May I just say, I love my new box of light! Following the Strobist's excellent instructions for photography on the cheap, in this case the DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio, I transformed a cardboard box into, if not a thing of beauty itself, a thing that will give that "thing of beauty" quality to other things.
When I was a young'un, I moved from "Baja Oregon" to a very small coastal town in southwest Washington. A town where the locals joked, in some cases bragged, that, upon arriving, you should turn back your clock 20 years - to the '50s. I, being a child of the coolest artistic little beach towns in Baja Oregon, thought this was mildly amusing...for about 15 minutes.
I arrived in late-spring and my first summer there was, to put it
mildly, not my best year. Two things saved me that wet, foggy summer.
The first was a job at the local pizzeria, where Gina, a wise-cracking
New Jersey girl — everyone swore we were sisters — taught me to toss
rounds of dough high in the air and, much harder, catch them again. She
also let me play with the brick oven. I loved Gina.
The second bit of salvation arrived one night when I met Becky and we instantly became BFF, before there even were BFF. This bread, made in loaves, was Becky's favorite. I baked some every week or so for years and years. Then Becky and I lost touch. I also mostly stopped baking this bread. Both sad things.