When we returned to our room I pulled out my camera cleaning stuff, took of my lens and cleaned the mirror like I have done numerous times before. Still fuzzy when I looked through. I pulled out my camera manual to see if I could find anything in there. Jackpot! I found that there is small turn knob thingy on the camera that adjusts the clarity of the view finder. It must have shifted when the camera was in my bag. Whoa. I adjusted it and I was able to see pretty clear now but I still had that stupid shadow. I ran the sensor clean on the camera, but that didn’t help. I figured I could deal with the shadow though, at least it wasn’t completely blurry anymore and I went to bed happy.
Day 2 was a full day at sea. Immediately after breakfast the boys wanted to go check out their clubs…we made a plan to meet up with them at lunch time. Sydney wanted to go to Bingo. Hey, you can laugh, but the prizes were something like $400, $450, $500 for the first 3 games and a 7 night cruise for the last game. It cost $37 to play but you got 6 boards for each game, so a total of 24 boards. We bought one pack that we shared. Needless to say we didn’t win but we had fun playing.
After bingo I *attempted* to take a few pics…thank goodness I chimped, so I knew something was up. I had half a picture and the other half was black. WTF. I tried again and again, switching my orientation. Still the same results. Then it dawned on. I remember when the same thing happened to my friend. I knew what was wrong and the tears just welled in my eyes. I pulled off my lens and was right. Then the tears fell. Here I was on this great vacation and my camera breaks, the mirror had dropped. Yes, I had my video camera which can take stills, yes we had Matthew’s point and shoot and yes, the photo area sold point and shoots but that is not what I wanted to hear. I was devastated. We had a little time before lunch so we went to the internet cafe. Shawn had bought internet time so he could check his work email every few days. We learned that the mirror dropping is common in my camera. Lovely. We also found a temp. solution. Short ending to this long story… we “fixed” the mirror after lunch and my camera functioned. The focus thing still wasn’t fixed and I was still seeing a shadow but for the most part my camera worked. I uploaded the pics I took to Shawn’s laptop and they were fine, no shadows, not tack sharp, but not blurry. Such a sigh of relief.
We spent the afternoon finalizing our plans for our day in Nassau…we did this pool side as the kids swam and participated in pool games. Of course we took a break to hit the pool and hot tub too! The weather was perfect… music was playing, the overall atmosphere was fun. I was hopeful that only good things from here on out…
Night 2 was our first formal night. Since our cruise was 9 nights, there were 2 formal nights. The nice thing about the ship is there are other places to eat, so if you don’t want to dress up and go to the main dining room, you don’t have to but we thought it would be fun. They clean up pretty nicely, don’t they?
(I snuck this pic in at the photographers spot when she left on dinner break. Every night after that the backdrops were rolled up when they left on break. LOL.)
At the table…
After dinner I took Syd to the bathroom. When we walked out onto the deck to meet up with our guys….this is what we saw… I knew I had to snap a pic. My men in black!