Goal Zero Disappointment

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As you may remember, I had a Goal Zero Nomad 20 portable solar panel. I loved it the few months I had it, and I used it all day every day.

Then one day, it died. Under warranty, with good customer service and friendly staff, the manufacturer sent me a  replacement.

Happily, I took the new panel out of the box and plugged in one of my two Guide 10 power packs.

Nothing. No charge light. I check the cable and when I touch it, the charge light comes on, let go, it goes off. Intermittent (bad) cable.

I emailed the manufacturers and they want me to check all this stuff. “Yeah, it all works, except the bad cable”. I know a bad cable when I see one.

So now, customer service doesn’t seem so good, but really, the problem is on my end, I don’t feel motivated to go through the motions of  getting another panel.

I’m very very disappointed (I should type “very” a bunch more times in this sentence). I woke up at 4 this morning, thinking about it.  I got up and decided to write about it here..

I figured those cables were the weak  point before I bought it. They are permanently attached and cannot be removed/replaced. Plus the storage pouch stays full of all these cables that never get used. I only used one, sometimes two. It would be a better design if there were jacks that you could plug the cable you need into, instead of an octopus of cables coming out of a box. The jacks could be very strong. The cables could be  easily replaced. It would be far superior. Although I must point out that it wasn’t the cable that failed the first time, it was something in the electronics.

I  bought a new connector, and am ready to cut the bad one off and solder the new one on. I guess I should do that today, but I think I’ve “fallen out of love” with my Nomad 20 solar panel I want to find a new model and manufacturer, something more durable and with a better design.

Like I said: I’m very very disappointed and I should type “very” a bunch more times in this sentence.

This is a rare Sunday post.  I didn’t post Thursday because of a massive dog mess that I woke up to and had to clean up. Then Thursday afternoon I dropped my motorcycle off to get a new tire and had to leave early Friday morning to catch the bus to work, hence no Friday post either. Now it’s Sunday and tomorrow we’re going to Costa Rica! I’m off work till April 9th!

Sure do wish I was taking my solar panel with me to Costa Rica, Costa Rica is a good place to have a solar panel.

Goodweekend

It’s Monday after a good weekend.
I went to the beach and laid on my sundeck. The only productive thing I did all weekend was plant some bougainvilleas. Thank you spell checker.
Work should be busy this week. I’m going to try to not get emotionally involved.
That’s it! Have a good week.

Redonkulous Friday!

I wanted to post pictures today, but they’re on my memory stick and i’m having problems. The dang icons on the file explorer I have are so small I can’t pick the pic because I can’t see them.

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Redonkulous.

Glad it’s Friday though.
Have a good weekend!

Back From the Brac with Travlin’ Tim

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Travlin Tim at the lighthouse

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Travlin Tim on the Brac bluff

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flowers, tiny tiny

These are a few pictures from Cayman Brac yesterday. Most of the pictures I took were boring work related pictures. Rusty towers that need painting and whatnot. I’m just beginnng to get them sorted. I have to mix my phone pics and camera pics and then I can post some more pics. (If there’s any worth it)

I tend to fall behind on my picture “maintenance” I have lots of pictures that need to be renamed and put in their albums.

I’m yammering. brain damage. need coffee.

See ya tomorrow.

Brac Tomorrow and Weird Dream

Tomorrow I’m going to Cayman Brac for work. Doubt I’ll be able to post tomorrow. Maybe when I’m waiting at the airport.

Had a weird dream about e-cigarettes last night. I went to a liquor store to buy a $10 e-cigarette, and ended up with spending $80 on this big ecig that looked like a bong. And my wallet got stolen but the liquor store lady got it back, (minus the money)

Weird.

Have a good day!

The You Tube Game

This weekend I invented what I call the YouTube Game

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It’s a fun game you play by yourself. Here’s what you do. First of all, get your best sounding headphones and plug them into our YouTube device. I was on my phone.

Think of a song you really really like.
Find it on YouTube.
Listen to it on your headphones.
Enjoy it to the max.
While the song is playing, scroll down below and find another song you really really like.
It can’t be the same song by a different artist and it can’t be the same artist.
When the current song has finished, (skipping to the end is against the rules), play your next song.
Repeat.

The game is over when:
There is no suggested song that you really really like.
There is no suggested song that is by a different artist or song title.
Every suggested song is one that you don’t really really want to hear at that particular moment.
The batteries on your device die or your internet drops out. (it happens here)

When any of the above happens, you win!

You must keep playing till you win!

I played for a couple of hours Friday night. It ended for me when  every suggestion was Ozzy Osbourne. I covered a wide range of excellent music that I hadn’t heard in a long time before I got to the end. It was fun!

Try it!

Have a good week!

That Moment

I like the moment when I got up, showered, got dressed, got the dogs out, got my coffee and finally sit down to post my post. Not so much  posting the post, but the sitting down part.

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Especially on a Friday. Especially on a Friday the 13th! Friday the 13ths are good luck days for me, not bad luck. Days. Same as black cats. Good Luck

My trip to Cayman Brac got delayed till next Wednesday.

That’s good.

It’s all going to be good today. Believe me!