Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Frustrations

Woe is me!  After spending more than an hour online tracking down the cord to my digital camera when I first arrived here, I was convinced that that would solve my problem of being unable to access pictures off my camera.  The cord arrived today . . . and it was the wrong cord.  In short, the seller lied about it being right for my camera.  I went to Sony's website only to discover that they won't ship here.  The cord on Amazon that I recognize by sight as being the correct one also only ships within the US.  I checked to see if my new school laptop had a slot that would fit my memory card -- again, no luck.  Finally, I realized that the only way I'll have any pictures in China is to break down and order yet another camera (making a grand total of three cameras in my possession, one of which doesn't work).  Grrrrr!  So, I broke down and ordered another camera (if I buy it here, it'll be entirely in Chinese and will cost more than what I spent online, including the cost of shipping).

To my "delight", I also discovered that I left the cord to my digital photo frame back in the USA, so there is no way to use it.  This just isn't my day for electronics.

Yuck Duck:  This entire situation with cameras.
Yay Duck:  I got a lot done in my classroom today, including significant progress on the massive 13-foot-long bulletin board.

It just occurred to me; I had camera troubles in Korea, too (fell off my bike and damaged my digital camera, then had to buy another one)!  Is this just my lot to bear when I live oversees? I have this sudden image of myself at a ripe old age, surrounded by cameras, each acquired in a different country that I lived in.

1 comment:

Jen said...

Yes, I read your blog. Because I'm kind of a creeper.

So, I'm quite sure you'll be able to find a cord here if you're camera is a pretty well known brand. I (and I'm sure the Chinese staff) can suggest a couple of places for you to take a look if you want.

"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"