And many of our readers oohed and aahed, and some of our readers announced that they had already purchased ones themselves, or were about to, or would like to purchase one. Damn good camera, we all agreed.
On Monday, June 13, 2011 we were on our way to Yosemite National Park to record the astounding effects of the 2010-2011 winter snowfall on the towering waterfalls, and the wonderful, still new, Panasonic Lumix Camera DIED. “System Error (Focus).” Thursday, June 16, we trotted down to Groveland to a camera shop and displayed the ailing if not already dead Panasonic Lumix Camera to the proprietor, describing the System Error (Focus) message. The proprietor clucked and said something about that being one of three fatal errors that can’t be fixed. And even if it could be fixed, to have someone even look at the camera would cost about $100.
We bought from him this sparking new claret colored Nikon Coolpix Camera, so we’d have something to use in Yosemite National Park in addition to Suzy’s Kodak.
In the meantime, we had company. John and Anne Corrigan are friends of long standing, although they do regularly sit down. I met John when I joined the Knights of Columbus in San Lorenzo, CA in about 1987, and the ladies joined in shortly thereafter.
|John and Suzy on the Internet.|
Saturday we went on line again from the Thousand Trails Lodge to work through Panasonic’s repair / return system, only to be told that the camera model we reported was not covered under their policy! How can that be, when the first representative told us that it would be replaced? The website gave us a phone number to call – from here, where we don’t have phone service! Put that project on hold, while we still aren’t visiting Yosemite!
Next, we found four – count ‘em, 1,2,3,4 – messages from PayPal, putting us on limited service, then telling us that our account may have been compromised – contact us immediately. We contacted them immediately on line, and they said they’d call us if we gave them our phone number. We did (even though we have no phone service up here) and they replied that they could not confirm a cell phone number! We have two cell phones, each with a different number, but so what? They want a land line, or we can communicate with them by mail. But of course, they can’t deal with a post office box, which our mail forwarding service address is. They have to have a physical residence, but we are a few hundred miles from our winter residence! Ah, they say, call us! WE DON’T HAVE PHONE SERVICE! WE DON’T HAVE EASY INTERNET ACCESS, AND THEY DON’T LIKE OUR INFORMATION ANYWAY!
Have you ever been to Oakdale, California? It’s a nice town, but a long way from here, about 65 miles. That’s where we had to go to find Verizon phone service plus accessible Internet service. It’s difficult to find a wifi hotspot in a small town you aren’t acquainted with, but we eventually found Starbucks, bought two Skinny Vanilla something or others, “grande” size (which, of course, is medium), and hooked up. Two phone calls satisfied everything with the two problems: PayPal simply made corrections to our account, and Panasonic said “sure, we’ll replace that camera, just send it to us.”
What was the problem with that camera model not being covered in Panasonic’s program? Well folks, while your humble author can usually compose a simple declarative sentence, it seems he cannot always correctly read model numbers!
On the way home, we actually took time to take a few pictures. Suzy has been looking for her ideal picture of an oak tree situated by itself on a golden California hillside. She has been looking for that for years, ever since we actually lived in this state. Today we had the opportunity to find three possible ideals, sailed past them, found a spot to turn around on a busy two-lane 65mph highway, sailed past them again, repeated the turnaround, and coasted onto a wide spot in the road. Here are the pictures. Whaddaya think?
|This one is Suzy's favorite of the three.|
|Nope, no hill!|
|No, tree's kinda scaggy!|