In an email I received today, my friend Sue commented on how much she enjoyed sitting in the Jacuzzi at her RV park here in Desert Hot Springs last night, watching the clouds blow by overhead. She added that the swimming pool there is kept quite warm, so it can be enjoyed even during our current cool-and-cloudy spell.
When Odel and I went out for our morning walk and passed the common area, we decided to check out the temperature of OUR spas and swimming pool. I dipped my fingers into each of the Jacuzzis, then bent down to check the water temperature in the swimming pool. As I put my hands on the edge of the pool to hoist myself back up (butt first, I guess), I heard a small splash and saw my cell phone float through the water to land on the bottom of the three cement steps. Uh-oh!
A few sharp expletives slipped out of my mouth while my brain tried to process what I was watching. With my only thought being “GET IT OUT OF THE WATER”, I hopped up – amazingly quickly – and jumped in, waist deep. Keeping my head above water, I grabbed my phone with my right hand, water up over my shoulder. Cell phone in hand and eyes bugging out in shock, I climbed out of the pool.
Talk about eyes bugging out: Odel hadn’t seen the phone take a dive, he’d only seen me suddenly decide to go for a dip, fully clothed. Now I stood beside him, dripping wet but for my head and left arm, clutching my phone and looking woebegone.
Get this: my phone still worked! After squishing back home in dripping wet clothes and shoes, I decided to take the battery out and dry everything off. Well, that was apparently a bad idea. When I replaced the battery, things weren’t going so well and the phone wouldn’t come back to life.
To the computer! I googled “dropped my phone in water” and followed the recommended steps, including putting the phone in a container of rice to draw out the water inside.
Meanwhile, I got on Odel’s phone and called Verizon. I am eligible for a phone upgrade on Christmas Day, and managed to talk them into letting me upgrade early since they won’t be open on Christmas. That accomplished (with only three phone calls), I decided to get the phone out of its bed of rice and give it one more chance and – guess what? It is working again!
We’ll be stopping by the Verizon store tomorrow to do the early upgrade (if possible), since the phone is making some unusual sounds. Still, it’s been a reasonably good outcome for what looked to be a mini-disaster in the making. Now we need to finish up our walk. :)