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  • Badger
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    Pics, part II

    For me, the highlight of our trip was a week in Venice. It was kind of rainy and cloudy, but it made me feel at home (it was colder than the PNW, but it was rocking the mist).



    My favorite church, Santa Maria della Salute. One of the few churches in the round I have seen in Italy.



    We visited the Peggy Guggenheim museum, including its famous bronze, "Angel of the City" (1948). The FOT pouch helps make this pic a little bit more work appropriate, right?



    I highly recommend visiting Italy in the winter, not least because you'll have fewer lines to contend with. We just walked into San Marco in Venice.



    Our TB stuff made traveling easy, enjoyable, and stress-free. My Aeronaut still looks brand-new, and it's waiting patiently for its next trip (to the much less exotic St. Louis, but oh well).



    Our TB stuff, from upper left: large WF packing cube, Small Café Bag, Aeronaut, 2 small WF packing cubes, Ultrasuede buffing cloth, 2 mini organizer pouches, padded Kindle case with Kindle on top, medium clear organizer pouch, three organizer wallets, iPad Cache with FOT pouch on top, Medium Café Bag.

    Hope you enjoyed the pics!

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  • Badger
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    Just a few pics

    Ok, folks. As promised, I wanted to show you a few of our holiday photos.

    We arrived in Rome but left right away. Since we only really saw the inside of the airport train station, this is the best FOT pic I could get.



    We spent a night in Orvieto, which is in Umbria. For a tiny city, it has amazing gelato, good restaurants, and a phenomenal cathedral. This is where we stayed when we were last in Italy (for 10 weeks).



    We spent Christmas in Florence. Here's Mrs B bringing home the panettone (note the SCB; sorry it's dark, but the sun was behind the building).



    I've always wanted to go to the Santa Croce Basilica, and I made sure to get a shot of the FOT pouch in front of the beautiful carved door.



    Next stop was Bologna, where we stayed for three days, mostly eating stuff and bumming around. The highlight of our stay was a walk through the 660 porticoes up to the Sanctuary of San Luca, high above the city. Here's the FOT on the way to the top.



    And a shot of the sanctuary from the other side:

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  • TavaPeak
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    My mother had a fat basset hound (Mandy) who would dig up baby carrots in her garden before she could harvest them. The dog first observed my mother pulling carrots from the garden bed, then sitting on the back step to wash them in a bucket before taking them in for dinner. The dog just figured out how to cut out the middleman. Mandy would wait until the carrots grew to just the right size to be sweet before digging.

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  • Badger
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    Yoda! So cute. Titus does the same thing.

    My mom went to school with a girl whose family name was/is Yoda. I think the late 70s-early 80s were just awesome for them.

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  • Lani
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    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    They don't go for peas, which is fine by me. Peas are revolting. Mrs B likes peas, and whenever I have to cook them for her I get all nauseated.
    OK I'm relaying this story thirdhand. My husband used to have a dog named Yoda, who couldn't stand peas. I don't quite remember how it is they fed him peas (apparently it was either in the canned food or they fed him leftover tuna casserole or something), but the funny part is that Yoda would eat everything in the bowl... except the peas. The bowl would be licked clean, except for the little cluster of peas he'd push off to the side. I always found that hilarious--he never complained and asked for different food when they fed him this. He just simply ate around the peas.

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  • Badger
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    Originally posted by Maria View Post
    Just shows those Corgis have good taste! No surprise éh?

    Our dogs loved carrots as treats too. Try frozen green peas...our Bichon loved to play with them before eating them up in ten seconds too.
    They don't go for peas, which is fine by me. Peas are revolting. Mrs B likes peas, and whenever I have to cook them for her I get all nauseated.

    ncb4: I'm not sure corgis are compulsive in a medical or genetic sense, but I'd characterize them as "highly food-motivated." Sure, you'll occasionally hear of corgis who graze from their food bowls or prefer play time to treats, but it's not too common. Sadly, many corgis die by getting their heads stuck in food bags, and then asphyxiating. They're so, so greedy, and sometimes that greed is their downfall. Keep trying with the vegetable treats, btw. Titus didn't care for any vegetables besides carrots at first, but he's expanded his repertoire a great deal.

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  • Lani
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    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    if you double-click the home button when the phone is asleep, the lock screen will come up. Note that there is a little camera icon. You can touch that icon and the camera app will launch automatically.
    Oh my goodness--I DID NOT KNOW THAT!!! I just tried it, and it worked! I think it's a feature of the new version 5.0 iOS.

    No, stop. That's not just a nifty feature; this is behavior-changing for me. Thank you SOOOO much for this tip!!

    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    Also, from settings, you can set the volume up button as a shutter button, which is, I find, much more stable in landscape mode than using the touch screen.
    That one I knew about. There was someone who created an app that did that, and Apple gave it the big banhammer because they said you aren't supposed to change the functionality of hardware, and plus, you would confuse all us non-smart iPhone users. Well somewhere along the way, somebody convinced them it was an awesome way to hold the camera steady (I don't know about you but I can steady things up much better using two hands), and... plus... it turns out iPhone users aren't so non-smart after all! ^_^

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  • Maria
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    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    ncb4: if you double-click the home button when the phone is asleep, the lock screen will come up. Note that there is a little camera icon. You can touch that icon and the camera app will launch automatically. Also, from settings, you can set the volume up button as a shutter button, which is, I find, much more stable in landscape mode than using the touch screen.

    Re: weight. Corgis are actually medium-sized dogs on short legs (they have achrondoplasia, which also affects humans with the dwarfism gene). So, they have normal-sized torsos that are held up by short legs. Corgis are prone to weight gain because of their genetics; they are also compulsive overeaters. If you google images of "obese corgis," you'll see hairy spheres with little foot-nubs sticking out.

    Titus, at least, has learned to love vegetables. He likes Belgian endives, fennel, carrots, bell peppers, and steamed broccoli. He does not, however, like the unsalted canned green beans suggested as a dog diet aid. But then, who does?
    Just shows those Corgis have good taste! No surprise éh?

    Our dogs loved carrots as treats too. Try frozen green peas...our Bichon loved to play with them before eating them up in ten seconds too.

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  • ncb4
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    Badger, thanks for the tips on the iPhone camera: I'm going to try those out today! And that's fascinating about corgis actually having achondroplasia. The compulsive overeating reminds me of another genetic issue you see in humans called Prader-Willi syndrome. I'm amazed that you can get your dogs to like vegies: I have dutifully tried to be a good mom and get all my Newfs to eat vegies, and every single one of them has spit them out and stared at me balefully as if to say, "Where is the steak and ice cream?" I was excited that Yukon will eat carrots though: my first victory!

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  • Badger
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    Originally posted by TavaPeak View Post
    Badger, the vet recommended we feed our Maddie some frozen green beans for snacks. She loves them - they are crunchy and cold. Of course, she's a lab, and will eat almost anything (as per Citizen Canine photo).
    Yeah--I thought the corgis would love frozen green beans, but no go. They do, however, love frozen yogurt, which has in common with frozen green beans the amazing property of being frozen.

    On an unrelated note: one thing I miss about South Bend is the frozen yogurt place. It was called Let's Spoon. Good times!

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  • snowbot
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    The surprise benefit of carrots as a dog treat is that the dog piles are really easy to find.

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  • TavaPeak
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    Badger, the vet recommended we feed our Maddie some frozen green beans for snacks. She loves them - they are crunchy and cold. Of course, she's a lab, and will eat almost anything (as per Citizen Canine photo).

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  • Badger
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    ncb4: if you double-click the home button when the phone is asleep, the lock screen will come up. Note that there is a little camera icon. You can touch that icon and the camera app will launch automatically. Also, from settings, you can set the volume up button as a shutter button, which is, I find, much more stable in landscape mode than using the touch screen.

    Re: weight. Corgis are actually medium-sized dogs on short legs (they have achrondoplasia, which also affects humans with the dwarfism gene). So, they have normal-sized torsos that are held up by short legs. Corgis are prone to weight gain because of their genetics; they are also compulsive overeaters. If you google images of "obese corgis," you'll see hairy spheres with little foot-nubs sticking out.

    Titus, at least, has learned to love vegetables. He likes Belgian endives, fennel, carrots, bell peppers, and steamed broccoli. He does not, however, like the unsalted canned green beans suggested as a dog diet aid. But then, who does?

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  • ncb4
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    This thread has taken such interesting twists and turns. As for cameras, I have both a DSLR and a Panasonic Lumix ZS3. Like you, Lani and Badger, I find I don't take out my "big" camera that much. Partly that's because it's heavy to carry around, and I think partly I have that same sense that you do Lani about feeling obliged to "compose" a perfect shot. On the other hand, I've had an iPhone 4S (my first) for three months now, and I can't get comfortable with using it as a camera. I'm not sure why. Part of it is that I forget it's got a camera; part of it is that I haven't gotten used to the way you use it to take photos. It feels awkward to me: first I have to launch a camera app (I use Camera+), and then I miss a real shutter button. I feel more comfortable with my Pany, and find that's the camera I use most of the time. Any hints on how I can get more comfortable with my iPhone camera?

    Then there's the whole dog weight issue. I never realized that you had to be so cautious with smaller breed dogs about weight gain, to the point where you had to weigh food down to the ounce. We are also dealing with weight issues with our Newfy (he is hypothyroid), but with giant breeds you've got more latitude: a couple ounces here and there don't matter as much. Yukon has lost thirty pounds since last summer! He's very active, and we practice portion control with his food, but he also needs thyroxine every day; as long as he takes that, he can keep his boyish figure. Im curious; why are Corgis so prone to weight gain? Poor little guys! And you'd think that one of the perks of being a dog is that you wouldn't have to worry about counting calories.

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  • Badger
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    Originally posted by Lani View Post
    Badger, first off I have to say I *LOVE* that you kept posting updates in your thread. I was able to follow you as you went on your journey.



    Oh, almost like Flat Stanley! I will be looking forward to this.
    Lani, I'm glad you enjoyed the posts! I really want to get the pics up soon. The semester is starting tomorrow and I'm pretty busy, but I'm hoping to find some time to get all my pics organized, edited, and labeled. I think I have 4-5 FOT pics to share.

    We are already talking about going back to Venice very soon--it was a blast! Our next big trip was supposed to be to Japan, but now that's kind of up in the air. I agree that the iPhone has a good camera now, and while I think I will likely take an SLR camera to Japan, the next time we go to Italy, I'll just be rocking the iPhone for sure.

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