On my recent trip to Grand Rapids I left my trusty point and shoot at home. I am carrying a new laptop bag given to me by my daughter and it is tight on space (not a good excuse but that was my rationale). Anyway, I was presented several opportunities for some interesting shots, both from the plane (cloud formations), and 2 incredible sunrises. I was also upgraded to a Chrysler Crossfire convertible rental car, which I wanted to get a shot of me with the top down in 8 degree weather. Needless to say this car did not fare very well in the cold, with icy snowy roads and those wide, high performance tires. Bad choice. So let this be a lesson to all of you, don’t leave your camera at home! And don’t let the rental agency convince you that driving a Crossfire in the winter ice is cool.