Linda’s Pet Peeve List


Hitting my Pet Peeve List just under Car Problems is Electronic Problems.  I believe I”ve mentioned this before, but my lap top took a dive about three months ago.  It would turn on, but I couldn’t get passed the first page of the 1980’s digital font on the “Something’s Wrong” page.  I couldn’t remember all that was stored on there… but I did know our D.C. trip and skiing pictures were only on the laptop.  There was also some of my writing on there too.  We found out we could recover the data for a mere $50 and then throw out the lap top.  This was the laptop that I faithfully watched Netflix movies on while I sewed Bags for Zaza.  I was missing my movies… the portable CD movie player that has a 7″ screen, just wasn’t the same.  Sigh. 

The good news:  seems my laptop just needed a three month nap.  It woke up and all is fine.  My dad copied all data and photos… but I’ve watched Miss Potter twice since my computer came back to me. “There’s something delicious about writing the first words of a story….”

On to current electronic challenges.  Well, 2007 is not current, but the resolution was.  Our video camera battery died.  We would charge it for 2 hours and it would produce 5 minutes of juice for our viewing pleasure.  Our entire video life is captured on 8mm tapes from 1993 to June 2007.  That was when we discovered that the battery needed is an antique… unavailable… not manufactured any more.  Bummer.  So, we asked for a video camera for Christmas because we definitely need to take one to Colombia to capture Zaza’s entrance into the wild and crazy Crosby family.

Fast forward to three nights ago when we had family video night… we decided to check eBay.  Low and behold, there was our prized possession of a battery for $11.49 and free shipping.  Hallelujah!  It’s on its way.

So, last night we are at my parent’s home and trying to take the annual family picture in front of the Christmas tree and the memory card is NOT in the camera.  Oh well.  I deleted some pictures of Larisa’s clay Stonehenge and Trixie sleeping under a laundry basket to make room on the internal storage.  THEN (insert sinister music here) I arrived home to upload the family pictures on the computer and the cord doesn’t work!  WHAAAAAT?  So, it’s onto eBay to find a new camera cord.  Will this ever end?

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7 Responses to “Linda’s Pet Peeve List”

  1. Grumps Says:

    No, it never ends! Gram

  2. morethananelectrician Says:

    It is why I collect extra modems, routers, cables, cards. I just limit is to one three drawer cabinet. All of that planning still has us coming up on the short end of the cable stick about 25% of the time.

    This may sound bad, but we even plan our purchases on the types of cables that they use. So when one thign goes bad, we have an extra cable on standby.

    It never ends.

  3. LaVonna Says:

    I’m right there with you Sister! I purchased a “universal” ac adapter to play my digital camera without using the batteries yesterday. Did it work? Did it bring joy to my eyes so I am not draining battery after battery and can use electrical power from the house? Nope, nada, niltch, nothing. Went online and found out it is not available to purchase at Kodak. So, my adventure begins…again.

  4. Jill Says:

    It’s all a big conspiracy to get you to buy a new camera, video recorder, computer….. and any other electronic device about once every two/ three years or so. They have lots of new stuff to sell you, so why make parts for the old ones?? If Maverick would ever sell that purple people eater out in front of the house – you could get a new video camera! Of course, you need to video tape someone buying that thing…. because it would be a miracle. :)

  5. rixgal Says:

    Jillybean, Before we had the ebay epiphany about the ancient battery, unbeknownst to me, Rick had already purchased a new fangled smaller-than-my-fist video camera. AND, here’s the good part….. it’s the SAME COLOR as his car that is stuck in our driveway. Purple-blue. It’s worth more than the car too. :o)

  6. Jill Says:

    OK – video camera problem solved. Now, what do we do about the car??!

    A Willy Wonka colored video recorder?

  7. cartoonsbysheila Says:

    I’m into pet peeves and pet hates too – big time! If you’re interested, you might check out my cartoon blog at
    Cheers, Sheila

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