Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


September 7, 2012

A Kodak moment this is not

Back in the day, getting your pictures printed was a bit of a hassle. First, you took pictures on something called “film.” I’ll pause while the young’ns Google the word film. …

To make prints, someone had to sneak away in a dark corner and spend an hour or so winding the film onto reels, putting it into canisters, soaking it in chemicals, cleaning the film and finally making prints, which involved another set of chemicals. To say the least, it was a long process.

Fast forward to today. There’s no film. Rather, there’s a little card you slip from your camera into a machine that does all that work in a matter of minutes. These days, you can even send your images off into cyberspace and the prints soon magically appear in the mailbox.

So, with all that said, can someone explain to me why I am so far behind on getting my pictures printed?

I have an embarrassing number of photos I haven’t gotten around to having printed — some of them older than I’d care to admit.

I love to take pictures, as evidenced by my overloaded SD card. Every time the card gets full, I have to copy files to my computer so I can take more pictures. (Read I’m too cheap to buy another card.)

Well, that eventually turned into a full hard drive. To fix that problem, I had to burn a mountain of files onto a DVD. Yes, a DVD. A CD was too small.

My plan for the DVD was to get prints made over time so it didn’t cost me a small fortune all at once. That was about six months ago. Do you know how many pictures I have printed since then? Zero. Nadda. Zilch.

Had I actually printed the photos, my next step was to catch up my nieces’ photo albums. I have an album for each of my two nieces in which I keep pictures in chronological order so I can look back and see how they’ve changed over the years. My youngest niece is 5 and there aren’t any pictures of her walking. Yes, I am that far behind.

By now you’re probably thinking I am a giant procrastinator, but I’m really not. In fact, I’ve got a slight planning addiction. I like to think about and do everything as far in advance as possible. Most people hate that about me. Besides doing my taxes (I loathe doing my taxes), the only thing I procrastinate on is getting prints made.

So, on the flight home from the West Coast last week, I was flipping through the new photos on my camera. Then, I flipped through the many old photos on the disk.

I was thinking to myself I should really resolve to catch up on my prints. These pictures, like many others on that lonely DVD I made, remind me of great times I’ve had. But then I thought, didn’t I just have this conversation six months ago?

Let’s be real here. The Golden Gate Bridge will have many new coats of paint before my picture of it sees the light of day.

interim [friday] editor/has a printing problem

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Editor's Picks An angel’s taleCarmel Community Players presents “I Married an Angel” all weekend in Carmel.Shows are 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.In the production, a wealthy Budapest banker, Count Perrin, is love-weary. He ends his engagement,

    July 25, 2014

  • This week's best bets 1) Look to the skies Several rockstars of the aviation aerobatics world are set to perform Saturday afternoon at the Kokomo Airshow. The show is free and starts at 1 p.m. at the Kokomo Municipal Airport. It will feature award-winning airshow performe

    July 25, 2014

  • Ziliak, Lindsey Living out my dream My high school chemistry teacher eight years ago basically told me I was dumb. It wasn’t because I was failing his class. I actually excelled in it and picked up this catchy tune while I was there. “A mole is a unit; Oh have you heard,” I remember si

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marques Bunn Kokomo native returning for hometown comedy show A comedian who grew up in Kokomo is back in his hometown performing all weekend – his second time here this year.Marques Bunn opens for longtime friend and fellow comedian Troy Davis at Laugh House Kokomo downtown. There are shows at 8 p.m. today and

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • This week's best bets 1) Rockin' in the park Stray Cat, Lee Rocker and Band performs a free show Saturday night at Foster Park, so don't miss it. The show goes from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and features special guests Tony Funk and the Homewreckers. Lee Rocker made his mark singin

    July 18, 2014

  • Editor's Picks 1) The Nutcracker Show Ron White performs his Nutcracker show at Honeywell Center in Wabash Saturday night. Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Now, as a chart-t

    July 18, 2014

  • Ziliak, Lindsey Searching for my lovable goof He busted a move on the dance floor while wearing a woman’s straw hat, and I couldn’t help but chuckle. They say that girls want to marry men like their fathers. For years, I swore that wasn’t true. Then one day I realized it actually was. That means

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Editor's Picks 1) Everyone's favorite ogre Footlite Musicals in Indianapolis presents Shrek the Musical at 8 p.m. today and Saturday at 1847 N. Alabama St. The musical, based on the Oscar winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of ev

    July 11, 2014

  • This week's best bets 1) Fair Entertainment Check out local acts Shiny Penny, Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel and The Time Travelers at the Howard County 4-H Fair throughout the weekend. Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel and The Time Travelers take the stage tonight, with Mik

    July 11, 2014

  • NWS - duckderby 33 Rubber ducks are back at Kokomo Beach On Thursday 2,000 tiny, rubber ducks will race down the lazy river at Kokomo Beach to raise money for an organization that may be one of Kokomo’s best-kept secrets. Jamey Henderson said there are still many people who don’t know what Samaritan Caregi

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller