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  • Vs. (an acronym?... Naw, just an abbreviation, alrighty then...), "the shelf-life of an entropist."

    Before I begin, I have to let you know that I talk to myself, even when I write. During one such extremely intelligent (if I do say so myself) conversation, I came up with an answer of sorts, as to what I can do now that I am unable to work full-time.

    I recently began suffering from PAD (Peripheral artery disease). I didn't develop the condition recently though, I was diagnosed with the disorder only a few years ago, and told that I probably had it for many years. I never thought much about it though, mostly because I felt no pain or other symptoms until now. Along with the PAD, I've been plagued with RLS (restless leg syndrome), probably a result of nerve damage from lack of circulation. I'm so happy the world has an endless supply of acronyms for all that ails me. Really,... I'm just OVERJOYED! (fricin'-frackin'-mundane-noodled, stinkin' bogus... acronyms!)

    As of late, I have been experiencing ever increasing, and constant pain, plus burning in my legs and feet. I have also noted that my legs tire easily, and become weak; unable to keep my weight supported for prolonged walks or bicycle rides. Working an eight hour day now seems out of the question, so with a lot of time on my hands, I take pictures.

    I work mostly in B&W (another acronym) but do some color stuff too. I like HDR (high dynamic range; another damn acronym) processing for both, and then I add a soft focus in moderation. It gives the images an ethereal quality, and enhances the details in the mid tones. You can see this in the image above, that I have titled (I give all my photographs titles, or at least captions) "Speed Bump"

    Along with the outings for exercise that doctors claim can stave off the inevitable worsening of my condition, I also seem to have more time to learn more about the photography that I so love, and I'm faced with learning more damned acronyms to boot... DSLR (digital single lens reflex), TLR (twin lens reflex), GPOY (gratuitous picture of yourself), etc..etc., on and on. I have a hell of a time remembering their meanings, I have to Google them whenever somebody asks what they mean. I don't understand why everything has to be shortened with acronyms anyway. Are they for people that don't have enough time to make themselves understood clearly? To me it sounds like a lot of BS. (oops)...

    I wouldn't mind all this quite so much, if the word 'acronym' didn't sound as if it had something to do with age, growing old, or antiquities. I know it doesn't, it just sounds that way to me. It sounds just like what's happening to me; an a-crony-m.

    As for the way words sound, (and in light of my deteriorating state) I have given myself a title. (I give my images titles, shouldn't I have one too?)... Nothing as grand as 'Sir"; like for knights, or 'Dr.', or 'Duke', or anything fancy really,... hell, my new title isn't even a word, let alone a title. I refer to myself as an 'Entropist'. I derived the term from the word entropy, and the suffix 'ist', to give it the meaning: one who is studied and proficient at growing old, and falling apart. That's me in a nutshell.

    My bike rides and walks aren't as long as they used to be, but I get to do them more often than when I was working, so in some ways I'm glad I have the time thrust upon me by my age and condition. Albeit, I can't see these opportunities lasting very much longer, I think I'm approaching the end of my shelf-life.

    I just wish those damn acronyms would crumble before I do, but I don't see that happening either. They seem to be able to stay forever shiny and new.
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