Dropped my camera in a bucket of water two days ago . Might as well admit that right up front .
I had it hooked on my belt . When I went to use the toilet I loosened my belt and heard the splash . You see, we were over on our friend Jurek’s island — no electricity , no plumbing . He has put in a nice outhouse toilet set -up , and to flush ( no running water ) the bucket full of water is ready and waiting .
Damn camera saw that water and decided to take a quick swim . Clean water ; don’t get the wrong idea ; but , cameras , as far as I know , aren’t generally very good swimmers and ought , in my opinion , to stay away from water . This one wanted to take a quick dip and it took the dive before I knew what was happening .
So I went out today to scout out the price of cameras in Poland . I found a good one , twenty pixels , 5X telescopic lens . Price was good at the second shop I found .
But , somehow , I had a vague notion that my old camera would dry out and recover . Dreaming . Wishful thinking . But sometimes wishes come through . When I got home from the electronics shops I recharged the camera battery again , shoved it back into the camera , and hit the ‘on’ button . Again .
It worked . I figured I had just saved about ninety bucks for the camera I had planned on buying . The old camera fired up ; the lens extended . All was well .
I swear these electronic devices do it on purpose , just to taunt me . Yeah , I take it personally , but it bothers me less and less . They want me to blow a fuse — pardon the pun , if it is a pun . They do it on purpose to irritate me . The more irritated I get , the happier they are . It’s a peculiar type of aggression , electronics aggression .
I can deal with it pretty well these days , though . I know their game . The trick is to wait them out , reveal no frustration , know that they sometimes like to play dead . They have to do it , perhaps . Probably it’s hardwired into their cold hard little souls , this need to taunt humans . I know it can’t be just me they do it to !
So , the camera gave up the taunting treachery pretty quickly ; saw that I would’t be too bent out of shape with it’s sudden shenanigans. There was no fun in that for the devious device and it decided to give up the game .
I don’t know anything about electronics , but I can outsmart a camera , at least , beat it at its own game . It’s not rocket science . Their brains are tiny .
Ah , we’re probably losing the battle with the electronic world , we humans , from what I see , but if we finally surrender , it won’t be because of me . I’ll continue to resist , and I’m stubborn .
I hope my flickering -screen laptop is listening ! Are you listening ? You can’t win , buddy !