Last Sunday during a brief period of inattention I managed to break my digital camera. I noticed that the CF Media card was feeling a little stuck when I tried to insert it into the camera. Instead of stopping, I applied a little more pressure and happened to bend two of the I/O pins. There are two Canon service centers in the states for digital cameras. My camera was wrapped in bubble wrap, placed in its original box, wrapped in bubble wrap again, placed in another box and shipped to Irvine, California with $1000 worth of insurance and track-able delivery confirmation as requested by Canon. The service center received the package at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. I will hopefully have my camera back in 7 to 21 business days. My biggest fear now is that the repair will cost almost as much as the camera.

This whole fiasco can be blamed on my stupid Canon scanner that won’t work with Linux. I needed to copy my insurance card so I could mail it to one of the labs that did Hailey’s blood work last month. I couldn’t use the scanner so I decided to take a picture of the card and then print that out. That part of the plan worked perfectly but fell apart when I decided it would be faster to plug the CF card into the printer’s media card reader instead of plugging the camera into the USB hub. My downfall came when I plugged the CF card back into the camera. What a way to ruin a day.

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