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Remember how my printer stopped printing in black last week? I figured out that it needed a new printhead (the thing that the cartridges snap into).

Kodak, in keeping with their policy of making replacing parts more difficult than just buying a new product, doesn’t make it easy to get one. You can’t buy it in a store or find it to order on their website. In the spirit of Make do and Mend, though, I was determined to replace the faulty part.

Finally I got a number for Kodak tech support, spent 20 minutes on hold, then managed to convince a very polite but not particularly knowledgeable man in India (“So you are saying that you need a new printer head, ma’am?” “PRINThead. I need a new printhead”) that I didn’t want to buy a whole new printer (even with a 25% discount!) and he let me order a new one. It only cost $25 and will extend the life of the printer for another two years or so, but sweet raptor jesus it was an annoying experience.

Also, my efforts to make a “Free Snooki” t shirt are being foiled by my not being able to find iron-on letters anywhere. When I was a kid you could get them at Zellers. I may have to make a stencil and use fabric paint.

AND the poster I ordered for Ben’s birthday, which is this weekend:

"Would you like some teeeeeeeeeeea?"

will not get here until Monday at the earliest.

AND ALSO I cannot get an Archos 70 in this country. Archos, I want to give you $350 in exchange for this product. Why won’t you let me buy the damn thing? It’s not like you can’t get it here. Canada is right next to the US and you can buy them there! Actually, I’m thinking of getting my mom to buy one in Hilton Head and mail it to me, but then I wouldn’t be able to return it if there’s a problem.

OH AND TOO I wanted to post a picture of the delicious vegan muffaletta sandwich I made (eggplant, roasted red pepper, spinach, olive salad in a giant round loaf) but the EEE’s card reader stopped working AGAIN and I can’t find the nano-USB cable that connects the camera to the computer, so you’ll just have to use your imaginations.

Why does life have to be so goddamn difficult?


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