably be too late for a refund but at least I'll have the worthless piece of crap for a not-too-friendly show-and-tell session with a Wal-Mart manager. I know, I have only myself to blame for buying the camera too near departure to properly check it out. I mistakenly assumed that the new product would actually continue working beyond five or six test shots. It is even more embarrassing to admit shopping at Wal-Mart but thanks to them, K-Mart, and Shopko, all of the local mom & pop camera stores within a hundred mile radius were out of business and boarded shut.
Nate told me where I could find a new camera in London. Dozens of electronic shops lined the streets near the Tottenham Court Road exit off the Northern Line.
I walked to Piccadilly Circus for better photos of that London landmark. Instead of continuing toward Green Park and Buckingham Palace like the other day, I turned south to meet the Themes River at Westminster. Big Ben was another London landmark to photograph and, over the bridge, the London Eye.
I stopped on the bridge to photograph Ms. Piggy. Since no one from my home town in Michigan was willing to travel, I brought the little pig - figurine model and mascot from which the sign and logo for JC's Bar in Gladstone was designed - to photograph at various locations around the world.
Pictures from the London Eye would be spectacular from its 400-foot height but a ticket cost 17.5 Pounds - about US$30. Photos of the contraption itself would have to do.