Rustic but Rusted

My handwriting is notoriously bad. Teachers told me during elementary school years and no amount of sincere effort improved my penmanship. I was relieved at the age of 14 to inherit a manual typewriter; I don’t recall why the family owned one or how it came to be in my possession but the thing became my go-to for homework and personal writings. If I rightly recall, Royal was the brand.

I will always be fond of typewriters, even if my typing long ago transitioned to computer keyboard. The appeal grows with age and nostalgia for archaic technology. So I was both delighted and disappointed to see that someone left an old L.C. Smith model in a nearby alley—and I don’t recall which one. As you can see, this old machine is rusted and presumably beyond meaningful repair—although the thang would fit properly on appropriate movie set showing decay and dystopia.

I used Leica Q2 to capture the Featured Image and companion on Oct. 21, 2021. Vitals, aperture manually set: f/6.3, ISO 100, 1/320 sec, 28mm; 12:34 p.m. PDT. The other is same but 1/400 sec, one-minute later.

Perhaps fitting: This is the first post made on the 16.2-inch MacBook Pro that replaces my 23-month-old laptop. I would typically would wait until three-years ownership before upgrading. But supply chain disruptions, rising prices, growing inflation, and appeal of Apple’s homegrown microprocessors compelled me to act sooner.

I will write more about the computer sometime soon. For reasons to be explained later, I acquired the standard, non-customized high-end configuration: M1 Max chipset with 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU, 32GB unified memory, and 1TB SSD. I wanted more storage but that wasn’t an option without risking long delay due to supply chain problems.