Meanwhile Back at the Lily Pad

slide projector

As noted in my previous post I had hopped on the decluttering wagon. While tidying up around the lily pad, I came across old slides that belonged to my husband. He wasn’t sure what was on them. I remembered that the library has audio visual equipment (both old and new)  that can be checked out for just such situations. I began to formulate a plan. My library project is to read my way through the library and to take advantage of the many services offered, I decided that now was the time to do some exploring of the equipment that could be checked out. I had checked out old overheads in the past, but I had never checked out the slide projector. By viewing the slides, I would be able to appropriately put the “keepers” into some kind of logical order and be able to know what was on them.

Since my husband was back in college at the time, we had to make our own entertainment. I decided that we would do an old fashioned slide show complete with popcorn and drinks for our date night. This somewhat reminded me of old fashioned home movie night back in the day. It was exciting since we didn’t know what our “show” was going to be about.. I teased my husband asking him if he had anything to confess before we viewed the slides. I’m not sure he always appreciates my sense of humor. Approaching the big date night, I checked out the slide projector  and an extra carousel. A few days later I also checked out a large movie screen on a tripod stand. I purchased our drinks and popcorn from a local store. Both carousels were loaded with slides. The night of the big date finally arrived. All that was left to do was pop the popcorn and set up the screen and the projector.

Though this wasn’t the most romantic date night, it did turn out to be rather comical. In the first place I had never used a slide projector and didn’t even know how to load one. While I was popping the popcorn, my helpful husband was setting up the projector. This went well until he picked up the carousels I had loaded. Who knew that slides can only be loaded from one direction? Needless to say when he picked up the carousels, all of the slides fell out all over the floor. We’re talking about a lot of slides! We got a good laugh out of that. Determined, I patiently reloaded the slides from the correct side this time and the carousel was set in place. My husband had previously had to use slide projectors for former jobs. We decided he would be the projector operator. Lights went out and the “show” had begun.

Our “show” was quite interesting since apparently not only do the slides have to be loaded from the top of the carousel, it seems that they also have to be loaded forward and right side up! So, some of the slides looked right, some were presented in mirror image, some were sideways or upside down. We were certainly getting practice in spatial relations! The slides themselves turned out to be a mixture of former college days, nature pictures, various airplanes, and Germany. Many of the slides had to be narrated by my husband so I would know what I was looking at. I learned a lot about him that night that I didn’t know before. A few of the slides were of friends my husband had before I met him. This prompted him to tell me stories of his life I hadn’t heard before.

Overall I would say it was a good date night with moments of comic relief. I loved learning more about my husband. I also loved being able to get the slides organized into general catefories and stored correctly. I’m grateful to the Fulton County Public Library for use of equipment, making a memorable night with my husband possible.

7 thoughts on “Meanwhile Back at the Lily Pad

  1. This was a lovely and memorable night for you. We are glad that you had slides to share. My husband doesn’t even like to have his picture taken. Let alone put on slides. But he does love me, as he has been patient with me through the years. We have to sacrifice a lot right now. We were hit by a signal 3 super typhoon on the 14th. We are still without electricity and it will be quite awhile before it will be fixed. Thank you for sharing.

    Not according to this one, but you also did a blog on simplicity. We every day, we have to pump water into 30 and 45 gallon containers. No running water. We have to dip water and pour on ourselves to take baths. We do not have a shower head or a bath tub. We do not use hot water heaters here. Cooking is done over gas burners by LP tank. Also we have to use battery operated flashlights or use candles. My husband is a pastor, and while he was straining to read the Bible, and to make notes, the candle came off of the bottom of the coffee cup and landed in his lap. Fortunately the candle went out as it his lap. But candle wax went on him and the Bible he was studying. Also we wash our clothes by hand. So here in the Philippines, we do live rather simply. I am a very simple women. I do not wear much jewelry. The cheap jewelry makes me itch. Although I think if it is surgical steel it is okay. I can wear a little fashion jewelry but have to be careful. Not sure if this is what you had in mind on your previous post or not.

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    1. I was sorry to hear about the typhoon and also that your electricity is still out!

      This post is also somewhat about simplicity because it shows that couples don’t have to spend a lot of money or go anywhere fancy for a date. With some creativity we can always create our own entertainment/date nights. This particular date night was cheap. All it cost was the price of some popcorn and two drinks (about $4.00 in the US).

      In the US, we are pretty spoiled. As long as the water bill gets paid, almost everyone has running water and either a tub or a shower. Some people here do have LP tanks.

      I have the same issue with jewelry. I break out and itch if there is ANY kind of a false alloy in the jewelry.


  2. When times were tough my husband and I were determined to continue date night so we would go to Taco Bell and then to the Dollar Cinema. Sometimes we went to Barnes and Noble and browsed or read. I loved this post. I found myself anxiously awaiting the reveal of what was on the slides. What a find! I almost wished I was there.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. Doing things together doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Sometimes the things that are very cheap or free are my favorite kind of date nights. Wish you could have come to the “reveal”! Next time I find unknown slides, I will invite you! 😉

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