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Legacybox Unboxing

Well, I was pretty excited to receive my Legacybox Saturday, and planned to do a quick video showing you all what comes in the box and how Legacybox works (with plans for a follow up unboxing once I received my stuff back!). BUT, as has been the case lately, my computer's web camera, which was suddenly there yesterday afternoon after being MIA for a week or so, decided to vanish again today, so you're all stuck with a blog post with photos instead.

le sigh!

Anyway, in a nutshell, Legacybox is an awesome service where you send them some of your old-school stuff like photos, negatives, filmstrips, audio and/or video cassettes, and they will convert them into a digital format. I have recently been trying to reduce the clutter in my house, and one way was to convert my hundreds of film negatives to digital using the VuPoint converter. It's pretty cool, but for me at least, it was a frustrating and time consuming process. I had a lot of trouble getting negative images to save to the mini SD card, and sometimes I ended up with three or four copies of one image, and zero copies of others. I'm sure it was just operator error, but it was still more than I felt like dealing with on my weekends, so I did some more web searching, and found Legacybox. Problem solved!

They have four different box sizes depending on how much stuff you have to convert. I chose the Collection box, which is $375.00, and will cover 375 negatives (or a combination of other things; right now I'm only concerned with the negatives!). I'm hoping that will just about cover all the negatives I've held on to over the years! I have always been a prolific photographer, and before the digital cameras came about, all I had was film. I started taking pictures in the mid- to late-70s with my Kodak 110, later moving to a Konica 35mm and a Ricoh automatic 35mm in the 80s, before discovering (and being able to afford) digital cameras in the late 90s. So, I have a LOT of negatives!


The box itself measures 17" x 12" x 6 1/2", and contains two interior boxes which measure about 8" x 11" x 5 3/4", and comes with a pre-paid return shipping label for FEDEX. You also get a Welcome Card, Reference Card, and an Order Card which I will return with my negatives.


So, now all I need to do is grab 375 negatives, put them in the interior boxes, tape it up, slap the label on, and drop it off at my local FEDEX place, or I can even drop it at the Post Office, which is probably what I will end up doing.


 Despite knowing I had a lot of negatives, I was surprised at the actual amount. After loading up with 375 negatives (and I'm hoping I did it correctly!), I found I still have 126 negatives left! These are mostly shots for the photography classes I took in college, and therefore only have one or two pictures worth saving per strip, unlike my vacation and holiday ones where I want everything! So, I will deal with the remaining negatives myself.


 I love that Legacybox includes a checklist so I could make sure I had everything I needed, and will keep this card on my bulletin board until I receive my digital copies and original negatives back. Once I see that the images are okay, I plan to shred the negatives and be done with them forever!




So, there you have it! I'm dropping my Legacybox off to the post office tonight after my workout, and in about four weeks or so I should have my smaller, more convenient digital copies! I'm very excited about it, and I look forward to showing you all exactly how it all works out! For now, have a great Monday and a wonderful week! Cheers!

Finally, a Friday Five in June

I have missed the last two Friday Fives - mostly because there just isn't a whole lot going on over here that's interesting enough to write about. That's not likely to change, but here are a few bits of news for you I hope you will enjoy:

1.  Two new stores have opened recently in downtown Atascadero - The Book Odyssey and Socrates Coffee House. I believe I've mentioned this before, but last Saturday when mom and I were out and about, I caught a shot of both stores opened for business.

We noticed, with much delight, that Socrates is serves Jobella coffee, which is the best coffee ever, and pastries from Hush Harbor Bakery which has the best pastries ever! So, we're pretty excited to try Socrates now!

The Book Odyssey not only sells used books they also buy used books. Really it's too bad the place wasn't opened in March when we had 12 bags of books to sell! Still, we're always working on a bag or two, so it shouldn't be too long before we're frequenting this place as well as our long-time favourite, Buckets of Books.

2.  Speaking of books and Buckets of Books, I recently picked up some new (well, new to me) books there and plan to try another book haul video this weekend. If that fails, I do have a post written up as well!

3.  And speaking of coffee houses, even though Socrates has Jobella, I'm not sure they can compete with the outdoor seating Bru Coffeehouse has (provided by The Backyard). It's comfortable and fun, filled with various plants, whimsical garden décor, and inspirational messages like this one:


4. In other news, Gobo is back up on the wall where he belongs, and hopefully he'll stay there this time!

I found the stud just a half inch away from the original hole (so annoying!!), and it feels pretty solid now. I elected not to use the Command Velcro strips, as they're so thick they push the back too far away from the wall, and they you can't get the nail in very well, which may have been the problem the first time. So we'll see. Fingers crossed!

5.  And, finally, here's one of my pretty red tea roses. Sadly the other little tea rose I had died last year, and since we're in a drought, I didn't bother planting anything else in the other pot. Hopefully next year, I'll be able to get this little guy a buddy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your Friday is fantastic and your weekend wonderful! Cheers!

Teaser Tuesday: Walden by Henry David Thoreau


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.  Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read.

•Open to a random page.

 •Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. (I tend to go over this limit a LOT!)

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


So, this past Saturday my mom and I visited our favourite used bookstore, Buckets of Books in Atascadero, and finally I was able to find a copy of Walden by Henry David Thoreau! It is actually in a book that contains other writings of his as well, so I'll be able to check out Civil Disobedience and Life Without Principle someday as well! I love how this books was obviously owned by a schoolgirl (First name Susan; I couldn't make out her last name) on May 7th, 1974, as evidence by the doodles on the inside and back pages, as well as the underlines, parentheses, and other marked passages in the book! So fun!




So, without further ado, my teasers come from page 235:

The scenery of Walden is on a humble scale, and, though very beautiful, does not approach to grandeur, nor can it much concern one who has not long frequented it or lived by its shore; yet this pond is so remarkable for its depth and purity as to merit a particular description.  It is a clear and deep green well, half a mile long and a mile and three quarters in circumference, and contains about sixty-one and a half acres; a perennial spring in the midst of pine and oak woods, without any visible inlet or outlet except by the clouds and evaporation.

Sounds gorgeous, and someplace I would love to visit or even live! What books are you guys reading these days? Are you into classics, or contemporary? Horror or romance? Sci-fi, or YA? Let me know in the comments! I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting reads! Have a great Tuesday, everyone, and cheers!