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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Phones don't float, they sink

The Motorola back flipped from my pocket and went straight to the bottom of a very large puddle: glug, glug, glug. I retrieved it stripped it, took it home and left it to dry overnight.

In the morning, no luck. I went to the phone store. For $10 they would put it in the dry-out machine for an hour. If that worked, I could have it back for $100. Or, I could buy a new phone. Or...

I bought a Google Pixel 3, whatever that means. It is smaller by far than the Motorola's, I do not like Samsung and the other android brands, and the salesmen told me the Pixel 3 is the best camera on the market. When pigs fly, they could deliver the Brooklyn Bridge!


Here are the paper narcissus. They are done so soon. The ones with petals laid back are a day old.


Canterbury Bells. I do not recall them blooming so early in the past.


Dan asked me how I would move everything from the garden to the new lot, and I told him it would remain, and I hoped the new folks would take care of it. And the old grump actually said "What a shame; and it's looking so good. After three years"! The new camera doesn't seem to make any difference.


37 comments:

  1. I would certainly take the plants. but I am sentimental about plants, I have traveled around with many and they seem to live! It is a miracle because I do not fuss over them much.

    Pretty sure you know about putting drowned phones covered in uncooked rice for a couple of days, it always works for us.

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  2. I think you will be very happy with your new phone. My nephew had a pixel phone. I hope your new neighbours will look after the garden which I agree is looking very good.

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  3. they wanted to charge you $10 to put it in the dry out machine for an hour and then ransom it for $100 if it worked? what a scam. My old flip phone got soaked once and I opened it up blah blah and then used a can of compressed air for cleaning dust out of keyboards to blow out all the moisture. the next day it worked fine.

    it is a shame to be leaving the garden but without Laura to do all the grunt work I understand why you are.

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  4. We've left so many gardens on moving house usually just when they are beginning to look good after all the work setting them up!

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  5. Does the Pixel 3 have 3 pixels? Don't you hate salesmen?

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    1. Yes, and for their youthful expertise and intuitive knowledge most of all.

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  6. That ransom for your phone bit is pretty underhanded.

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  7. Hari om
    I dunno...maybe just that bit crisper? A fair bet the images are a 'heavier' bunch of pixels though, which means you can do more with them, such as make posters and such.

    Having left gardens to others I know they will not remain the same. I have always taken any ornaments though... YAM xx

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  8. Glad you got your phone sorted out so quickly. And the plants look great...I hope you have some good potted plants for your new garden!

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  9. I wonder what this garden will look like this time next year. And what your new garden will look like.
    Sigh (and a bit of hissing and spitting) at the phone and the sales boffin.

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  10. One hundred dollars? Full disclosure I dropped my cell phone years ago in the toilet and lost all my contacts. Oh well....

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  11. Unbelievable what they expected for fixing the phone! Ridiculous!

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  12. Quite frankly, I would not go back to that phone store.
    But, I understand. You're there, it's a fast option...
    It is really sad to leave your plants behind but I understand perfectly. How I hope that the new tenants will take care of them. But, that's just something you can't control. Let go and let god? I was never any good at that.

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  13. We put wet phones in the airing cupboard to dry out for free.

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  14. I have read that putting a wet phone into a bag full of rice and leaving it overnight will dry it. I don't know if it works.

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  15. As Emma says, rice might work, but I suspect not after a complete dunking.

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  16. The dry-out service sounds dubious. May the new inhabitants enjoy the garden you're leaving them.

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  17. The rice does work, probably the secret they are using at the phone store. If they succeed in drying out your phone, they probably sell it if you don't pay the ransom!

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  18. The first mandavilla here will soon bloom, from you I learned how to call the flower I have loved for years. I'm sure you'll have a beautiful garden in the new house as well.

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  19. So you are leaving everything? Even the seat, the birdbath, that pretty yellow ball....? At least you can still see them while walking around.

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  20. Joanne, my phone fell into the kitchen sink when I was washing dishes about a year ago. I took it apart, dried it out, and left it in a tupperware full of raw rice for 48 hours. It worked! It hasn't happened again, but I keep that tupperware full of rice ready.

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  21. Luckily I've never dropped my phone in a puddle. But I did once drop my credit card into a hot cup of coffee. I dried it off and miraculously it still worked perfectly! Yes, I hope your old garden isn't shamefully neglected by the new residents....

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  22. Joanne, I think that little plant is Heuchera or Coral Bells not Canterbury Bells. Rice for wet phones works well. Have a good mothers day!

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    1. I know its name when I'm reminded. And for a one time cost of $10, I bought phone replacement insurance.

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    2. That's a good deal. After my old HTC refused to turn on, Verizon offered me replacement insurance for $10 A MONTH. I declined.

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  23. Sorry to hear about your phone's back flip. But at least it fell in a puddle and not the toilet.

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  24. I hope for your sake that they keep the garden up because you will see it every day and it will sadden you if it deteriorates. My school keeps a huge bin of rice that they throw the computer mother boards in. There are often accidental spills on the keyboards. Cats are good for knocking over cups or at least that is what I blame mine on.

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  25. Oh, but it is looking delightful. We used to have those out in the garden when I am growing up. Why not take the narcissi.

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  26. I learned that too the hard way a few months back with phones. They certainly don't like being submersed into water. Hope you are learning all the functions of your new phone (I'm still learning mine).

    Garden does look good. I hope the next people that live there keep up with the loving work you and Laura put into it.

    betty

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  27. oops forgot to add Happy Mother's Day!

    betty

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  28. Great plant pictures. I would be dividing those perennials and taking them with me if it was my my garden.

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  29. That is a lovely garden - if I lived closer, I would move it for you. On the upside, I bet it will be a selling point for the next owners.

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  30. Google did develop the Android system so you are buying the phone from the creators of the phone's smarts. I like my LG. Nice pics.

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  31. My husband just bought me a pixel 3 for an anniversary present, which was very sweet. My current phone, 5 years old, has an erratic battery. the people in the verizon store fixed it up to be a phone but that's all. I'm fairly intimidated at having to figure the rest out myself.

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  32. My sister loves the Google Pixel phones, so I think you did well. I have to admit to liking my Samsung. I tend to stick with something if I understand how it works.

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