Or..... How a good day for shooting got ruined by a dead battery. So I get done with mowing the lawns today and I'm getting ready to go down to the beach to do a little photographing. Figure they predicted high surf so it might be interesting. My wife is nagging me to get out of the house, so I hurry up and load up the bike and get out my 80-200 just in case I want to get up close to some of the waves. I get down there and park. Lock my bike to the car as I'm not interested in riding after the lawn mowing exercise (I'm lazy, what can I say?) and walk the 1/4-1/2 mile to the pier, taking some shots along the way. Once on the pier I'm really starting to get into it and am about to change lenses when the camera tells me the battery is exhausted. Opps. I guess I hurried a little too much. I haven't run out of battery enough times for it be ingrained in my planning ahead routine I guess. Oh well, I had a nice walk in the sun and while walking I got to thinking about some of the hardships I've read about others going through just to get a shot. Life could be a whole lot worse.