My husband frequently asks me to perform jobs for the company where he works. I have designed 4′ x 5′ outdoor advertising banners, vehicle wraps, lettering and logo recreations for various service vehicles, researched, written and printed flyers and brochures as well as re-designed the main corporation site and its sister-companies’ websites.
At first, I enjoyed doing these tasks, I worked hard, went above and beyond, hoping to create a position for myself within the company. Alas, a permanent position never became a reality and I found myself less and less interested in performing jobs for that company at slave-labor wages. It was a difficult situation because I did not want to jeopardize my husband’s position.
It took a few years, but, I was able to back away and refer them to other companies who did the same services… and of course charged more, but, I was out of the picture. That felt good.
Occasionally, however, my husband still asks me to print things for him. And that is usually when my computer and any printer I ever had becomes possessed. No kidding. The printer can be working wonderfully, but the minute I need to print something for my husband’s work, either I run out of ink, or the printer is printing badly and needs maintenance… hours and hours of maintenance. That’s what happened yesterday when he needed twenty 4×6 photographs of a new work site printed.
I waited until after dinner to start my printing project. Bad idea. The streaks in the first print indicated clogged nozzles. I was also sure I was low on ink but could not remember the last time I filled the cartridges.
I gathered my towels, the ink syringes and bottles of cyan, magenta, yellow and black and began filling the cartridges. Test prints were still bad. I had to do more nozzle cleaning, then deep cleaning then print alignment, then more cleaning, print test patterns for gauging my progress. What a pain in the neck. I did not want to use photo paper for those prints, I hoped to use plain paper, but the printer would have none of that.
I placed my first photo quality paper into the printer, let it print and it came out 100% better than the paper quality one, but, if I looked closely, I could still see some lines. They were just going to have to tolerate the lines, I was out of ideas.
When I showed my husband the prints, he was satisfied with them and didn’t even notice the lines. Good. I was happy.
My printer is a Canon MX360, combination printer, scanner and fax machine. My old Canon, don’t remember the model, was my most favorite of all the printers I ever had, but, my cat killed it. I would print double-sided quite frequently and if I had left the room during a printing project, I would come back to find shredded paper and a crazy, black-eyed cat staring at me with the look of having just slain a fire breathing dragon.
My old Canon was easy to refill, bought the refillable cartridges online along with a few years’ worth of ink and that printer never gave me any trouble. The picture quality was incredible. But, my cat killed it and made me very, very sad.
When I had to replace the old Canon, I wanted a printer which would be easy to find refillable cartridges and ink. I have yet to find refillable cartridges for this MX360, so, I just re-fill the original cartridges and I know it’s time to replace them, but, at $50 for a pair of cartridges, I shall remain stingy……. uhoh…