Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The camera stopped working
But this one was already in the can. His favorite perch atop the sofa back. Once in a while he "talks" to passersby. Usually big fluffy dogs will get him to howl too. Luckily there are few of them in our neighborhood. I went to get a picture of this howling, it's so funny how he tilts his head back to do it, and the camera wouldn't turn on. I changed the batteries and still it wouldn't turn on. A quick search on the internet and I find that it's a common issue with my camera, the on-off button is fickle and sometimes won't respond. A quick check on the warranty, and yep, it expired a few months ago. I'm not sure when I'll be reequipped for photography. Even Serge's camera, handed down to him from my mother, isn't working either.
Is Mercury retrograde or something because our digital recorder for the tv also stopped working. The cable company is coming out today (sometime between 7:30am and 8:00pm, don't you just love monopolies?) to look at it. That box was awfully expensive and if it's broken I figured out we have paid $33 a month just to have the friggin box! Talk about thievery.
Then yesterday morning when I went out to go to teach, I put the key into the lock, turned it to unlock the door and then the key refused to budge. The car was unlocked but I couldn't get the key out of the lock. I tried to remain calm, but I was panicking since it was my first lecture at the college. After a few minutes of dicking around with it, I got it out. We replaced the batteries on the automatic unlocker thingy, so I'm going to avoid putting the key in the door lock from now on.
The lecture went well, but it was hairy for me. The smart board was smarter than I and for a while I switched that off and went over to the good old stand by, chalk and chalkboard. I just love (sarcastic love) looking lame in front of students. Other that that it was fine. At one point, I didn't know the answer to a question, so I made it a teaching moment, "How do you find an answer to a question you're not sure of?" Wikipedia helped us out. It was cool at the end seeing them brainstorming possible topics. It was at that point I knew I had done alright as they were engaged and energized. Whew.