It has been a struggle to post this picture and it is one of my favorite photos from Australia. I saw this along the Bondi to Coogee beach walk. iPhoto had it in the library but I couldn’t do anything with it except to look at it as a thumbnail. When I highlighted it, poof, it became a black screen and once it was even a black screen with a large exclamation point. Of course only may favorite photo was inaccessible. But I perservered and learned a few things along the way.
Apparently I am not alone and this happens to a lot of people. As usual, many of the discussion forums about this problem were way over my head. The simplest advice though is to remember to back up your work. I promise I will, I will, but then I don’t.
iPhoto keeps two copies of all pictures – now I know where my memory went. The dud picture still displayed the original file name. All i had to do was right click the iPhoto library to see the package contents. Right click? I have a touchpad with only one click. I’m in a hotel in RI and there are no mice. So another search told me how simple it is to right click my touchpad by holding the ctrl key. And I’ve only owned this laptop for about 5 years. It just goes to show you, you can learn something new every day. Once I found the original, I saved a copy on my desktop and imported it back into iPhoto. And here it is.
Yesterday I had to change a headlamp on my car, while it was snowing and the wind was howling. The instructions begin “if it’s on the driver’s side turn the steering wheel all the way to the right”. What?! That’s because you have to shove your arm between the plastic and the metal in the wheel well and “simply” turn the bulb and remove it. It felt like it was welded tight and the space was so small that if I tried to hold a screwdriver to do it, I could no longer squeeze my hand through the opening. Not so simple but luckily I had my ski pole with me and was able to use it instead of my hand.