September 12th, 2006


Mentoring again

The Community for Youh metnoring program starts up again next week for me. Sort of. I'll miss the first mentor training while on this family cruise. This year I'll be mentoring in the Steps Beyond program for sophomores through seniors, rather than the Steps Ahead program for freshman that I mentored in last year. I'm really looking forward to this.

Anyway, if anyone has any interest in mentoring in Steps Ahead, let me know and I'll hook you up. I'm not sure what the status or need for mentoring is in that program, but it generally could use as many mentors who can commit as possible. And if you want a basic taste or just want to help but not commit to anything, Community for Youth needs volunteers for the launch course for Steps Beyond. It's a Saturday/Sunday retreat.

We need volunteers for the Steps Beyond Launch Course.

For those of you who are not able to commit to Steps Beyond this year but would like to stay involved with the program, volunteering at the Steps Beyond launch course is a great way to do that.

The launch course is September 30th-October 1st.

Please let me know if you are interested and available. Also, if you have an friends or co-workers who are looking for volunteer opportunities we could use their help as well. Launch volunteers do not need to have prior mentoring experience. Thanks for spreading the word.


New camera

Also today, I purchased a digital camera, a Sony DSC-H2, a.k.a. the Sony Cybershot. Ever since I dropped my camera when I fell off a Mayan ruin in December, I've needed a new camera. I need to practice taking basic photos with it over the next couple of days, before I head on my cruise next week. The salesperson, Gemma, was very helpful considering how clueless I am, although that's also a good opportunity for a sales commission. She was also pretty hot.

Hopefully, I'll get in the habit of taking more photos generally. I don't plan on ever becoming a complete photo nut, but one of the things that has bothered me about my life up til now is the lack of photographic documentation of said life. My memory fades really fast for somethings, and having photos of some of the things I've done would make it easier to jog my memory. Also, it'll make it easier to remind/share with other people.

Anyway, we'll see if that actually happens. On the one hand, it's a digital, so there's no wasting film if I don't like the pictures and no need to have a stock of film on hand. And because of said digitalness, I can also re-take photos that I don't like. On the other hand, it's fairly bulky. This isn't one of those ultra-slim cameras I can stick in a pocket to carry everywhere. It's slightly bigger than my previous film camera even.