All Washed Up

Because Pavel wants to know…

This weekend I was washing my 497th load of laundry.  I had transferred all of the jeans over to the dryer and started it when I started to hear a loud CLUNK CLUNK sound.  Puzzled I stared at the dryer for a moment, willing it to stop on it’s own.  I finally gave up and went to investigate. 

I thought perhaps a spare shoe or something had snuck it’s way into the wash.  When no shoes could be located, I started feeling around a little more carefully.  I finally found something hard and pulled the offending pair of jeans from the dryer.  With a sinking heart, I realized that they were my jeans and the loud clunking sound was my wonderful pink cell phone being bounced around on the sides of the dryer. 

I quickly took the phone apart as I whispered apologies to it and willed it to have survived the trauma.  I carefully set the  pieces on a soft towel located in a warm spot so that the phone could to dry out on it’s own.  In the morning, I carefully put everything back together again and held my breath as I tried to call out.  It worked! My caring ministrations had healed my poor phone!

A few hours later, I need to make a call.  I whipped out my phone and found, to my dismay, that the screen was black.  I could still call out, but I couldn’t see anything at all.  (How prehistoric!) Obviously, my phone had a bit of a setback, but I could live with that.  The next time I went to use it, it had once again healed itself! Yay, all was good in the world!

Of course, my pouting phone wasn’t about to remain in good working order.  (I honestly don’t blame it for having a bit of a temper tantrum.  I would probably do the same thing if the roles were reversed) My phone would now allow me to see the screen and call out.  The only problem was that it refused to carry sound.  Every time I thought it was better, something else would go wrong.  Sigh..

This afternoon we went to the AT&T store to see about getting me a new one.  The salesman informed us that we weren’t eligible for any discounts as my phone was only four months old.  The cheapest least expensive one they carried was waaaayyy more than I was willing to spend when I had a somewhat perfectly good phone.  

The entire time this was going on, Shaun was shaking his head (and silently laughing) at me.  He knew the phone was dead even though I didn’t believe it.  Yet, being the the wise man that he is, he’s learned that some lessons have to be figured out on one’s own. 

The thing is, my phone gives me hope.  While it’s true that it no longer works quite the way that it is supposed to, sometimes it does!  Maybe, just maybe when my phone is done being mad, it will just work for me.  You just never know…

Today I am thankful for… the fact that my phone works as well as it does.  And I will be really, really thankful if someone on Freecycle takes pity on me and gives me a hand-me-down phone because they upgraded.

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0 Responses to All Washed Up

  1. Lisa's Chaos says:

    I dropped my cell phone out of a canoe once, it just went a few feet down and wasn’t in it for long but it did what yours is doing. I’m actually surprised yours is working at all after spending all that time in the washer. 🙁 Fingers crossed for a miracle.

  2. snpnmnmi says:

    Reminds me of Tookshire’s phone woes… someone donated one to her ~ I’m sure you’ll find one on freecycle (which is a way cool group, by the by… got a vcr through it when ours mysteriously (read “2 year old” here) broke.
    Your girls were and are beautiful… love that red hair… would love it if M’s turned out reddish (it’s currently blond, though I’m not sure how).
    The care tags story… how funny! I’ve been pulled over a couple of times for that, WITHOUT the replacements. *sigh*
    Have a great day!

  3. Lisa's Chaos says:

    btw, I put up a photo of the Old English Cheese if you’re still curious. 🙂

  4. Kell says:

    I think you’ll be rewarded for your loyalty. Your phone will come around and realize you haven’t given up on it, I hope. But what a funny story.

    Love your new layout, too. You have so much going on, when did you have time to work on your layout?!?

  5. Marla says:

    Aw man…..that bites. I hope you can get another one on Freecycle too.

  6. Hilary says:

    I did the same thing to a portable phone once. I simply/stupidly placed it on top of the full laundry basket to transport it downstairs to the charger on my way to the washer. That’s the simple part. But I forgot to remove it, and dumped it right into the washer with the clothes. That’s the stupid part. It was like a slow motion clip from a movie. I saw it happening but couldn’t stop it. Like yours, it didn’t work, then it did.. and then it had a mind of its own – turning itself on when it felt like it, even redialing old numbers. It never forgave me for its dunking and I eventually had to put it out of its misery. I sure hope yours comes around.

  7. Patsy Ann says:

    You dreamer you! Maybe someone will take pity on you poor thing; someone, but not me! Let’s see how many phones is that you have killed; or is that camera’s. still love ya though, mom

  8. Stephanie says:

    I did the same thing with Kyrin’s phone. It still works….kinda. The battery won’t hold much of a charge anymore so she has to charge it every night and a few of the arrow buttons don’t work so she can’t scroll through things like she use to. But it still works.

    I wish I had a phone for you!!! I gave my last one to another friend a while ago to upgrade her ancient one 🙁 You know if I had one..I’d give it to ya.

  9. Jay says:

    You don’t give up your dreams easily do you? LOL

    Poor wittle pink phone.

    It might hold a grudge for a while. 😉

  10. tommiea says:

    I dropped mine in the ocean this past summer. Because of the salt water , the battery started to rust!! The sound messed up for awhile…but now all is fine.

  11. giveitatry says:

    I’m thankful that I didn’t wash my cell phone today. 😉

  12. Karina says:

    There’s still hope for the pink phone. Several years ago I dropped my phone in a fish pond in front of my parents’ house. I, who can’t survive without a cell phone for even a few hours, immediatly went out and bought a new phone. About a week later, the old phone was working fine, and I gave it to my mom. She used it for at least 2 years longer. So, you see, there’s still hope.

  13. Mojokat says:

    The last time I heard something clunking around in the dryer, it turned out to be the cat…scared me to death when I opened the dryer door to find a fluffy kitten starring at me a bit dazed and short on breath. Thank goodness she’d only been in there a few seconds! That cat went through way more than 9 lives. The upside? She smelled Downy fresh for weeks and was static free! NICE! =-)

    I hope your phone comes round and is good to you for many years to come!

  14. gawilli says:

    At least the dryer still works!

  15. J-Funk says:

    oh, what a bummer! Sometimes it’s better when it’s over all at once and not drawn out. I hope you can find another pink phone!

  16. Dorky Dad says:

    You should try Craigslist. I just looked in the Seattle area and found a number of real cheap cell phones that would probably be good enough for a few months until you can get a discounted model.

    And clunking dryers are never good. Always bad.

  17. mrsgatt says:

    What a drag, but your optimism is refreshing.

  18. Carol says:

    Hey! I have a feeling I have a phone for you. Not home now, but when I get back I’ll look in the piano bench… which, for some unexplainable reason, is where we keep “extra” cell phones.


  19. coffespaz says:

    Awww..poor phone. I know what you mean. Once you get used to something its really hard to imagine your life without it, or some portion of it.

    Let me know if you don’t get a phone. I have an extra too that still works and I even think we have the charger for it.

    PS EMail me your mailing address…I have something for you. You share the prize for my recent contest.

  20. Tink says:

    I once dropped my phone in the sink, which was filled with water. My phone responded by promptly dying. So I transferred the card to another phone and stashed the dead one in a drawer somewhere. That must have scared it. Because three months later, when the other phone died mysteriously, I tried the dead one again and it worked fine! Maybe you just need to scare it.

  21. Pavel says:

    lol!!! That’s for answering my question!
    Personally, I think your phone will eventually reward you for your loyalty. Electronic equipment (sometimes) starts to work again, once everything COMPLETELY dries out.

    I fix computers for a living and I’ve seen keyboards whose owners have put them in the dishwasher to clean them and some have come back to life.

  22. Peggy says:

    The think that annoyed me was the guy at the store. 4 months is OLD? Cripes! Have a look on e-bay. There might be the exact same phone there for much less.

    I left my phone on the roof of my car overnight and there was a frost that night. The phone is still a bit “quirky” but usable.

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