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What Not To Do With Your Electronic Devices

June 11, 2012

Peeling myself away from Teen Momathon long enough to let you in on a little secret.

I have bad luck with electronic devices.  Hi, I’m the girl who went through at least 5 hot pink razor phones.  Remember those??  And after my most recent laptop mishap, I think it’s time I set some ground rules for myself.

1. Do not unknowingly drop your cell phone in a parking lot.

And unknowingly leave it there for a week.  I seriously did this in high school and miraculously someone turned it in to the lost and found.  Even more miraculously… it still worked!!  I just couldn’t see the screen or make outgoing calls.  No big deal.

Most miraculously, I went a week without caring where my cell phone was.  Whooooa.  That would not happen nowadays.  I doubt I could go even two hours.

2. Do not balance your phone on top your glass of water and try to carry it.

Especially if you just woke up and are walking to your bathroom in the dark.

Note that this demonstration involves no actual water.

You’ll be surprised to know that no matter how fast you snatch a phone out of a full glass of water, it’s still completely destroyed.

3. Do not forget that your phone is sitting on your lap when you go to get out of the car.

You’re extra unlucky if you do forget and the gutter you parked next to happens to be full of water.  I’m extra unlucky.

Rice couldn’t even save this one.

This rule also applies to gloves.

4. Do not hold your phone over a bowl of soup while trying to take a picture.

And it was absolutely this bowl of soup that I dropped my iPhone in.

I’m talking fully submerged.  And it was completely fine.  I was bound to get lucky during one of this incidents.

5. And most importantly… do not mix your very new very expensive Macbook and a full glass of water.

Lest you should accidentally knock the glass over.  Turns out accident or not, it still costs $800.  OUUUUCH.

And while these have never personally happened to me, I can also confirm that phones and toilets don’t mix, phones and drunken fights don’t mix and laptops and beer don’t mix.

And here’s a riddle for you: How many Apple “geniuses” does it take to unlock the cage they’re keeping your lap top in?  Apparently more than were in the store on Thursday evening.  They had better luck on Friday.

Happy Monday, friends!

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What electronic device mishaps have you had?

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  1. June 11, 2012 7:34 AM

    Oh my gosh I think I’ve done ALL of these! #3 is how I cracked my droid screen. It still worked, but the guy at the store was like “Yeah, don’t hold it up to your face, because you might get glass in your ear…” sooooo it was time to switch to an iphone! haha I’m glad I made the switch! Now I’m just scared of breaking my iphone/macbook/camera. *sigh*

    • June 11, 2012 7:53 AM

      Ha ha oh my gosh, glass in your ear?!?! That’s terrifying!

  2. June 11, 2012 9:36 AM

    Hahaha, oh Lauren, you and I have the same luck with technology! I don’t even know where to start.

    Phone #1: I took it roller skating (at an indoor rink) and stuck it in my back pocket. At one point during the night I sat down and it fell out, and someone took it.

    Phone #2: This one went through the washing machine after I left it on top of my suitcase under a pile of clothes that my dear grandma decided to wash for me.

    Phone #3: The battery grew a mysterious lump and I couldn’t get the back to stay on, so I had to carry it around without a back.

    Phone #4: I dropped this thing (my first touchscreen) probably every single day from ridiculous heights and it was always fine, but one day it fell out of my hand from a height of seriously no more than maybe a FOOT, and the screen cracked and went half-dead. Of course.

    Now that I have my first legit smartphone, I am treating it like a baby.

    I decided to bake some cookies and instead of printing out the recipe, I just brought my beautiful white Macbook into the kitchen. Somehow the vanilla spilled and stained the bottom a nasty shade of brown. No matter how much I scrubbed it, it REEKED of vanilla. After I had a near-heart attack (my dad still makes fun of me for crying) I did some research and was somehow able to get a new bottom shell for free. Phew. Never again. I’m sorry to hear that you weren’t so lucky with your Macbook. 😦 $800?! Not cool.

    Sorry for the novel! This is my first time commenting, and I guess I’m making up for lost time! LOVE your blog!! 🙂

    • June 11, 2012 9:47 AM

      Thanks so much, Rachel! Love the one about your battery growing a lump! Glad I’m not the only one who’s ha my fair share of phone/computer mishaps.

  3. June 11, 2012 10:58 AM

    OMG, I have doen several of those! I have done the glass of water, the parking lot, dropping out of my lap, but thankfully I have never had the toilet incident.

    • June 11, 2012 11:15 AM

      Ha ha you did the glass of water one?! Every time I tell someone that story they look at me like I’m an idiot!

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