24×24 Arrived

24×24 Arrived

My 24×24 arrived.  What’s that?  It’s a 2 foot by 2 foot light panel I plan to turn in to a studio light.  Awesome, eh?

This thing is only about 1/4″ thick and plastic on the front, aluminum everywhere else.  It didn’t come with a plug and the power supply is separate.  I can think of a lot of uses for something like this.

  • a faux window where it is always daylight outside
  • a ceiling tile light (that’s what it is meant to be)
  • a softbox for a studio (my plan)
  • a huge desk light
  • a light table

The rest of the parts are supposed to arrive tomorrow.


Around lunchtime, I took a friend to lunch.  He’s suffering with dementia and this would give his wife a break from her caretaking duties.

We drove to lunch and on the way he told me stories of his past.  For him, I think this gives him comfort in that he can remember those details.

Later I learned it is best to not ask specific questions like, “When’s your birthday?”

Questions like that appeared to be embarassing to him if he couldn’t answer them.  I could tell when I asked a question like that because his brow would furrow and he’d think for a while and then say, “I don’t know.”  But, questions like, “What do you like to eat?” were more easily answered and didn’t cause him consternation.

He did tell me a few times he didn’t like onions, and so that became the laughing point of the day.  Something would come up and one of us would say, “As long as it doesn’t have onions,” and we would both laugh.

I learned a lot about Tom.  I learned he was a SeaBee in the Navy.  He owned a Piper Cherokee and was a pilot.  He worked for General Motors in Rochester.  He loves bass fishing and camping in the 1000 Islands.  He is good friends of Bob Beavers, Bart Dahneke and Gary Morse, and he as a son and daughter.

It was a good time.  Tom’s a kind, gentle person, and I hope as his dementia worsens with time he stays that way.