I LOVE being on the radio, and it's all I ever wanted to do since I was a kid! So here I am living my dream, playing the music that I love! I'm married with 2 great kids. My son Jackson is 13 and my daughter Lauren is 10, and we're a tight little family unit! We go for walks and bike rides together, and we love to go for weekend trips. At our house, every Friday night is "Pizza and Star Trek Night" when we watch TV and have pizza delivered! I think everybody has one geeky obsession, and mine is the space program! No, I'm not a real astronaut, but I like to read about them , and have met most of my heroes, the US astronauts from the 60's and 70's.
I'm a big fan of the "fix-it-yourself" movement that's springing up lately. We've gotten used to buying new stuff instead of repairing it because it's usually cheaper to replace than fix something!
There are even "fix-it-youself" shops opening with workbenches and tools to fix things like cars, bikes and electronics, with experts there to advise you while you do the work.
The display on my car stereo/climate control stopped working. The radio and AC still worked, but you couldn't see anything on the screen! Turns out this was a common problem with my car, and the dealer would replace the entire unit for about $700.00. (My car is an '04, and long past any warranty!) Well, no way I'm spending that kind of money!
So, my son and I found a U-Tube video with a guy showing us how to fix the problem, a tiny little fuse on a circuit-board in the radio that had gone out. We spent exactly $9.99 plus tax on a tool to pry the radio out of the dashboard. We took the unit out of the car, set it on the dining room table and took it apart. Dinner that night was at the kitchen counter!
We found the little fuse, and simply bridged the contacts with a soldering iron and a little wire. I know, I know, we could have put a new fuse in there, but what the heck, it's a 10 year old car! Doesn't have to be perfect.
Anyway, we put the radio back together, stuffed it back into place in the dashboard, turned the radio on an BINGO, there's the display lit up like Christmas!
Problem solved, $690.00 saved, and a nice afternoon and evening with my son!