It was a brand no one had ever heard of. It had one lens, no flash and I don't even think the light meter worked half the time, but it opened my eyes, literally and made me actually look and look again at the world around me.
Little did I realize when my uncle gave me this camera for my high school photography class that it, or a newer, more high-tech descendant would be my constant companion for the next 25+ years.
Some of my happiest times have been when I've just gone wandering with my camera. Even if I don't always get that one perfect shot, I've never considered that time wasted.