During a sailing trip last week, my iPhone got wet and...well…it is no longer of this earth. It was just a few drops of water, I thought. But by the time I got home, it was acting up.
The iPhone front display had all these strange images in the background. It looked like a black and white version of a tie-dye t-shirt. The charge life went from zero to 100 and then back to zero.
My wife Angela had 2 suggestions: put it in a bag of rice (good idea, but too late) and always carry my iPhone in a sealed plastic bag when sailing.
So now I live without an iPhone, without a cell phone, without a connection to the outside world 24/7.
It’s crazy how much I miss having my phone. I’m constantly feeling my right pocket thinking it’s there. When I go grocery shopping, I can no longer take a photo in order to verify with Angela that I have the right product at the right price.
The other day during a doctor’s appointment, the waiting room didn’t have any magazines. Without my phone, my choices were to read a brochure on senior’s abuse or try not to stare at other patients. I stared.
But the worst part is making contact with other human beings. I send a text once a week to my buddy with my picks for an NFL pool. Currently, I can’t do that. I don’t know his phone number off the top of my head and time is running out.
My choices are email on my home computer or use our landline phone. However, a home phone call usually requires a certain amount of small talk before getting down to the reason for the call. I don’t like small talk.
My daughter has an extra phone she said I can have, but I won’t be seeing her until next week. What do I do until then? I feel like a junkie who needs a fix of data.
I went on-line to see if I could perhaps fix my phone. One YouTube video explained how to take your phone apart and replace the battery. But it required tiny cell phone-size screwdrivers that had to be ordered online. Another video suggested that the phone be placed in Isopropyl Alcohol for one minute in order to remove any water and eliminate any corrosion caused by the water. It sounded like a good idea, so I tried the alcohol, followed by a session in a bag of rice. I wait
So, if you messaged me recently and I didn’t get back, sorry. I’m in cell phone limbo at the moment and it’s not pretty.