It’s that time of the season when friends start to move on. Some are heading north towards home and some are heading south towards the islands. Either way, it doesn’t make saying goodbye any easier. I’m still trying to understand how it’s possible to develop such deep friendships in such a short amount of time while cruising. Do we all share that special bond knowing what it took each of us to get where we’re going? It’s not all peaches and cream bringing a boat down to the Keys and beyond. Most of us have traveled well over a thousand miles to get here. We’ve weathered storms, breakdowns, and just plain bad luck. Or is it because we all dreamed a dream and then sacrificed and made that dream happen? All I know is that goodbyes are hard, tear-filled things that don’t get easier with time.
Our friends Tim and Jill on Links, along with Bud and Jen on Sea Quest left the harbor a couple of days ago and we still miss them. But, the great thing is we’ll all meet up again somewhere, sometime this coming winter with new stories to tell and start the cycle again.
Before we left Myrtle Beach this year, we purchased a small TV for our cabin so we (Michele) could watch TV at bedtime. It was a fantastic little TV. Great picture, great sound and a built in DVD player ta boot. Loved the thing. It lasted all of two months. Just wouldn’t turn on any more. Ordinarily this wouldn’t be a big deal, just return the thing to Walmart and exchange it. But, when the nearest Walmart is 100 miles away and all you have are folding bikes for transportation, returning the thing is out of the question. So what to do? Mini project! I let Google be my friend and found out that 90% of the time when this happens to a LED TV, the culprit is usually the capacitors. So, with that knowledge in hand I headed off to Ebay and purchased the capacitors in a kit. They have kits for almost every make and model. Who woulda known? Twelve bucks and six days later I had the grubby little things in hand. Double checked the contents of the kit and oh man, wrong ones. Called the seller and five days later had the right ones. The pics and result of the project are below.
On a side note, it seems there may be a problem now with the comments. I think I solved it, but let me know if you cannot comment. Also, let me know what device you’re using to try and comment.
Saying goodbye to Links and Sea Quest. See ya next year!
Our little nautical flea market here at Boot Key..
Got the patient opened up and ready to operate on…
Transplanted the rest of the capacitors and powered the unit up. This is the result. Not the one I was hoping for. Opened her back up and inspected everything, jiggled all the plugs and turned her back on. This time, nothing. Blank screen. So, even though the operation was a success, the patient died and was buried without ceremony in the big blue dumpster in the sky. Can’t win them all, can you?