Monthly Archives: January 2012

Back in the spring of 2011 I purchased a flashlight through It was a 4 sevens Preon II LED flashlight, for anyone that may be interested. It has several modes, (Low, Medium, High, Strobe, SOS, Beacon (hi), Beacon (lo)), and at its highest output puts out 160 Lumens out the front. It was fairly expensive in the $40.00 range if my memory serves me. I really liked it untiiiiiiiil it stopped working.
Insert your choice expletive here, ——-> ___________.

I even checked the 4 sevens website because one reason that I bought it was because they tout a 10 year warranty. My heart was broken when I read on their website that they don’t accept returns for lights not purchased at their website. Argh!!! I put it away in my drawer and chalked it up as one of life’s lessons that was unfortunately too expensive.

Around November of 2011 the thought hit me that what I wrote above about the warranty made no sense at all. What kind of company only honors the warranty of their product if you buy it from them exclusively. As long as it was purchased from a reputable and authorized dealer it shouldn’t be any problem, right. I read through the warranty info on their website and realized that I read the whole thing wrong. It is true that they would only accept returns on items purchased on their site but I had to remember that I wasn’t trying to do a return. I was trying to get warranty service not a return.

I sent them an email and told them my situation and thought I would see what would happen. I figured what the heck if it didn’t work out I would be back where I started.

We exchanged a few emails and eventually was told to mail my light to them so that they could service it. It was right around the Christmas holiday when I sent it. I was glad that they sent an email telling me that they had received the light and it was in their repair system and that they would let me know what the next step would be. After Christmas they sent me another email saying that the light wasn’t being repaired but was being replaced with a refurbished model. A couple days later it was on its way back to me.

As I had hoped, once I got it back it worked just as it was supposed to and I was so glad that I finally read the right info about the warranty. It only took me about 6 or 7 months but it worked in the end.

During the first week of 2012 I get the light in the mail. It works great and I can’t be happier with their warranty service. They fully stood by their product and only wanted some proof of when I purchased it to do the work. All is well in the torch world.

Alright here we go…impromptu equipment check. Do you have on your person a flashlight. After what you read, I do. I never know when I may need some illumination. Do you?

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey W. Washington

Guess what I’ve learned about my Yamaha guitar. It’s not just a regular acoustic after all. It’s a classical or flamenco guitar. I learned this in the guitar DVD course that my wife gave us. It showed a picture of a guitar just like the one I had and said it was a 1/2 sized guitar. Hmmmm, that’s strange. This little snippet of information made me decide to look up the guitar number on the internet and see what I could find. Wouldn’t you know, it’s not just an acoustic. And those strings were supposed to be on the guitar and the reason it doesn’t have a pick guard is because it is supposed to be played with my fingers. As you can tell by now, I’m learning all sorts of interesting things about guitars. I even learned that because I had the wrong strings on the classical Yamaha, it could rip out the bridge at the bottom where the strings attach to the guitar. Oh crap.

I immediately loosened up the strings and began the quest to get some new nylons and install them right away.

Around the time all this is happening, it’s right after Thanksgiving 2011 and I found a deal at Guitar Center for a Fender Squire Guitar with all the accessories. You know one of those all in one deals that suck you into the black hole of a purchase. I’m sure it is not the best guitar by far, but that isn’t what I’m looking for anyway. I decided to purchase myself a Christmas gift. Now the hard part was looking at the box for a month until I could open it. I always try to remind myself that delayed gratification can be a good thing. We don’t always have to have everything just as soon as we see it. It also left me with the option of returning it if I realized I wasn’t as committed as I thought.

Next step…I’ve gotta figure out this lessons thing.

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit

Jeffrey W. Washington

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