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how I dropped my new phone in the toilet

figured I'd dedicate an entry to something I revealed in comments with harbourwitch... status of my new iphone.

Previously on the lj here I wrote that I was getting a new phone and wanted to be cautious and protective of it, which I was NOT doing with my old phone, I dropped that thing all the time. So in that beautiful entry (https://spacefem.livejournal.com/1019337.html) I identified three high-risk tasks that contributed to most of my phone drops:

1) Handling it while walking/running/moving
2) Leaving it in insecure pockets
3) Transitions from bag to table

Well, #2 was the one that got me. I was wearing leggings with pockets - a great invention! The pair I was wearing that day have back pockets on the butt cheeks like jeans.

These are athleta leggings, decently thick and supportive but still very stretchy. I had the phone in one of those back pockets, went to the restroom, I was taking them down to sit on the toilet and the phone just plopped out straight into the water.

I freaked and took it out immediately, took it out of the case, dried it off, chlorox wiped it (good thing toilet water was clear but it's still toilet water).

Because the 2020 SE is "water resistant" everything SEEMED fine!

Hours later, I went to bed and plugged it in to charge like always.

The next day, I woke up and there was a warning on my phone to the effect of "water detected in charging port, unplug me and let me dry out." Awe CRAP! I hadn't seen that warning when I went to bed, I plugged it in and went to sleep. so the cable was plugged in all night!

Ever since then, it doesn't charge with the lightning port cable.

By some miracle my earbuds still work that use the same port! So I guess output works, input does not.

Marc already had two wireless charging pads so that's how I charge my phone now. But it was a lesson. I was also reminded of last year when I read Digital Minimalism, I spent a month very consciously taking my phone to fewer places. The bathroom was one of those places. Meals were the other. This was a great idea, because you really shouldn't have A Thing that you take both to the bathroom and to the dinner table, right? You wouldn't grab silverware to go eat and hold it in your hand while you're sitting on a toilet, that would be super gross. So I also could have avoided this by not allowing my phone to be in the bathroom at all. Good idea, if I can stick to it. But I really love holding the internet in my hand.
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