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08-25-2010, 06:11
Roger, I just received the August 14th issue of Amateur Photorapher in my mailbox here in Los Angeles and I laughed when you stated your aversion towards wool clothing and Frances' aversion towards sweet potatoes, for I dislike both of those items, too. In 1999 I accompanied my father to a Leica Historical Society annual gathering in Chicago and during the entire flight to Chicago, sitting next to him, I got irritated as his ghastly wool coat brushed against my skin, and as soon as we got downtown I made him go to a men's clothing store and buy a substantially more comfortable non-wool coat. And my mate teases me about my not liking sweet potatoes, reminding me that other than saffron I eat everything else. Oh, well--no big deal, I tell him.

I initially liked the Baby Rollei my father gave me when I was 12, but when the shutter release suddenly dislodged and failed to every work again I hated that camera. Years later I developed hatred for the 35mm Pentax MX camera and 50mm Pentax lens I bought, having realized after putting numerous rolls of color film through it that it just didn't have the outstanding resolution my father's 50mm rigid Summicron had.

I still love my M6 TTL and R8 cameras and all the Leica lenses I have for both of them. They astonish me every time I develop film and view the results!

08-25-2010, 14:31
Now I know why all those sheep look so unhappy! :D

08-26-2010, 14:43

Wool like you've never worn. Beats any of the new synthetics, hands down, except for price. But it stinks less over the course of either an expedition or its lifespan, and doesn't cause heat rash like polypro or others.

Smartwool and most other modern wool garments are mostly just as good.

(just sayin'. Though I still wish I hadn't lost my shaggy gray cable Scottish wool sweater to some thieving Utah hippie.)

08-26-2010, 17:58
tbm, I love wool clothes: period. My wife loves sweet potatoes, I'm not with her on that. But wearing my 1964 Harris tweed sport coat and my British tan gabardine slacks, a pair of wingtips with my Leica IIIf or an Agfa Isolette II (and if it is sunny my 1960 which I bought new Ray-Ban shades) is bliss, sorry. But to each his own.

08-26-2010, 21:51
I wear wool uniforms for fun....and I can play a few tunes on my "sweet potato" but I can imagine that annoying people....and I've never eaten actual sweet potatoes.

08-27-2010, 06:48
Love wool, have to. Woolly undies are the best thing when going skiing at 25C below, which I happen to do in this winter wonderland of ours. I've never itched once, but modern wools are better than they used to be. Hate sweet potatoes intensely - horrible stuff.

08-27-2010, 08:17
Now I know why all those sheep look so unhappy! :D

Australia. Where the men are men, and the sheep are nervous.