Sunday, December 28, 2008

Impatient people


New Year's resolution.

I pledge greater patience. No, no, that's wrong, that implies there is any patience to be had. I pledge less impatience. That's better, that's more honest. Go with that.

I pledge that I will wait one second for anything I want. I pledge one second can be one hour, can be one day, can be one year. I pledge the next time my camera says "Beep-beep, lens cap will not open, restart," I will not hop on the internet. Nor will I believe the first post that says slam the camera against the table. I pledge that if I do that stupid step, I will not repeat it. Repeat it many times. I pledge not to feel further frustration and then slam it on the floor.

I pledge I will not take the continued "beep-beep" personally. I will not get nail scissors to pry the lens up. I pledge that I will not regret the fact that the plastic protective cap and -- other springs and stuff-- has now dislodged, and I know not what they are.

I pledge I will not resent the "beep-beep" message that the lens cap will not open and I must restart, when I know it will never open and will never restart.

I pledge I will not hate that the beep-beep is the only living thing left in this camera. I pledge I will not fling this object into the bushes and watch my lab retrieve it. I pledge I will not pull my hair as it beep-beeps in his mouth.

Apparently, in 2009, I pledge to be someone else entirely.

23 comments:

  1. And may I pledge that I might get a grip on my impulsivity and not buy every cheap lens and/or flash that AMazon has to offer in order to keep up with my fellow CDPB guys. Geez , so many gadgets so little moolah. Where is that goodlooking, rich, single, Frenchman????
    V

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  2. Karin, you might as well stamp on that camera now. It will make you feel better.

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  3. I thought cancer was going to make me more patient, but, if anything, I'm more impatient than ever.

    I like Kelly's pledge for 2009: Drink more Champagne.

    That's a resolution I think I can keep.

    Oh, and eat more yak.

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  4. I meant to say stomp. Not stamp. Huge difference in frustration release.

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  5. You're so impatient, I was still playing with my post. Susan & Virg, let's find the Frenchman and drink some of that Champagne. Vanda, stamp/stomp, I did it all, slapped, insulted, berated. The camera is as dead -- yes -- as a doornail!

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  6. KB, wasn't all you can drink champagne enuf last weekend?

    The Canon has blown its last shot? Warranty Xpired? Here's a new years resolution: look on the positive side.

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  7. CO, with digital cameras there is no negative side any more.

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  8. On the bright side... buying new camera equipment is really fun! (Just ask Virginia!)

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  9. Now if I said I was still playing with my post, you'd turn me in to the Internet Police.

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  10. The answer to Mr. Earl's... ummm "problem" is NOT B&H Photo unless he wants to document it!

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  11. Earl, I guess I deserved that, but good one Virg. Hey, thanks Ken Mac, and free shipping! I'll order today. Hope it gets here soon. Beep-beep.

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  12. Is it worth noting that problem here was your taunting, Hal-like, broken-in-the-first-place camera? It egged you on.

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  13. To berate or beret, that is the question.

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  14. Does your cell phone have a camera devise? Could do in a pinch.

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  15. Lesson in patience: Read the instructional manual which I'm sure remains in the original wrapper prior to buying the second camera. $20 says you can't.

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  16. Once a fellow middle manager complained to my VP boss thusly: 'That Heather, she wants what she wants, when she wants it!'

    My boss: 'Good. That's how I trained her.'

    Of course, I did destroy a couple of phones at that office, thanks to my famous lack of patience ... or abundance of impatience ... my, um, imbalance, shall we say? heh heh

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  17. OK. You know what makes me go ballistic? When I call a company and I want to talk to person, and I have to give them all sorts of information, and then when the person comes on, they ask for the same information that you just spent 3 minutes giving. Today I called Blue Shield and I just went ballistic. Screamed into the phone. Finally I just began pressing 0 a bunch of times until a person was called. I don't know why this makes me so crazy, but it definitely does.

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  18. I'm sorry to hear about your camera. Boooohooo.

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  19. Throw that sucker away and get a new one I always say. I had more ruined photos from a Nikon that the little window thingys wouldn't open all the way on the lens. Is that what yours does? Awww kick it to the curb. KM is right B & H has good prices but I have good luck with Amazon. THey send me these little emails now telling me what they have that they know I'll just love. Really!

    Oh and KB, you find the Frenchman and I'LL buy the champagne.

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  20. I see image of you, head bowed 45 degrees due southwest, looking at the camera, yanking the delicate cover and pulling the batteries out, checking to see if they were inserted in the proper orientation, replacing them, pressing the button, spitting on your hands again, blowing on the thin opening between the circular, telescoping sections that always came to the party, but for today. I feel for you. I appreciate your impatience, your drive to make it work by throwing it against the wall, banging it, spitting on it -- again, and finally calling your techie friend to see what is wrong with the )_(*&##$%^ THING! As that say on the enclaves where the people in the know do there reside, “Things be what they be!”

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  21. I would agree with Anonymous. RTFM, I say (Read The F***ing Manual). Except the manuals are usually indecipherable.

    I feel so bad about this camera. Yer breakin' my heart and I'm not kiddin. And C.O., I don't think the warranty covers what KB put that thing through.

    A bit of surfing might find you a deal, though. I understand prices are coming down on a lot of good models. It was C.O. who told me so.

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