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As many of you have read, all my camera equipment was stolen out of my suitcase last week while flying US Airways. The airline refuses to help me in any way. Given all of your comments it seems that my experience is the norm. Shame on US Airways!

I wish I had the means to just go out and buy a new camera, but alas, I have not had steady work in a while (still looking for a full time job for anyone out there hiring) and it’s going to take me quite some time to save up to buy a new DSLR.

One piece of great news though is that Nikon and MWW rock. They heard my sad story and decided to lend me a Nikon D80, lens and speedlight for 30 days. Hopefully in that time either US Airways will decide to compensate me, I’ll win the lottery (anyone know good numbers to play?), someone will offer me a great job, or my new company idea Geekertising will take off so I can afford a new one.

I have to say I really love the D80! I’m a bit concerned as jdw2000 warned in a comment that I might get hooked on this upgraded model and not want to go back to my sweet little D40x when I can afford a replacement.

Check out these pictures I took with the D80 of my bunnies playing outside yesterday:

Dutch Bunny Rabbit Shimi CarrotsBunny rabbits kissing

I also tried out Viddler for the first time yesterday and made this by stringing together pictures I took:

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Leora Zellman with her D40X before it was stolen from US Airways

Coming back from an amazing time in NYC for Internet Week, I was reminded why one should never check bags. I flew from New York to Chicago with a layover in Philadelphia all on US Airways. When I arrived at my final destination my bag was missing. I filed a complaint and was told it should arrive on the next plane and would be hand delivered to me that night. 24 hours later it finally arrived…well some of it did.

My bag had been picked through and the following items were stolen:

  • Nikon D40X DSLR Body
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX
  • 55-200mm f/4-5.6 ED AF-S DX
  • Nikon camera remote
  • Nikon SB-600 Speedlight
  • lens polarizers
  • lens cleaning cloth
  • 2 Nikon camera batteries
  • Package of 12 lithium ion AA batteries
  • 2 GB SD card
  • 3-4GB SD cards
  • Nikon brand camera case
  • Silver Necklace
  • Silver chain attachment for Purse
  • Adobe mobile charger (from my Webby Awards goody bag)

I then remembered that Matt Mullenweg from WordPress also had camera equipment stolen on a recent flight. I re read this blog post and was shocked at the similarities.

  • US Airways
  • Philadelphia
  • Had Nikon Camera Equipment stolen
  • Bags were missing at first then showed up ransacked
  • Were both given the run around by the airline

According to US Airway’s policy they aren’t liable for the following items being damaged or misplaced while in their care:

  • silverware
  • negotiable papers/securities/documents
  • spirits
  • precious metals/stones
  • books/manuscripts/publications
  • optics
  • natural fur products
  • sound reproduction equipment & related items
  • keys
  • antiques/heirlooms/collectibles
  • photographic/cinematographic audio/video equipment & related items
  • blueprints
  • artistic items
  • computer hardware/software & related items
  • jewelry
  • lifesaving medication
  • business samples/equipment/documents & irreplaceable items

So what do they cover?

With the level of security in airports these days how can this go unnoticed? US Airways needs to clean up their act.

And I will never check bags again. Lesson learned.

Now for the 4 reasons Not to Fly US Airways:

  1. They do not care about their customers
  2. Their planes are old, stinky, and well, they just “plane” ole’ suck
  3. According to US Airways, the customer is NOT always right
  4. They are aware of problems at airports and plan on doing nothing about them

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UPDATE:

The amazing people over at MWW and Nikon heard about my sad story and are lending me a Nikon D80 for 30 days. Thank you guys!!!!

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Lebowski Fest on Shabbos?

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This is an outrage!  I found out about Lebowski fest a few hours ago and started getting really excited.  It’s in Chicago at a gorgeous theatre.  For the 10th anniversary of one of the best movies ever The Big Lebowskithey’re projecting the original 35mm film print!  Then they’re having a big bowling party the next day.

I was about to buy tickets when I noticed the dates.  March 7-9!  They’re playing the movie on Friday night and then bowling on Saturday! 

Why am I so upset about this?  Because I’m Jewish and I don’t go to movies, don’t drive in a car, don’t go listen to bands and I sure as shit don’t f*#$ing roll on Shabbos!

If you haven’t seen the movie you probably think I’m crazy.  Rent it and then you’ll understand what an outrage this is.  Walter would be so upset!

 

Walter Sobchak: I told those fucks down at the league office a thousand times that I don’t roll on Shabbos!
Donny: What’s Shabbos?
Walter Sobchak: Saturday, Donny, is Shabbos, the Jewish day of rest. That means that I don’t work, I don’t get in a car, I don’t fucking ride in a car, I don’t pick up the phone, I don’t turn on the oven, and I sure as shit
[shouts]
Walter Sobchak: don’t fucking roll! Shomer shabbos!
The Dude: Walter…
Walter Sobchak: Shomer fucking shabbos.
The Dude: Oh fuck it.

They’ve added a second day of bowling on Sunday but I think I might just have to boycott the whole festival.  If I can’t see the movie then what’s the point?  Maybe I’ll have to organize my own Lebowski fest starting Sat night?  Hmm…

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