by Ernest Liu
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  • Humpty Dumpty Broken Motor

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
    Humpty Dumpty took a great fall.
    All the king’s horses, and all the King’s men
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again!

    And by Humpty Dumpty, I mean my 35mm f/2 Wide Angle camera lens. And by took a great fall, I mean hit the hard wall. And by all the king’s horses, and … okay whatever.

    I broke a motor in my lens. I was ice skating like a ninja with my camera and decided to use the wall to stop myself. Apparently it stopped the camera too. Now my $300 toy won’t focus properly, and all my pictures are fail.

    I looked into getting it repaired, and noticed that I still have my warranty! Sadly it specifies that it will not repair “Loss or damage due to neglect and/or abuse causing deterioration, mishandling, accident or failure to follow operating instructions.

    Naturally, I started going through all these different scenarios of how I could get the camera fixed without a cost. In fact, I could easily send it in with the warranty without mentioning the lovely encounter my lens had with the wall. That wouldn’t be lying! It’d just be leaving out details. It’s their fault if they don’t ask how it happened, right?

    After much contemplating (and it really shouldn’t have taken that long), I decided to send in a report of my broken lens with a description of how I broke it. The description is currently on file, and all I have to do is send in my lens and wait for a repair estimate.

    I think that as a Christian, God requires us to live an honest life. It is kind of pitiful to be looking for loopholes around God’s commandments, because He knows our hearts. I think shelling out money is worth not giving another reason to nail Jesus up on that cross. I’ve given enough reasons for that already.

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