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Oct 4th, 2010, 08:50 AM
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Hi Crosscheck - Re: Flickr - I put each park in a set thinking I would then put all these sets in a collection. However, I haven't been successful at that step as I couldn't get the sets in the right order. So I have abandoned that idea as I really need to start trying to refocus on my day job
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Oct 4th, 2010, 10:26 AM
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aknards, I think the impala poop spitting competitions could catch on here for kids' birthday parties. But we would have to use squirrel poop.

jessy, Gamewatchers gets an A+

renoduck, flickr gets an F- I am usually very tech savvy, but it truly is driving me insane - and delaying the final chapter of my trip report. The worst part is that Mr. Crosscheck was brilliant at downloading the photos, but he won't help prepare my "set"....or is it a collection?

(I know he is reading this...hint, hint)
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Oct 4th, 2010, 10:51 AM
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It's definitely sets

I uploaded my pictures from my hard drive by groups so I wasn't working with the full 2400, then created a set for each park. Then I dragged (or is it drug) and dropped the pictures into the appropriate set and added comments.

Once in the set you can organize / move them into the order you want. You can also organize the sets into the order you want - here's where I unsuccessfully attempted to put them into one collection.

Organize and create is the primary tool. I agree that it's not user friendly in all aspects, some tasks are easier than others and you need to stumble on how best to do it.
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Oct 5th, 2010, 10:08 PM
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Your first 28 hours in the Mara were certainly exciting! I'm sure your lack of excess baggage was the talk of the airport so that Mr. Carryon can feel very smug. I'm up to the Toys R Us in the Mara. Through the laughs, Lion Porini comes out as a real gem!
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Oct 6th, 2010, 04:34 PM
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My wife and I stayed at Porini Amboseli, Rhino, and Lion over Sept. 19-26. Cannot rave enough about the experience or the service. Had sundowners with a lion pride while the sun set and the full moon rose. Less than 15 feet from some lions. Got charged by a black rhino (not close enough to be a real threat). Hand fed a blind black rhino. Had an astronomy lesson on the southern sky (Harry at Amboseli). Heard hippos and zebra grazing within yards of our tent. Our guides and trackers worked hard to get us into positions for the most amazing photos we have ever taken.

My birthday fell during out stay at Porini Lion. My wife asked Phillip (the manager) if they could do something for it. After the dinner entree that night, we campers were all talking among ourselves when we heard the Masai singing outside. This continued for a minute or two, then the door of the mess tent opened and in came the Masai staff and guides singing and dancing -- with the chef carrying a small cake. They circled the tables a few times then stopped by me with the cake. After the chef presented the cake and lit the candles, the staff sang Happy Birthday. They ended the event with an adumu, a jumping contest. The entire camp loved it, and I was touched. After they were finished, my wife leaned over and said, "You know, you have to top this for my birthday."
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Oct 6th, 2010, 06:34 PM
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Still reading and enjoying.... Finger out, Mr Crosscheck!
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Oct 7th, 2010, 07:17 AM
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I'm not quite sure what "finger out" means. Is this a compliment or a slur? I think it is a slur. My only desire is that my family doesn't waste our hard earned money and to make sure that we get through airport crowds quickly with baggage intact.

I have stayed out of my wife's travel musings on this forum and have been secretly following her every entry and response from her fellow posters. Like many of you I have laughed out loud at her writing. She really is entertaining, but not nearly as entertaining as living and traveling with her.
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Oct 7th, 2010, 08:28 AM
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I'm sure! Hope to meet you both at a future LA GTG.
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Oct 7th, 2010, 05:37 PM
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MrCrosscheck: PLEASE help Mrs. Carry-on with her photos so we can read the Final Installment -- we are anxiously waiting for it!
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Oct 7th, 2010, 07:07 PM
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Yes, please do help her with the photos, Mr. Crosscheck. And I still think you should take a good hard look at the "design-challenged" eBags. Just in case...
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Oct 7th, 2010, 07:46 PM
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I am pleased to report that I have figured out the intricacies of flickr without Mr. C (but I do appreciate his support in general, now that he's gone public). Now I am agonizing about which photos to include. But as soon as we find out the meaning of "finger out," I will start working on the final installment.
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Oct 7th, 2010, 08:46 PM
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Neither a compliment nor a slur, Mr Crosscheck. Merely a slightly unrefined way of saying "Come along dear Mr Crosscheck.... please don't dither, old boy*" ... referring to the help with the photos and suspension of the final installment. The expression obvioulsy doesn't travel well unlike you and your family.

So, Mrs. C - you can start now, I think.


* "Old boy" of course does not suggest that you are old, and is a term of endearment... before we start again. ;-)
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Oct 7th, 2010, 11:08 PM
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Ahh, so the term "pull the finger out" isn't used across the Atlantic? It is a term we know all too well down under, and use a lot with those who are dragging the chain.........
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Oct 8th, 2010, 03:56 AM
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... what chain?...
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Oct 8th, 2010, 05:50 AM
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hahaha, this thread just gets better and better!
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Oct 8th, 2010, 05:55 AM
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by the way, I still can't view your pics. I get the cover page but no way to advance the photos. Is it just me? I'm dying to see some of these events you speak of...
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Oct 9th, 2010, 08:37 AM
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kimburu, Fingers and chains??!! Looking forward for those idioms to catch on here. Until then we will stick with the G-rated ones like "G'day mate," and "The dingo ate my baby."

twaffle, Our name for that ocean is the "Pacific."

chi_cat - We witnessed a birthday celebration like yours for a British guest. It was so moving and magical that we asked Philip if they could do it again two nights later for our unbirthdays.

aknards - You should be able to view one the one pic I posted - the one with the villagers and the Silly Bandz. I have now uploaded just about everything and am flying to NY tomorrow. I chose a flight with Wifi, so I should have enough time to arrange the set and write the final chapter. But I might want to borrow some of Leely's migration photos because mine are all overexposed.

MrCrosscheck - Could you pick up my clothes at the cleaners? Thanks.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 01:01 AM
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I can save twaffle's bacon here (not really, I just wanted to use the expression ;-) ) .... I 'learned' the expression in the UK, where I am originally from, so then it would be across the Atlantic.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 01:10 PM
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kimburu, Thanks for the clarification. Twaffle's bacon is saved. MrCrosscheck actually presented the same theory to me, but without the colorful slang. `

AN OFF-TOPIC ANECDOTE:
I am currently on an AA flight to NY which left LA at 9:30 am and is due to arrive at JFK at 6:00pm. You would think there would be a selection of snacks available, but curiously, there is NO FOOD at all on board...just a few bags of trail mix. Apparently their breakfast croissants were rated so highly on a travel site that they sold out in the first five rows.

The flight attendant was so upset about this that she told me that SHE intended to complain to management. She confessed that she had not had breakfast, so I did the right thing and opted to not buy the trail mix - she clearly needed it more than I did. And now I am eating one of the stale power bars that was still in my backpack from our trip to Africa.

FLICKR UPDATE:
Waiting for Mr. C to upload a few key missing photos, but to show you that I'm not just stalling, I will post a preview.
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Oct 10th, 2010, 01:24 PM
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