Now going outside sometimes means going outside at night. At night, it gets dark outside (we've been over this - remember?). And at night, there are various critters that like to come out as well. We regularly hear the coyote packs howling under the moonlight. And then there are the porcupines. Our dog has tangled with these and other critters. Usually she comes out on top because of her size. Sometimes, not. A dog can't win against a porcupine, but they don't seem to be able to figure this out. These battles can be painful. And expensive.
|Our Dog: Post Surgery after Porcupine Battle #2|
|Great For Smashing Some Thing's Head In, But Not Great Otherwise|
|I Am A Mean Person...|
|Is It Wrong To Love An Inanimate Object?|
That is why I was devastated to discover this after the pup and I went for our morning walk-about.
|The Lens Was As Shattered As I Was|
There was no way we could go back to the Mag: I am a man of modest means and cannot afford the batteries it chews through. I had to develop a recovery plan, and fast. Fortunately, all the pieces of the lens were still in place and nothing of any size had fallen out yet. If I could only keep the lens together for the short term, I could then work out a longer term plan. So I dug out a roll of clear packing tape.
|You Can See Where I'm Going With This...|
Next, I remembered from my research that Deal Extreme also sold flashlight parts. I search for flashlight lenses and, lo and behold, they sell replacements. Yay! But the replacements come in 20 different sizes. Time to dig out my calipers make a measurement. Fortunately I had a banana handy to support one end of the caliper so I could free my hands to take a picture.
|Better Eat That Banana - It's Getting A Little Ripe|
Back to Deal Extreme. And wonder of wonders: they sell a 41.5mm Diameter, 1.5mm Thick Replacement Glass Lens. In ten-packs. For $2.78. For all ten. And free shipping. And no minimum order. The well-intentioned recommendation of my cousin to consider somewhere else for a "decent light" falls on deaf ears.
|This Makes Me Very Happy|