I think I have to scrap any plans to develop my S1 setup. The camera is still too large for my hands and my wrist and fingers get a stretching workout. Probably not a bad thing in the heat of the summer, but against cold winter air there are some troubling after effects. Don't want to develop RSI over a camera!
A (premature) retrospective of the year 2022
This year has been a great one for outside activities. My little reward model has for some reason got me out of the door more often than not. Several domestic trips, car travels, even a trip abroad.
I tend to only remember the bad phases, some select weeks during beautiful periods of summer and fall when it seemed to be prime shooting conditions out there, but I decided to hermit within my domicile. But my own reward journal produces hard figures for me: I've been out and about!
I don't exactly track this but my walks have also gained a little length and substance, based on my gut feeling.
Speaking of. I also have this gut feeling that I haven't been to my favorite city enough this year (Helsinki). Yet at the same time I've been there quite often and had had mild visual burnout about it. When I darken the streets of Töölö district in Helsinki I get the maddest longing, home sickness. But visually speaking, I am treating the scenery too casually and that usually means I can get better "photostroll" ROI elsewhere.
I neither visited my next-to favorite towns as often as I'd perhaps liked (Turku just once and Kuopio not even that). I've also been very superbly lazy about even visiting my neighboring towns that are 30 minutes away by train. There's the next year, I keep telling myself.
Good things right around the corner
My cash shortage situation is now giving up. January sees my balances back to their usual normal.
As the year changes, January marks other great news for me.
The Helsinki Region Transit authority is lowering ticket fares for those traveling from farther back, and this group includes me.
My fringe benefits will start to include new things: one notable of being an employer-subsidized meal benefit. It translates to around 6 € off of a cost of a meal. Which is something I don't have much use at home, but this benefit can be used on one's free time also! Say, for example when one is visiting a town and wants to have lunch while resting one's feet.
A bigger benefit yet is the introduction of a commuter benefit which is totally tax free benefit for me, thusly my transit expenses whenever I will visit Helsinki will be 0 €, flat. I suppose this will mean that I have to try to make use of all of the allocated benefit so that it doesn't go to waste.
We are not talking about huge four-digit savings here but my being a terrible cheapskate, lowering the step to visit Helsinki is a very, very welcome thing anytime. And free train rides will definitely feel like a nice thing to have.
Bigger travel destinations include Stockholm and most probably Tallinn for 2023.
...will be concluded later. Not much to say on that front, though.