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Fisher amp problem?

I just got a fisher amp for my stereo system. I was playing music fairly loud when i saw a spark and the music stopped playing. I thought i blew my amp but it acts as if nothing happens. the lights light up with the song and all the buttons do what there supposed to but music wont play through any of the speakers. What happened and is there any way to fix this? p.s. i have a fisher integrated stereo amplifier if that helps.

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No volume in Fisher RS-280 synthesizer receiver.Everything else seems to work.Is there a fix like fuse or capasitor?

I havn't opened up receiver yet I need some information first.I get no sound from receiver at all.I started out by connecting all components such as CD player but have since removed all accessories,i'm down to just the receiver and speakers.Is there something I should look for when I open the receiver up?This is a very nice vintage receiver and I would like to use as primary receiver.Could it be something as easy as a fuse? I opened the stereo and found that 2 fuses are missing they are located on the main board at  F401 & F402 both are T2A fuses I believe.are these fuses used for sound and should I install them anyway

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Fisher and Paykel Smart Drive Motore

Hi there i have found a fisher and paykel smartdrive motor in an old washing machine. I understand these make good wind generators. Can someone tell me how to connect the 3 output wires (yellow, blue, red) to a light or other appliance. Also can someone advise id this is an ac or dc output. as you can see im a novice at all this sam

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ipod dock with fisher speakers

So i was wondering  if any one would be able to help me out i have a pair of fisher STV-862 speakers and was wondering  if i could use them to make a ipod dock  with either a regular line in connection or a dock built in or possibly both, i have some electrical knowledge but not enough to get me through this and help would be greatly appreciated 

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Looking for help to change songs in Fisher Price Music box Record Player 2010

Hi there. I'm interested in seeing if anyone knows if it's possible and considerably easy to change the songs that the Fisher Price Music Box Record Player plays. This is NOT the original version with an actual music box in it. This is 2010 version which has some sort of sound chip in it. We have opened it up and it seems like you should be able to just replace the chip that has the music on it but we have no idea how to do that. Just curious if anyone has any ideas! Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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Service codes for Fisher and Paykel washing machines?

I would like to know what the service codes mean for the Fisher and Paykel Smart Drive or Intelligent washing machines. Mine keeps telling me I need service but I can't afford to have someone come out if it's something simple. I've already replaced the hose on it.

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remote control car (fisher tech nik)

I finally worked out most of the bugs in the car, and it works! the entire car is made out of Fishertechnik (though 1 of the pieces is modified). the back is pretty basic, just a motor with a gear that meshes with the one on the back axle. that ends up moving the car. the front is cool, instead of having the motor spin the front axle to turn, i hooked up the front to turn like a real car. the motor turns the steering wheel. that pushes a connector to the right or left(depending on which way you want to turn) and that turns the front wheels making the car turn. i also mounted a air cannon on it. that uses the on modified piece. you see, i used a film canister type thing with one end plugged up to make the cannon hook up. i then put two air connector things( i forget the name) into the back piece. i hooked pipes up it it from a pump. a spiecal valve lets air only go in not out, making air pressure in side of the cannon part. that eventually shoots the cap off. it goes about 10 feet. unfortanitlly the cannon is manually activated because the canister slowly leaks air from it. i used to have it hooked up to a motor but it did not give big enough pumps so the cannon would not fire. so does anyone want instructions? i know, kitemans law but it will take me for ever to make instuctions so i want to know if anyone will actually build it.

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Fisher and Paykel WM water leak

Hi All, Our 5 year old Fisher and Paykel  8 kg Fabricsmart Top Loader has recently started to spill or leak water from under the machine. Can anyone advise what might be causing this and how to fix it. Thanks KEHG

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Spinning Skyscraper + Damper Ball

For the civil engineers out there, check out this daring piece of architecture: a tower whose floors are independent and can turn on voice command. Each floor is built pre-fabricated off-site and then attached to the tower, and the building creates its own energy using wind turbines and solar power. Of course, for the building to look as smooth as it does below, you'll have to ask all of your neighbors to turn their houses or offices just so.Link via GizmodoOn the subject of skyscrapers, there's more--an insight into how the Taipei 101, the world's second tallest building (at the moment), survived the May earthquake in Sichuan, China. The building uses a 728-ton ball, suspended between five floors in the upper part of the tower, to damp vibrations from high winds or ground tremors. You can watch a video of the damper ball moving during the earthquake here.Link via Gizmodo and Deputy Dog

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Get rid of batteries on the Fisher-price swing to DC input

We bought a new swing recently and has been consuming 4 C batteries every week. I am wondering if can hook it up to Wall transformer. Any ideas? I have some wall-wart at home that output 6-9v. Can I use them? I can convert the wall-warts as per the instructions here: https://www.instructables.com/id/wall-transformer-for-project-power-supply/ but do i need to change anything in the swing? and how to hook it up?Please advice ..Thanks

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Wooden free standing coat rack?

 This design appeared late last year or early this year. It was free standing and in the picture it was emerald green in color. I can't find it and I'm wanting to make a few. Help !!!!

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footpedal faucet control - Pedalworks vs Chicago vs Fisher vs Tapmaster vs others? Which are good, which are trouble?

I am about to put in a new kitchen sink and faucet. I would like a foot pedal. What do you receommend?

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Wooden coat Racksafree? Answered

 since November i saw an  idea I want to make, I can't find it. I've looked Help !! It was a wooden coat rack, either stained or painted a beautiful blue/green color. Made from wood . you went out and bought brass coat hooks and mounted them on the post which had a free standing base

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What is the best way to create a Code-a-Pillar copy?

Greetings! I'm trying to understand how to make my own Coda-a-Pillar copyhttps://fisher-price.mattel.com/shop/en-us/fp/thin...The functionality can be reduced to basically the "head" being able to tell, what is the sequence of rings that are connected to it.How do I do it with an Arduino or Raspberry pie? What has to be inside each ring?

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Can I make a light organ with a graphic equalizer?

I have a Fisher CA-39 amplifier with an integrated graphic equalizer. I want to make a light organ and instead of starting from scratch I thought maybe I could use this graphic equalizer I already have. I know that the equalizer splits the audio into 5 frequency ranges and then allows you to adjust each one individually, So I guess my question is can you hijack the broken up signal before it reconstitutes it into a single output and then put it to lights(ideally LEDs) instead of speakers?

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How to change frequency on RC toy car?

Hi all. My friend and I bought 2 rc toys (1:18 scaled Ferrari F1) just for fun, but they work on same frequency (40.685 MHz) so we can't drive at same time. So i need some suggestions on how to change the frequency on one of them. The transmitter have quartz crystal, but receiver have only coil. I already tried solution "Modding Fisher-Price 72825 Formel Junior Fernlenkflitzer" found on this site, but it didn't work. I ordered quartz crystals from China working on (40.885, 40.985 and 40.285 MHz) and when i changed them in transmitter (one by one) the rc toy still reacted on commands from transmitter. Is there any other way to change frequency? Thanks in advanced.

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Win The Book "Designing For Re-use", Post Your Reused Items

We at instructables are hosting a mini-contest where you can win a new book! Post your own reuse project and win a brand new copy of the book "Designing For Re-use: The Life Of Consumer Packaging" by Tom Fisher and Janet Shipton. The book features Instructables.com extensively and we wanted to pass on a copy to our community! We have one copy available and the winner will be chosen at random. How to Enter: Post a comment to this forum with a picture with a description, link to your blog, or instructable where you took something people normally throw away and came up with a unique way to reuse it. This contest will run till June 6th. We hope to see your cool reuse items! To purchase a copy of the book click here: Amazon.com UPDATE The Winner Is: ChrysN for posting all of their wonderful projects! Thanks to everyone for submitting!

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so what's everyone riding here?

I think I have close to eleven bikes in my garage right now (sort of unfortunately), though I only really ride three. for road/ commuting, I have a pacific voyager toys-r-us mountain bike that I converted into sort of a timetrialing singlespeed, complete with a shimano 400 crankset, profile aerobars, champion bullhorns, a look carbon fork, alex 700cs with hutchinson tires, and lots of other ridiculous things that don't belong on such a frame. I ride a diamondback venom park bike for bmx which I found at a garage sale for five bucks, not knowing just how good it actually was and my gary fisher bitter has been decommissioned due to a faulty front hub which blew out my axle and almost ruined my fork, so I'm slinging around a specialized rockhopper on the trails whose back wheel I destroyed and as a result, I've replaced it with a wheel off a peice of crap magna my friend left at my house a while back. I've got several others, but these are my ladies. they come and go quite often for me, but that's what happens. so what are you riding?!

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so what's everyone riding here?

I think I have close to eleven bikes in my garage right now (sort of unfortunately), though I only really ride three. for road/ commuting, I have a pacific voyager toys-r-us mountain bike that I converted into sort of a timetrialing singlespeed, complete with a shimano 400 crankset, profile aerobars, champion bullhorns, a look carbon fork, alex 700cs with hutchinson tires, and lots of other ridiculous things that don't belong on such a frame. I ride a diamondback venom park bike for bmx which I found at a garage sale for five bucks, not knowing just how good it actually was and my gary fisher bitter has been decommissioned due to a faulty front hub which blew out my axle and almost ruined my fork, so I'm slinging around a specialized rockhopper on the trails whose back wheel I destroyed and as a result, I've replaced it with a wheel off a peice of crap magna my friend left at my house a while back. I've got several others, but these are my ladies. they come and go quite often for me, but that's what happens. so what are you riding?!

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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2012

The Vancouver Make Faire 2012 was this past weekend. Those that could make it out were rewarded with seeing a 2-person bike spider, drawing robots, a whole village of 3D printers, a fire-burping machine controlled by a Fisher Price keyboard, and of course the Instructables booth where we were giving away stickers, patches and pins to all our fans.  Instructables members did not dissappoint, I met =D, Kev_MacD and fastermiles who came by the booth and talked about their passions. Also at the Faire: We were booth-neighbours with diyified, who showcased her DIY Toys I had ChrysN and nick2334 help me staff the Instructables booth and greet so many makers (thanks guys!) alejandroerickson had a "zest for mathematics" booth with a tensegrity workshop (it was packed) avid bike-hacker snotty shared a few of his custom rides (one of them had a sweet sound setup) I learned just how difficult it is to tie Chinese knots at arghc's booth aggrav8d had his $100 mural drawing robot in full effect (and it was awesome) Thanks to everyone who came out and stopped by our booth, it was a lot of fun meeting everyone. Below are a few pictures I took of the event, please feel free to share your own pictures of the Vancouver Maker Faire in the comments below.

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soft LED screen

Soft LED display is our Patent product(Chinese National Patent), as is shown that the screen can be folded, curved and transformed, it can be applied any shape, like circle, arch, or even right-angle. Most importantly, it is light-weighted and easy installation, one square meter just weight about 5 kgs, and the whole system can be hung on the truss or on the building. And it can be expanded through connecting several pieces of soft LED display together to make a larger screen as you want. Through one and a half years developing, we make immense improvement and solve all important problem. We use the cloth processed specially, so it is waterproof completely, fire retardant and strong enough. (although the both sides is all waterproof, we sign it IP44, because we do not recommend our customer to use the screen in the open air all the time.) We develop this kind of product mainly applying to stage, TV studio, concert, night bar and disco hall. Attached a small video and some picture, please check it, through video and picture you can find the characteristic of our soft LED screen. We are eagerly hoping that we can cooperate with your distinguished coperation,and hope that our product can satisfy you with its light-weight, easy installation,foldability and flexibility, I think it is your best choice.Contact info: Fisher(sales manager) Beijing Huasun Optoelectronic Science Co., Ltd Add: Yongshun Town, Tongzhou District, Beijing, P.R.China Tel:+86 10 89512349 Fax: +86 10-89512339 mobile : 0086+13146411249 http://www.huasun-tech.com E-mail: sales@huasun-tech.com MSN:soft-led@live.cn skype: fisher201223

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NEW 2009 Rocky Mountain Element Team Mountain Bike $2,000

dessy.richard@yahoo.com bikeworld.world@gmail.com.Dear Customer, Rocky Mountain Eleme BilNEW 2008/2009 l Bike world Ltd is one of the leading bike distributors.We are Legitimate registered Company under licensed number(RC43315).We ship via FedEx,UPS or DHL, and your ordered items will get to your door step within 48 hrs(Two Working Day).We sell all kinds Cannondale, Cervelo, Ellsworth, Giant, Jamis, Klein, Kona, Litespeed, Rocky Mountain, Santa Cruz, Specialized, Trek, Gary Fisher bikes Here are some of our price list: NEW Cervelo P2C Ultegra Bicycle - 2008-CRV8P2CU....$2000 NEW 2009 Cannondale Road Tandem Bike....... $1,600 NEW 2009 Cannondale F4000 SL Mountain Bike..... $2,400 NEW 2009 Cannondale Gemini 900 Mountain Bike..... $1,200 NEW 2009 Cannondale Mountain Tandem Bike..... $1,200 NEW 2009 Cannondale Prophet 4000 Mountain Bike..... $2,600 NEW 2009 Cannondale R1000 Road Bike..... $1,000 NEW 2009 Cannondale Scalpel 3000 Mountain Bike.... $2,600 NEW 2009 Cannondale Six13 Team 1 Dura Ace Road Bike..... $2,400 NEW 2009 Cervelo Soloist Carbon Road Bike..... $2,800 NEW 2009 Cervelo P3 Carbon Road Bike..... $3,200 NEW 2009 Cervelo Soloist Team Road Bike..... $1,900 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Epiphany Mountain Bike..... $3,000 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Moment Mountain Bike..... $3,400 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Truth Mountain Bike..... $2,800 NEW 2009 Gary Fisher Cake 1 DLX Mountain Bike..... $1,700 NEW 2009 Giant Anthem 1 Mountain Bike..... $1,200 NEW 2008 Santa Cruz Blur LT Mountain Bike $2,200 NEW 2008 Santa Cruz Nomad Mountain Bike $2,000 NEW 2008 Santa Cruz V 10 Mountain Bike $2,200 NEW 2008 Specialized Demo 8 Mountain Bike $2,000 NEW 2008 Specialized Enduro SL Pro Carbon Mountain Bike $2,100 NEW 2008 Specialized Epic Comp Mountain Bike $1,150 NEW 2008 Specialized Epic Marathon Mountain Bike $1,700 NEW 2008 Specialized Roubaix Pro Road Bike $1,700 NEW 2008 Specialized Ruby Pro Road Bike $1,700 NEW 2008 Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper Fsr Carbon Bike $2,300 NEW 2008 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL Sram Road Bike $2,300 NEW 2008 Specialized S-Works Roubaix Dura Ace Road Bike $2,300 NEW 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Mountain Bike $1,000 NEW 2008 Specialized Tarmac Pro Double Road Bike $1,700 NEW 2008 Specialized Transition Pro Road Bike $1,700 NEW 2009 MARIN Juinper Trail Bike $900 NEW 2009 MARIN Wildcat Trail Bike $1,200 NEW 2009 MARIN Alpine Trail Bike $1,300 NEW 2009 MARIN East Peak Bikw $1,550 NEW 2009 MARIN Rock Springs Bike $1,300 NEW 2009 MARIN Rift Zone Bike $1,400 NEW 2009 MARIN Rift Zone SE Bike $ 1,300 NEW 2009 MARIN Wolf Ridge Bike $1,600 NEW 2009 MARIN Mount Vision Bike $1,800 NEW 2009 MARIN Attack Trail Bike $1,810 NEW 2009 MARIN Mount Vision Pro Bike $2,600 NEW 2009 Cannondale Road Tandem Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Cannondale F4000 SL Mountain Bike $2,300 NEW 2009 Cannondale Gemini 900 Mountain Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Cannondale Mountain Tandem Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Cannondale Prophet 4000 Mountain Bike $2,500 NEW 2009 Cannondale R1000 Road Bike $1,000 NEW 2009 Cannondale Scalpel 3000 Mountain Bike $2,500 NEW 2009 Cannondale Six13 Team 1 Dura Ace Road Bike $2,300 NEW 2009 Klein Q-Pro XV Road Bike $1,200 NEW 2009 Kona Dawg Primo Mountain Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Kona Kula Supreme Mountain Bike $1,800 NEW 2009 Kona Stinky Mountain Bike $1,000 NEW 2009 Kona Kula Lisa Mountain Bike $1,000 NEW 2009 Kona Four Lisa Mountain Bike $1000 NEW 2009 Kona Blast Deluxe - Gold - SRP $900 NEW 2009 Cervelo Soloist Carbon Road Bike $2,200 NEW 2009 Cervelo P3 Carbon Road Bike $2,200 NEW 2009 Cervelo Soloist Team Road Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Epiphany Mountain Bike $2,400 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Moment Mountain Bike $2,500 NEW 2009 Ellsworth Truth Mountain Bike $2,100 NEW 2009 Gary Fisher Cake 1 DLX Mountain Bike $1,400 NEW 2009 Giant Anthem 1 Mountain Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Giant Reign X0 Mountain Bike $1,700 NEW 2009 Giant Tcr Composite 1 Road Bike $1,400 NEW 2009 Giant Trance 1 Mountain Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Jamis Dakar XC Pro Mountain Bike $1,800 NEW 2009 Litespeed Bella Road Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Litespeed Ghisallo Road Bike $2,500 NEW 2009 Litespeed Niota Ti Mountain Bike $2,700 NEW 2009 Litespeed Tuscany Road Bike $1,700 NEW 2009 Rocky Mountain Element Team Mountain Bike $2,000 NEW 2009 Rocky Mountain Slayer 70 Mountain Bike $1,600 NEW 2009 Trek 5000 Road Bike $1,100 NEW 2009 Trek Pilot SL 5.9 Road Bike $1,800 NEW 2009 Trek Tandem T 2000 Road Bike $1,400 NEW 2009 Trek Madone SSL 6.9 Road Bike $2,800 NEW 2009 Trek Top Fuel SL Mountain Bike $2,800 Get back to me with your full order if you are really interested in buying from us via email regards,sales manager.

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Help me choose a laptop! -MAJOR UPDATE-

I just found out that I won a scholarship that writes me a check for $1,500. I already have college fees paid for through National Merit, so this is considered my laptop fund. I'm holding off for a few months to actually buy something (not much need right now, so I might as well wait for prices to drop a bit longer), but I want to get the Instructables Community's input on what to get. Here's what I want: -Highly portable laptop to carry to classes. I have a desktop for a real workhorse; the laptop only needs to be capable of basics. Anything past the basics is a bonus. -Screen no larger than 13", but no smaller than 8". 1366x768 or greater would be nice. Portability! I If I really need a big screen, I can plug in another monitor. -A touchscreen would be lovely, but not a requirement. -Built-in webcam would be nice. -Possibly a convertible tablet, but I'm not sold on that wee little hinge. A fold-flat drawing surface would be excellent, though. -I love a keyboard light, especially backlit. -Windows or Linux. NOT A MAC. I appreciate Apple's aesthetics, but I don't like the big brick walls they build around everything. Windows isn't really a bonus, just something I'd be okay with. -Not much more than $1000. Until I'm substantially wealthier than I am now, I don't see a reason to spend inordinate amounts of money on something that will be obsolete in a few years anyway. -I rather like the Eee PC T91, if it had a 10" screen, a HDD or a higher-capacity SSD, and assurance that the little swivel-hinge won't splinter the first time it's pulled open too far. I also rather like the Quanta NL2, despite it's Fisher-Price appearance, at least if Intel actually will sell one. So, after doing my own research, I've decided that I want a 10" screen with HD. The future Asus Eee PC 1018P fits the bill perfectly except for this...Atom N475 processor, crazy thin, 10-hour battery, aluminum body, USB 3.0, and the ability to put a multitouch digitizer in. It doesn't, however, have the HD display of the Eee PC 1005PR. In short, I want a 1018P with the display from a 1005PR. Any suggestions, or rumors of future Asus releases? Okay, so I ended up getting a 1016P. A week before Intel announced the dual-core Atom N550 and just under two weeks before HP announced a revised Mini 5103 with that N550. I'm consoling myself with the knowledge that no matter what computer I had chosen, it will be obsolete by the time about the time I have a job and can buy a new one.

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And now I shall bore you with details of my vacation.

Yes, I know, everyone likes to talk about their vacations and nobody wants to hear about them, kind of like dreams. Must be a quirk in the human conditions. So read on, or not. My wife decided she wanted to go on a cruise, now I had prejudged cruising and had no desire to ever go on one. But she searched around and found one that had a fishing in Key West excursion to convince me to go. Well she planned the whole thing, did all the work and really made the vacation happen. There was one small moment when we decided to cancel the cruise for financial reasons (her transmission went out) but discovered we were one day past the cancellation deadline, so we must have been destined. So anyways, on with the vacation. On the first day we drove down to Miami, about four hours, not to bad. We were so early that we decided to visit Fairchild Tropical Garden. Fairchild is a must see for those with a horticultural bent, eighty some odd acres of lush tropical gardens, though I still felt it wasn't quite as nice as Leu Gardens here. We had lunch at the garden before proceeding to the hotel. We stayed at the Holiday Inn, cheap but surprisingly clean with a friendly staff, and a view of the port. Unfortunately my wife became ill from the lunch, and I don't mean just a little ill, but the throwing up out both ends ill. She was so sick that she was curled up in bed crying. We thought we might have to cancel the cruise. But I loaded her up with acidophilus capsules and a dose of a medicine I take for a condition I have and told her we would decide come morning. Come morning she was feeling better but weak, so we decided we'd continue on with the expedition. That brings us to day two. Getting on the boat is similar to boarding the airplane with one noticeable difference, Port security is infinitely more professional than airport security. We only made one mistake, we didn't check our bags. Since you can board hours before the rooms are ready we were stuck with our luggage. There was a moment of Zen when we boarded, they greet you with food and drinks in an atmosphere of sybaritic luxury, but since it was Christmas they were playing music, the song they were playing when we boarded was 'Do They Know It's Christmas'. The rest of the day is exploring the ship and discovering I get seasick, yea! Day Three Nassau, we have swimming with stingrays and snorkeling planned, afterwards we plan on visiting Ardastra Gardens on our own. Swimming with stingrays was pretty cool, and I enjoyed the snorkeling, my wife who doesn't care for the ocean spent her time sunbathing. Eventually that planned excursion was over but we never got to the garden, I was too darned tired from swimming for three hours and my wife was sunburnt. So, back to the cruise ship to do what else, but eat. Day four Cococay, Royal Caribbean's private island, I have snorkeling planned, my wife has sunbathing. Now, admittedly, we're here at the discretion of the cruise line, so the snorkeling area is prescribed, but it's not bad, there's an area of about 1/2 an acre inside a breakwater and about 5-8 acres outside the breakwater. But here's the interesting thing, of all the people snorkeling, only 5 went outside the breakwater! Which means we each had an acre or more to ourselves (there was an additional area that was closed due to the currents). I did find two 'artifacts' while snorkeling here, the first was a dive glove, so I kept that as a 'trophy', the second, I was snorkeling in about 20 feet of water and spotted a distinctly man made object, a doughnut shape, so I swam down and dug up a bottle top, but not just any bottle top but the top of a pre-civil war 'case' Gin bottle. I though that was pretty cool. Now I've considered the idea that the area was 'salted' but I can't quite believe they would 'salt' with broken glass. So I think it was a genuine find. I, of course, returned it to where I found it after taking a picture. Day five Key West, I'm really in a bad mood this morning, because we have to do a 'papers please' inspection with ICE, but then it gets MUCH worse. There's an envelope under the door, my fishing trip has been canceled, lack of participants, the minimum was 5 people, I'm the only one who signed up. Anyways, wise to the ways of Gov't, I convince my wife to show up early for the immigration control, reasoning that 'It's better to be 15 minutes early and wait 30 minutes, than be 15 minutes late and wait 3 hours', guy looks at my ID, asks where I was born, they punch my Seapass (onboard ID/CC). So we go looking for another excursion, my wife wants me to go Kayaking, but I'm seriously exhausted from the past two days of snorkeling. So we decide the Butterfly Conservatory and the Aquarium are where we'll go. The Butterfly conservatory was beautiful, with dozens of species flying everywhere, landing on you and a selection of birds thrown in for good measure, The aquarium, well, umm, geez, I don't want to be mean, but I wouldn't go back. After that we walked around and enjoyed the architecture and visited the Mel Fisher Museum since I was hooked on books about treasure hunting as a kid (I have a metal detector, the most valuable object I ever found was my wife's wedding ring several weeks after she lost it.) And then back to the boat for more eating. Last day, they get you off the ship early, here, you don't want to check your luggage, if you do, you don't get off until they let you, if you carry your luggage, you can get off the ship first thing at 7:30 am. So once we're off the ship all that is left is the customs and the drive back. Customs was nothing, you hand a guy a form and you are done. The drive back was mostly uneventful until the last rest stop, then, of course, the truck won't start. Well it will start, but it's stumbling and sound like only one bank of cylinders are firing, in desperation I stand on the gas and it picks up, think that last fill up had water in it. I baby it the rest of the way home by drafting behind a truck and keeping to 65 and, obviously, we get home. So, goods, bads, and impressions The goods. The ships are insane about cleanliness these days, I noted that there was one individual who seemed to do nothing but wipe the stair handrails with disinfectant continually. The service was impeccable. The food was variable, but it varied from just good to fantastic, it was always hot and fresh, and you never saw the same item twice. The room also had a revolving menu of movies to watch, so I finally got to see Wall-e. The Steward cleans the room twice a day and turns down your bed while you are at dinner. The excursions take a lot of the 'what do you want to do? I don't know, what do you want to do?' out of the trip. And the room was surprisingly quiet. The bad, I realize that the excursions are done through independent contractors and therefore they are not the ones who canceled my excursion, but they could have informed me before hand that there was the possibility that it would be canceled. They push the drinks and the pictures, learn to say no. During the life boat drill the videographer comes up and says 'Can I get a wave from everybody?' and I turned to him and said 'No', he came back with 'Are you kidding me?' and I said 'I can't speak for all these people, but I'm NOT waving' LOL, he walked off. The elevators are slower than hell, if you use them, you will spend half your cruise waiting, use the stairs. Also there are six elevators amidships, three port, three starboard, when you push the elevator button, it only summons the three elevators on the side you push! Poor design, you can cut down the waiting by pushing the button on one side and quickly walking over and pushing the other button, but, of course, you have now tied up two elevators and are increasing others waiting times. Also, no one tells you that you will suffer dizziness after the cruise, both my wife and I have been having dizzy spells and a search shows it is pretty common. Oh, and I used a Walgreens waterproof disposable for the snorkeling, since you don't see any of those pix, you can guess how well it worked. Impressions Cruises are not for xenophobes! Not just the mix of passengers, but the crew is from all over the world, and I like that when they introduce themselves it was often 'Hello, I'm Melvin from the Philippines.' And as a member of the IBWF I enjoyed the diversity. The formal dining was assigned seating, but we only did it once, I was actually a little uncomfortable with the level of service, three waiters for two people? I'm not used to that. Lastly, tipping is expected, I feel that it should be included in the price of the cruise, so we did the pre paid tips, so we wouldn't have to deal with it. And finally, the myth of the 'ugly American' is just that, a myth, what I learned is that ALL tourists are 'Ugly' So, in Ebay speak, A++++++ Would Cruise again. If you read this far, you deserve a drink.

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