Summer 2000 is when my office at last acquired a Nikon CoolPix 990 and began the transition from shooting film to shooting digital. Choosing this camera for my office was a direct result of having been loaned a CoolPix 950 (predecessor model) to use during the General Conference Session in Toronto.
It would be three more years before I'd buy a digital camera of my own, and I was too paranoid to use the office camera for personal reasons. It came with me to D.C. because it was a trip for a convention (followed by some sightseeing at the Capitol area). But, by the end of the year, I felt more comfortable having it out and actually did take it on a personal trip.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada for General Conference Session, June 28-July 8, 2000
188 Photos This was my first General Conference Session experience, and outside of the U.S. to boot! As a Florida communication worker, I was recruited by the North American Division (NAD) communication office to manage an independent web site covering the Session specifically from NAD perspective.
Although the web site's original location is long since eradicated, I kept a copy of the entire site just for fun reminiscing purposes. You can see it at session2000.albj.net.
I had long been wanting to add a Flickr photo album of my experience at the Toronto Session, but I didn't want to use the tiny, scaled-down copies of photos from the web site (it was a rare sight to encounter a 1024x768 computer monitor in those days!). I thought the original photos were long lost, but I discovered them in February 2020.
I did snap a few of the photos, most notably the CN Tower trip and most of the exhibit booths, but I did so as a member of the pool of photographers covering the Session for the NAD. Therefore, I officially assign photo credit for this entire album to the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Specific to the NAD team, in addition to myself, were Nadine Dower (NAD photo coordinator), Sandra Blackmer, Ron Quick, Glenn Mitchell, Gary Waterhouse, and Nathan Zinner. Other photos were provided from the plethora of GC photographers. Caption information for nearly all these photos is paraphrased from the original web site I created.
Washington, D.C., October 22 & November 4, 2000
113 Photos These photos were taken during two back-to-back trips to the D.C. area in the fall of 2000.
Florida Panhandle Sightseeing, December 22-23, 2000
32 Photos My parents came up with the bright idea (no pun intended) for the three of us to drive up to the Florida panhandle to see several lighthouses—one of our favorite pastimes. The trip also included a visit to the National Museum of Naval Aviation.