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Well, hi! Say hello to Rosaleah. She’s my new Nikon Coolpix L20. This picture was taken with my mother’s cell phone (since, people reading this may remember, I have no other camera now), so it sucks. But still, I wanted to show her off a little.

My old Camille is still gone, and I have this policy that if fixing something costs half as much as buying a new one of whatever it is, and you’ve got the money, you’d better buy the new one.

And since the L22 has an optical zoom of 3x whereas the L20 has an optical zoom of 3.6x (it makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?), I went ahead and bought the L20. It’s pretty much the same as my L16. I considered the Canon A495, because it has manual ISO override, but then found out that is only in Auto mode, and I never use it. I’d rather be able to choose different Scene modes, and the L20 has a lot more than the A495.

So, yeah, I’m a much happier person now. I can look at my photos without having my soul fall to my feet. Hopefully I’ll be resuming regular posts now and stop these ramblings.


On the mend

No, my camera is not on the mend, but at least I am. On the one hand, my computer is back and fully functional, and it’s refreshing to remember what it was like when it was new. No more black outs, no more acting out. It actually does what I tell it to. Go figure.

My camera, on the other hand, is in intensive care. There is no Nikon technical service where I live (it’s moments like this when I curse living in a small city), so it’s been shipped kilometers away from me. And you know what technical services are like. They say I’ll get an estimate of how much repairs will cost (if it can be repaired) in about a week. Translated into normal human time, that turns out to be at least two weeks. Which means I’d have it back in over a month. Full-scale panic attack ensued. Now I understand what my friend felt when her boyfriend moved to another province.

On the upside, I’ve started browsing for new cameras. There is the Nikon Coolpix L22, an upgraded version of my L16, and there’s also the Canon A495. Both are similar to the one I had. I wish I could buy a real DSLR camera, but the dollar price here in Argentina is about 4-1. Definitely out of my league.

Plus, my father expressed an interest in keeping my old camera if it does get fixed, so I don’t feel so bad about buying a new one just because I can hardly wait a month or two. Not to mention, I’ve had really bad experiences trying to get electronic devises fixed. My old TV, my old DVD-player, a really old VCR, and my mother’s first cell phone all broke down again after being repaired. And there were no refunds, mind you.

I’ll do some offline research tomorrow, see what’s available and how much it’ll hurt. Who knows, maybe I’ll come back home with a new baby. Maybe I’ll quit moping around like my cat had been ran over by a bus (that’s all I need now, my poor kitty).

Again, wish me luck if you’re reading this.



Today is clearly not my day. Maybe it’s Valentine’s Day’s way of taking revenge on a non-believer. I wouldn’t know. All I know is my computer is crashing (it’s working now, but heaven knows when it’s going to black out again), and tomorrow it’s going to the surgeon. The surgeon being my father, hopefully by tomorrow afternoon it will be formatted and functional.

But even worse, my camera is dead. I took some lovely shots of the sunset this evening, came back home, downloaded them to my computer, and all was well. I went to turn it on a few minutes ago, and puff, all I see is static. I guess it could be the LCD. The technician will tell me, because first thing in the morning I’m paying him a visit. To me, having my camera die is the equivalent to breaking up with your significant other, on Valentine’s Day, no less. Is my life ironic, or what?

I can’t tell just how depressed I am right now. I’m sure in a week I’ll be looking back and feeling endlessly relieved that this is over (there are loans and credit cards, I know can get a new camera even if I don’t have the money right now). But hell, that camera is a piece of my soul. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Maybe it can be fixed.

I was going to post some of the pictures I took yesterday and today, but just thinking about them makes me sad, so I’ll leave them for a better day.

If anyone’s reading this, wish me luck.