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Tuesday, July 05, 2005


This was not my best weekend ever. I did get to see my sister (who recently moved to the faraway land of Carollton, Georgia), but other than that nothing seemed to go right.

On Saturday, the first of a few vintage chandeliers I bought from eBay arrived. Whoopeee! I was so excited. Opened the box and found THIS:

Yep, it broke in shipping. The person I bought it from didn't wrap the shade separately from the metal part. Very smart. So now I'm sad about a lovely old shade getting broken, and I'm annoyed that I have to deal with this.

Sunday was fairly uneventful other than a weird pain in my shoulder. (but now I'm just whining)

Monday at Darwin's family event, my digital camera broke. From the Amazon reviews, this sort of problem is common for this camera, but that doesn't make me feel any better. The lens got stuck or something, and it says Error # Somethingorother on the screen and to check the user guide. What does the user guide say on this subject? Call customer service. Wonderful.

So, yes, I am pitching a little foot-stomping fit right now. I am addicted to my digital camera (as you've probably noticed), and I'm still sad about the broken light. And I have a headache. And not enough people ate my cake.

Oh wait, I thought of something good ... Darwin installed the first two cabinet knobs, and they look great. He also put on the last of the cabinet doors. The kitchen is lovely!

I'd show you, but there's that digital camera problem again.


Jocelyn said...

how could they not eat that cake? :)

I am the same way with my internet service or cable- if it goes out- I feel like I am stranded on a desert road of something.

and I can't believe someone would ship something like that- ridiculous- I hope they make it right for you.

12:56 PM  
Greg said...

What a heartbreak about the lamp. I receive two broken items in a row from EBay and almost gave up on the whole system. I didn't want to be partially responsible for any more broken antiques. The worst was an antique, oak high-tank toilet tank. The woman in FL put it in a box with no packing. I think the copper liner was the only thing that kept it from getting completely crushed.

And feel free to send me the rest of the cake.

4:01 PM  
Aaron said...

Yikes, bummer about the light fixture. We had a similar experience with the medicine cabinet we bought of eBay for our bathroom--no adequate packaging. We ended up salvaging it and still used it, but it was more of a headache than we expected...

11:44 PM  
Anonymous said...

Hey! I live near Carrollton. It's not that bad. At least it's a college town!

11:54 PM  
Chris said...

That is so sad about the lamp.

I am knocking on wood that I haven't had any bad luck with things breaking from ebay. I hope the package was insured.

7:35 AM  
Kristin said...

Thanks for the condolences, everyone. I knew you would understand my sadness about the shade. :(

Anonymous, Carrollton is a very nice town ... I just miss my sister. She's only two and a half hours away, so it's not too bad. She's a photographer for the newspaper there, so you might've seen her work.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous said...

Are y'all getting a lot of rain down there?

1:14 PM  
Kristin said...

Yep, it's been steady all day.

4:47 PM  
mindy said...

Oh no........ so sorry about the lampshade. That's so disappointing.

Hope you're having better luck with your camera now. Ours is out of batteries AGAIN, and that's bad enough!

9:06 AM  
DewGuy said...

Light: Bummer. Sorry to hear about this, do you have any recourse with the seller? Are they going to give you your money back?

Camera: Again, sorry, I bet it's a Canon? I don't have one, but have been researching different models and brands and this seems to be a widespread problem across Canon's entire consumer line. Here's a thread from the Forums at the "Digital Camera Resource Page" that deals with this problem http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3810
There's also talk there of a possible class action lawsuit. I'm sorry to say that there's not a good outcome to the problem (unless it's under warranty) and even then it still can recur.

Please keep us updated on the outcome of both of these situations.

12:03 PM  
Kristin said...

Actually, the camera's a Kodak, but I've read on Amazon that a lot of the reviewers have had this kind of problem.

8:48 AM  
DewGuy said...

In addition to Canon, I've found that Nikon digicams also have problems with the lens getting stuck. I guess, I get to add Kodak to that list. This is looking like it's an industry wide problem. Bummer, I was really looking forward to a digicam, but now I don't think I want to waste my money on one.

9:32 PM  

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