Thursday, May 21, 2009

Maybe The Buddhists Are Right.

Sometimes a bad thing happens and it ends up being good. Sometimes a good thing happens and it ends up being bad. And then sometimes a bad thing happens, gets better, and then gets even worse than before.

One of my duties at work is videotaping dance routines that will be used as a guide for animators to create CGI characters who dance. So I frequently use my personal camera for work stuff. The other day my camera got knocked off a desk while the zoom lens was extended. Naturally, the camera hit the ground lens-first and drove the lens housing a little bit into the camera body. The lens wouldn't retract, and the camera wouldn't take any pictures. Crap. I tried to wiggle the lens to no avail. That thing was STUCK. Camera repairs are not cost effective, so that was that for my poor Sony.

We have a bit of loss/damage money in our budget, so I took a chance and asked my boss if my camera could be replaced. "Sure," he said, to my surprise. "Just write up a little report and give me the camera and it should be no problem." Elated, I did just that and took the camera and report to my boss. He picked up the camera and fiddled with it for a minute before handing it back. "There you go!" he said. The lens was back in alignment and operating properly. Noting my astonishment, he said "I have kids. I can fix almost anything."

Great? Great. Right? Um, no. See, I'd had two days to fantasize about a new camera. I did all my research and had a new one picked out and ready to go. My Amazon trigger finger was itchy. I was perfectly happy with my camera until I allowed myself to shop for a new one. And now, my camera might as well have been one of those old timey deals with the accordion thing and the big black hood. I had my expectations raised and then dashed. The lens is still acting slightly wonky, so I may try to get it replaced anyway. Or I might throw it against a brick wall and say "Sorry, still not fixed."

So you see, sometimes a bad thing happens and then gets a lot better before getting all kinds of awful. Perspective is a bitch.

12 metawords:

LiLu said...

A brick wall might do it... water damage is always a sure thing, too, with less obvious tampering...

Soda and Candy said...

Ohh, I know this feeling. Like when you lose your sunnies* and you get all hyped to buy a new pair and then you find the old ones and they're all manky and scratched...



*sunnies: sunglasses

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Ha ha ha ha ha! I do this ALL the time. I don't need something then I go looking online just for the hell of it to see how much a new such and such costs and next thing, my perfectly good older one SUCKS.

Morgan the Muse said...

I know what you mean. I was perfectly fine with my old camera that did nothing. But we went into the hardware store/ verizon store/ wedding rental store (isn't Iowa glorious??) and they had this super fancy thing that did everything, and all of a sudden, I could no longer brag about having the same phone for four+ years.
But, now I can listen to my favorite music whenever I want. And I have a video camera.

Mr. Condescending said...

I hate that feeling!!!!

talesofawellfedgraphicdesigner said...

That's what you get for WANTING things. Stupid.

Peggy said...

I'd do the throwing it against the brick wall thing...that sounds like a great idea.

Incidentally, I am in the market for a new camera. Nothing fancy just something good and reliable for snapping pics of the kids and stuff. I was thinking about one of those flips...do you know anything about those? Any suggestions?

You are an advice columnist aren't you?

red said...

Stupid bosses...ruining everything!

Prunella Jones said...

Oprah tells me that you can have whatever you want if you visualize it hard enough. I guess she calls it "The Secret"? Supposedly all the rich people know how to do this. You should try it.

Of course, I've been picturing being a billionaire for months now and the only thing that's happened is that my car's transmission died, do I switched to visualizing Oprah's gory death.

Hey, it might work.

Girl Interrupted said...

I say chuck it at your boss ... you should get a satisfying result either way

Soda and Candy said...

No delicious Seven Course Sunday?

~E said...

Oh poor you! I feel the same way when shopping for a new dress only to find out that I already have a similar dress in my closet and therefore no justification to purchase the one I'd been coveting.

If you want, I can come over and knock the camera off your desk again. Then when your boss asks what the hell happened, you can honestly say "a chipmunk did it"