I've had my cute little orange pocket sized camera for almost 5 years now. It's been all around the world with me. From a roller derby bout in Chicago to shitting in the Ambassador's toilet in Morocco. Taping a bull fight in Portugal to riding camels over the dunes in the Sahara Desert. That's where I thought she was a goner the first time.
Even though, I had carefully packed her in a ziploc bag for the journey, every time I took her out for a picture, she was sand blasted by the wind. Mid trip, she was so sand logged she stopped working altogether. But, I didn't give up on her. Mostly because I had no choice. It's really hard to get a good camera shipped to you living in Morocco. Sure, I could go into detail about the counterfeit cameras they sell in the medina and how the DPO will return anything that contains a battery back to sender and how frustrating that is, but I won't.
My little pocket pal has been with me to over 12 countries. So have my 4 other little pals. And it's one of them that dealt the fatal blow when they borrowed my camera and dropped it on the ground, repeatedly. The last blow inflicted by the fumbling perpetrator's hands was fatal, splitting it open. I tried cpr, pumping the on and off button, then gingerly pressed her back together.
While all her vital signs looked good, she must have suffered a concussion or a stroke. I'm not a clinician, so I can't say for sure. All I know is, while her vision looked fine when I checked her screen, when I downloaded them, they looked like this...
|River resting hiking Seven Bridges.|
|Jade on bridge 3, unless that was 4. One of the seven anyhow.|
I'm hoping it's just a concussion and that none of the damage is permanent. But, I fear the worst. And the timing couldn't be worse. I'm a couple days away from the photo opportunity of a lifetime. Oh sure, I could buy a new camera. But, I don't want to. I want exactly this camera because I've invested 5 years figuring out how to use the damn thing. Cause, I'm not a girl who will read the manual. Any manual, ever. While they do sell the same model in stores, they only have it in orange on-line. And you may have picked up I'm stubborn so I need it in orange.
If I order it on-line will it arrive in time? If not, will she miraculously recover and refocus back to her 20/20 self? Or will this be the biggest, worst missed photo opportunity of a lifetime?