My wife received tickets, from her work, for the Oregon Zoolights, and the steam train that you ride around the zoo. Every holiday season the Oregon Zoo puts up lights, and you can get in and tour the zoo at night. It is really very nice, and the kids love it.
Nicole has been asking to go to this event for years, and we kept this trip as a surprise until the last minute. The following video gives a great sample of the lights that are on display at the zoo.
Nicole hasn’t been on the train at the zoo since she was four or so. On the way back to the station she commented, I remember the train being bigger, the ride being longer and this being more exciting. Besides her being a teenager we all had a great time. It was cold enough that you need to be bundled up, which definitely added to the holiday atmosphere.
So why the title having your tools prepared? I forgot to charge the batteries for my camera. I charged the alternate set, but I thought I had already swapped them out. As soon as I pulled my camera out and saw the location of the batteries – the official ‘I’m done, charge me location’ I knew the batteries were dead. A quick check before I left the house would have resolved this issue.
Let this be a cautionary tale about verifying that your tools are ready for use, wether it is charging the batteries for your camera or laptop, or ensuring you have all the cables for your camcorder. Your destination is the wrong time to find out you don’t have all the components you need.