The weather took a little turn for the worse so I decided to hang out here for another day. Maybe two. It gave me a chance to wander around town in the rain which was a nice break from riding. A bike shop caught my eye so I picked up some new handlebar tape since the cork was falling apart and no amount of duct tape was keeping it together. I ended up breaking the small blade on my Swiss army knife trying to get one of the old bar ends out though. Knives and I don’t seem to do well together.
I also found the camera I want to get. I just can’t stand not being able to take clear, sharp pictures of things like I used to be able to do. Anyway, here’s the beauty that I’m going to keep my eye out for: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS. The lens is fast (F2.8), it has a great zoom range (28- 560 mm) and it has shutter/aperture priority modes. I’m not crazy about the AA batteries but then again maybe they’ll be better in South America. Replacing a Li-Ion battery might be tricky. It’s smaller and lighter than the DSLR I had which also has its advantages.
I was also catching up on the news and it got me thinking about something. Without getting too deep I was wondering what other people think the root cause of society’s problems are? There are a lot of symptoms like poverty, crime, wars, environmental problems, corruption, racism, etc. But is there one thing that drives all this? Is it greed? Over population? Selfishness? Apathy? Hippies? Lack of morals (religion)? Fear? This bike trip has given me some new insight into how different regions/countries see things but it’s hard to put a finger on any one thing if there even is just one thing. The Contact form up top can send email anonymously–just make up an email address.