Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 62, low 38)
Our warm weather has ended and another cold front has moved into central Florida. We don’t mind though. At least the sun is shining.
We’ve been busy but have done absolutely nothing fun or picture worthy. We went to the dermatologists office for our annual skin check. Al wanted to also talk to him about the poison ivy he has been plagued with for weeks.
The doctor wasn’t convinced Al’s rash was poison ivy. He gave him some sort of cortisone cream in a large jar. He said it could be some sort of allergy and that if it didn't clear up, to come back and they could biopsy the skin to get a better determination. The cream seems to be working very well and Al has finally gotten some relief from all the itching.
After we left the doctors office, we stopped by the camera repair shop where my beloved little Cannon SX 50 HS waits repair. I bought that camera in May of 2013. I made the mistake of not buying an extended warranty, which would have been very inexpensive at Sam’s Club where I bought the camera.
Sometime last summer, shortly after the warranty ran out, the camera died. Canon was no help and estimated the repair cost at nearly what I paid for the camera. Once we got back to Tampa, I found a reputable local camera repair guy, who felt it could be repaired for less than $200, but it turns out Canon doesn’t sell the new lens assembly that we need. I don’t why, and I’m not happy with Canon about this. If I didn’t love this camera so much and if there was anything else comparable, I would not give Canon any more of my business.
We decided to go to Target to look at the newer and better version of the camera, the Canon SX60 HS. It has a better and more powerful zoom lens and better processor. It was on sale for $499. At this point, we were running out of options and no other brands of cameras have the super powerful zoom (stalker) lens of the Canon.
It turned out that Target had one display SX 50 Hs camera left, which is the same as my damaged camera. They weren’t sure they could sell the display camera, but we got a manager involved and got the camera for a great price of $214! That’s about what the estimated repair would have been if we had been able to get the part we needed. Yes, we bought a 2 year extended warranty for $30. I’m sure I’ll end up with the SX60 at some point, but for now I have my favorite camera back…..with an extended warranty. Sometimes you get a deal!
Lesson learned. Buy an extended warranty. Electronics aren’t made like they used to be and I’m hard on them.
Al is scheduled for his rotator cuff surgery next week. It’s not going to be a fun Christmas for us this year, but at least it will be done and we can get him healthy enough to go to the Keys. He will need some physical therapy. We’re not sure how long that will take, or when he will be able to function enough to do what he needs to do to get the motorhome to the Keys. Our departure date is up in the air right now, but since our Rv lot is rented through January, we can’t go before then anyway. We’re hoping for early February, but as always that depends on my Mom.
In the meantime, we’re dreaming about the Florida Keys.