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By ana (Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 04:57:55 PM EST) idiocy (all tags)
In which the author reports a momentary lapse of attention with expensive consequences.

So a couple weeks ago, as toxicfur reported, we got new T-mobile phones, largely on the recommendation of various folks here who commented on a previous diary of mine.

The customer service is remarkable. They had a good deal of trouble getting both phones activated, but were very patient and got it all straightened out with one phone call after we got home. Turns out they'd accidentally assigned the same phone number to both phones, and so one of them was deactivated. But it could be fixed from afar, so it's all good.

Until yesterday. I inherited several pairs of pants from toxicfur, when we did a closet cleanout. Some of them fit me, so I kept them. Several of these have exotic pockets, including the pants I wore Friday night; it has a zip-up pocket low on the right outer seam that's just the right size for a cell phone.

Apparently I forgot to check this pocket before doing laundry on Saturday morning. I had noticed a certain unaccustomed clunkiness to the sound the dryer was making, but when I came back to clean the lint trap, the cell phone battery came out in my hand. A search revealed the phone itself, with a substantial amount of condensation inside the screen, but no plastic backshell. So I shoveled the wet clothes back in and let the dryer continue.

The phone I set to dry, with the battery out, for hours yesterday.

When the clothes were done, I took them out, but the dryer had developed an alarming tendency to screech when the drum rotates. Apparently the plastic backshell, still missing, or some portion thereof, had gotten lodged in a mechanism someplace. So we'll hafta summon the appliance guy to look the dryer over.

The T-mobile kiosk in the mall was absolutely no help, but Radio Shack happily sold me another phone just like the dead one, and transferred my SIM card for me. So I'm back in business again, phone-wise. Fortunately my contacts list is backed up at the company, so that's safe. I could keep it on my SIM card, but I didn't do that. Some customization settings were lost as well, but that's minor.

Cost so far: $106. Dunno what the dryer repair guy will charge, but it's gonna be a couple hundred, I'd bet.

ana <--- idjit

In other news, we got three inches of rain (that's a metric fucktonne for you heathens out there) between Friday evening and Sunday morning. Fortunately, that rained out the final softball game of the regular season, giving us a record of 0-6-1, having tied one of the better teams in the league. So we're not absolutely in the basement (there are two other teams with records of 0-6 and 0-7). Everybody makes the playoffs, so there'll be one more game come Saturday (weather permitting).
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At least the phone is clean by cam (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 06:49:37 PM EST
it didnt say in the instructions to "not put the phone in a washing machine to ensure it is clean and good order" so you are probably ok.

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File under the rubric by ana (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Sep 13, 2009 at 08:14:25 PM EST
"Nobody told me not to shave the kitten."

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