I can’t believe I forgot to mention Laurie’s other redeemable quality.
She’s a damn good photographer.
And, serentripitously, I bought a new Canon Powershot Digital Elph before this trip. And she has the same model! So I got a quick tour on all the camera’s features (the owner’s guide sadly lacked a “quick start” section, something I am a big fan of. Another usability geek thing).
While she is kind of a film snob, she does shoot digital as well.
Not only did I get great tips on taking photos, but I took a lot of pictures of her taking pictures.