Fair warning: There are several of these.
Here's the story.
I have a vintage Polaroid SX-70 I bought at Value Village about 15 years ago for $5.99* (as evidenced by the grease pencil still visible on the leather, because Minnie Pearl).
It worked perfectly for several years, but jammed about 11 or 12 years ago and I couldn’t do anything to get it to unjam. At the time, there really wasn’t anyone in North America who was fixing those, so it just sat on my shelf.
So I stopped by there the other morning and told him my story. He popped a cover off of the side, manually advanced some gears, there was a pop, and he said “Guess what, it’s fixed.”
Apparently if the film pack battery doesn’t have enough juice it can get stuck between modes, which is what happened. So I thanked him, bought a couple of film packs, and we're back in business.
* As I was investigating the new Impossible Project/Polaroid Originals films, I was amused to find that they are selling refurbished SX-70s for $400. Makes my Value Village find and this week's simple repair even more delightful.
We were in Ashland at the end of July, during a period when smoke from wildfires was giving Ashland and that part of the Rogue Valley the dubious distinction of having some of the worst air in the continental US. It was oppressive and overwhelming, and bad enough that both of the outdoor plays we were scheduled to see were canceled for the actors' safety.
Holy crap there are people in this one.