Monday, August 22, 2011

The Aftermath–Good and Bad

It seems like just the other day that we went to Chicago for Lollapalooza.  Yet it has already been two weeks.  It was wonderful to get away for a few days and even better to be able to go somewhere where the weather was considerably cooler.  We did have to tend with a bit of humidity but that was just fine.  I truly think it was the first time this summer that we actually spent three entire days outside all day long.  For me that alone was the best thing of the whole long weekend. 

The whole event was a blast.  I will say though since we were there a few years back that the number of people attending seemed to grow considerably.  It was the 20th anniversary so that could have had something to do with it all.  It was sold out all weekend which meant that 300,000 total were present each day, not to count the few that managed to sneak in one way or another.  Despite the crowdedness it was still fun.  The first day was the best as many had not gotten off of work yet and it did not seem to be as hard to find a good spot to just relax and listen to music.  Also of course Muse played Friday evening.  I was bummed as they put Muse and Coldplay up against one another.  Yet in the end my loyalties won out and I was smack in the middle for the Muse concert.  As always they were great and I was not disappointed with my choice at all. 

The rest of the weekend was filled with acts like Flogging Molly, Foo Fighters, Manchester Orchestra, Celo Green, Foster the People, and so many more.  We stayed at the Hard Rock which was nice yet it was also where many of the bands stayed.  Needless to say it was much like grand central station there at times, especially in the evenings.  If I had been a mere 20 years younger I probably would have enjoyed it much more. 

The only downfall of the whole weekend was the morning we came home.  In our drive to the airport of course we were stuck in morning traffic.  I managed to leave my camera in the cabbie when we got out at the airport.  I realized it immediately and we called the Cabbie Co first thing.  Although we made valiant efforts, we did not retrieve it.  I was depressed for days as my camera had become a bit of an appendage for me.  I lost all my photos from the weekend as well as some family photos I had shot before we left.  I will say that I was a bit upset about the honesty of people after it was all over.  We called immediately after we exited.  The cabbie had told us that because of the traffic he would just go down to arrivals at the airport and get his next fare there.  It would have been so easy to retrieve the camera then.  And even if he decided otherwise reporting it found would have likewise been as easy.

Sometimes I feel like I give too much credit to others that I just assume they will do the right thing.  Although also I do not want to become so cynical that I don’t trust anyone and look suspiciously at any who may give me a funny feeling.  I know that we live in rough times these days. Because of that it can lend some to do things that in other situations they may not even consider doing.  I also know that I have to accept that there are some who will do such things despite right or wrong.  I just tell myself that for some reason of which I will never know that maybe he needed it more than I.  Maybe in some way the possession of my Nikon D80 will aid him in a way that it did not not aid me.  I miss the rabbit charm that hung from the handle of my camera case almost as much as the camera.  I had received it from a friend in Ireland.  It was hand made with green stones and a pewter bunny at the end.  It was my good luck charm or at least it was suppose to be.  Yet no use crying over spilt milk.  It is what it is…


Mother Moon


Wendy S. said...

First, you are SUCH a rockin' grandma, Mother Moon. I would at one time loved the whole music scene but now just shudder thinking of the crowds and I swore I would never become like my parents ;)

I am so sorry you didn't get your camera back. I know how much your photos record your life and how gifted you are with your photos. There are really no words that will justify the loss other than "grrrrrr...." and yes, grieving. Right now we're in Merc. Retro and I swear stealing goes crazy during this time.

May Mercury gift you with a new camera that won't replace your memories taken with photos but will bring you new joy. And may the goddess and the angels send people your way to renew your faith that despite the one's out there who are really lost and unhappy there are those strangers who will make you smile and give you an unexpected gift when you least expect it.

audrey said...

I'm happy for you that you had a wonderful time in Chicago. And I'm sad for you that your camera is gone. I can only imagine how you must feel losing the camera and the rabbit charm. I am so sorry, Janie.
Your attitude is commendable, though. It is hard for us to look upon something that we loved as just a "material" thing and that perhaps it will bring some aid to whoever now has it.
I pray that you will receive something in return somehow ~ something unexpected and special. You are a good person deserving of good things.
♥ audrey

Robin Larkspur said...

Glad you had such a good time, but so sorry for the loss of your beloved camera and good luck charm. Total bummer. I feel for you.

mxtodis123 said...

I'm so sorry about your camera. It's a hard way to learn that not everyone can be trusted.

Moonwillow said...

I had a similiar experience two years ago when I left my camera in the lounge area @ a restaurant in Block Island. By the time I realized my mistake, it was gone. I left my name at the restaurant and with the island lost & found hoping that someone might turn it in, to no avail. It wasn't the camera so much as the memories contained in it.

AkasaWolfSong said...

Oh Janie I'm so sorry you have lost your beloved camera...that truly is a bummer!

Darn It! You were only two hours away from me while you were in Chicago...too bad we couldn't have met each other! I'm happy you had such a good time while there. :)

Someday I hope Trust will prevail on Mother Earth once more!!!

Illustrated Ink said...

What a bummer! The few times I've left items behind or had them stolen from me, it always shakes my belief in people. I do console myself as you stated, that perhaps they needed it more than me. I'm sorry you had to lose your photo memories and special charm, I know the camera can always be replaced, but those other things can't be and sadly have no value to the thief. :(