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Have I told you about the lovely summer day when we went to the car show with the inlaws?

I walked through the field of classic cars shooting as many as possible
while hearing my FIL tell me how great a classic car calendar would be.

A scheme was born – a customized classic car calendar poster just for him.  Perfect for his desk and perfect for xmas.

“What are you doing lex?!?” you might be thinking.  “You’ll ruin the surprise if you post about it before Xmas”

If only this were true! But what you see above is the only evidence
of an entire memory card filled with photos of lovingly restored and
maintained classic cars from all angles.

Car Show Collage

You see, in August around walking-pneumonia-time, my laptop also started exhibiting signs of over-exertion.  It was packed to the gills with photos and I
couldn’t make it do anything.  Junkii walked in, saw me pulling out my
hair in frustration and had the brilliant idea to copy all my photos to
CDs.  My friend Junkii is brilliant!

I filled 5 CDs with no mishaps.  My drive died on the sixth CD but it didn’t matter.  The previous 5 had written smoothly and been double-checked.   My photos were safe.  With the photos archived and cleaned off my laptop, it laptop performed like it had been lovingly restored and maintained.  Life, work and schemes progressed.

Until yesterday when I started work on the calendar.  I was ready to start inserting
photos and I looked on my laptop… no photos.  I looked on my archival hard drive… no photos.  I looked on the networked photo drive… no photos. I had a little

I had a little meltdown.

(okay, big meltdown).

Gerry tilted his head and said “didn’t you write those onto a CD”, and after he repeated it 4 times, I actually listened.  AHA!!!! My man is brilliant!! Now where are those CDs?

This morning I found them – wooo hooo!  The calendar project is back on
track.  I find the one labeled “Car Show”. I insert the CD and find, to my horror, it’s blank.  I check the next one, and the next one… and all 5 CDs are blank.

“Would you like to format this CD” blank.

This is not my happy face.

Anyone know how to read photos from a blank CD?  Please?

What do you think?