A Forced Break
There are times in life when you are forced to take a step back from something that you find yourself doing EVERY SINGLE DAY. For me, that is being on my computer. I use my MacBook to edit photo shoots, to blog about our life in China, and our travels abroad, to communicate with family and friends, and also to unwind. That is A LOT of MacBook-time. In fact, since this is where I keep my photos, listen to my music, watch shows, work, and communicate — it sort of becomes something of “a lifeline”.
As most of you know, when I got to Cape Town, my computer stopped working. We tried everything but it just wouldn’t turn on. Thinking we might need to replace the hard drive, we took it to a Mac store to be looked at. They sent us directly to the store that does their repairs so that we could shave off some waiting time. I had an outstanding shoot that I needed to edit, so I was in a bit of a rush to get the repairs done. A few days later we got a repair quote for R12,000 (almost $1,000). Needless to say, I was shocked! Apparently my retina screen had died and needed to be repaired. We knew that we might be able to get it replaced for less in China, but decided to get a second opinion in the meantime. Justin took my MacBook to someone that my brother had suggested.
An Honest Opinion
The inside of my MacBook was the dustiest computer this guy had ever seen (Thank you China). Our second-opinion guy messed around with few cords and managed to get my computer back on again. He then told us that it was probably not the retina screen, but rather a small cord that runs into the screen. We were absolutely shocked that the former place had so quickly quoted a ridiculous amount of something that might not even be needed. The cord that I might need (plus the labor to instal it) will cost us less than $100!
By the time that I got my MacBook back, there was only a week or two of vacation left and I was enjoying my time. I didn’t ever get back onto my computer, but it was back in working order. Apparently that internal cord could stop working at any time, but the repair guy said to use it until it gave way. After that I could get it repaired, quite affordably, in China.
We are now back in China, my computer is still working, and I am ready to get back to blogging. Of course, I am waaaaaaay behind on everything now. I didn’t get the chance to finish the Europe stories (from last summer), so now we are THREE trips behind. I love recounting those stories, so hopefully, despite the delay, I am still able to recall what happened. Thankfully the pictures, and Justin’s very detailed memory, help me to do that.
Six weeks after the fact, I finally edited that outstanding photoshoot, and sent it to the client two days ago.
I seem to feel “out of practice” in the blogging field, so I am not sure how quickly I will slip back into it.
But we are back, the force break from blogging is over… and more stories will be coming your way shortly!