Not a Typical Monday

iPhone in the toiletEver had one of those Mondays? I don’t mean a typical Monday when you wake up with the realization that it’s Monday. I am talking about one of those Mondays, like the one I’m having today. It started when I woke up this morning.

As I always do as soon as I wake up, I turned on my iPhone. And, just as I also always do, I brought it with me into the bathroom. I placed the device on the wire shelving above the toilet, lifted up the toilet seat, removed my man-equipment from its hiding place, and proceeded to do what needed to be done.

Upon finishing, I tucked myself back in and noticed that the iPhone started to slip from the wire shelving above the toilet. Oh shit! And that’s when time began to move in slow motion.

My eyes widened as I saw it slowly become airborne. I tried to react as quickly as I could and reached out toward the falling device, but my timing and my aim were both a little off. The iPhone had just enough of a head start, and my reactions were just a touch too slow, to grab the device in mid-air.

And then I heard the sound of the splash when my iPhone plunged into the toilet bowl. Oh the horror!

My options were limited. I couldn’t flush the toilet because my iPhone could have been sucked down the toilet trap and into the city’s sewage system. So, despite my misgivings, I reached my hand down into the yellowish water and retrieved the iPhone.

I shook it a few times over the bathroom sink to try to get any liquid that may have gotten inside of it to drain out. Then I grabbed a towel and dried it as quickly as I could. Once dried, I put it aside and washed my hands.

I examined my iPhone, hoping that it was still in working order. The home screen still showed all of the icons and I could still navigate to view my email, check the web, open the weather app, and go pretty much anywhere I needed to go. Yup, it seemed that the phone, despite its plunge into the toilet bowl, was still working. Phew!

My next test was to see if the telephone aspect of the iPhone was still functioning. I was relieved when it worked as expected, although I admit that I didn’t put the phone right up next to my ear. I used the speakerphone.

But then a message starting appearing on my iPhone’s screen every few minutes. It read, “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone,” which was strange since there was no cable or accessory plugged into it. I turned the phone off and back on, but the message persisted. Uh oh. Something was amiss.

A few hours later, when my battery was down to about 50%, I inserted the charging cable into my iPhone. Good news! The device was, in fact, charging! And the error message disappeared.

So despite plunging into a urine-filled toilet bowl, my iPhone seems to be fine. I have decided, though, given that it was submerged, albeit ever so briefly, in a toilet bowl into which I had just peed, that the bathroom is going to be off-limits to my device from now on.

I sure hope the rest of my Monday is going to be more typical.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “typical.”

23 thoughts on “Not a Typical Monday

  1. Angel March 5, 2018 / 8:21 am

    First, is that actually a picture of your phone submerged in your pee (as in urine; not pea, as in yummy green polka dot). Second, if so, I find it hilarious—and telling of our society—that in your panic to retrieve your phone from certain death, you stopped first to take a picture! 🤣 Happy Monday!

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    • Fandango March 5, 2018 / 9:17 am

      The bigger question is whether or not this actually happened to me this morning or if I made it all up as a response to today’s one-word prompt! 🤔


      • Angel March 5, 2018 / 9:19 am

        HA! I asked myself that question, but then I decided to believe everything I read on the internet today. Typical. 😝

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong March 5, 2018 / 10:49 am

    If you think it might be damp inside, put it into a bowl of dry rice for a day. That will usually suck the humidity out of it.

    My room deodorant bounced off the window sill into the john this morning … and it has been on that shelf forever. It must really BE one of those days.

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  3. Sight11 March 5, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    Why would you in God’s good name bring the phone with you to the bathroom Sensei? That’s pure addiction..

    Liked by 2 people

    • rugby843 March 7, 2018 / 1:24 pm

      I always have to but keep it on the wheelchair seat. I have to have it in case I get stuck in there some way or fall.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. rugby843 March 7, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    This just made my day, laughed so much. The description was brilliant. And I must say your toilet is immaculate. It’s Wednesday, so you’ve survived!😂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango March 7, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      Yes, everything is right with the world…and with my iPhone. ☺️

      Liked by 1 person

  5. rugby843 March 7, 2018 / 1:29 pm

    My phone fell in the sink with soapy water as I tried doing two things at once. I used the rice bag but also put the whole bag in the freezer. It recovered, thank heavens. It wasn’t funny as your experience but a couple of days without it made me realize my dependency.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango March 7, 2018 / 5:32 pm

      Yes, people who have smartphones tend to become dependent upon them.

      Liked by 1 person

      • rugby843 March 7, 2018 / 5:34 pm

        It’s a necessity for me. No land phone which would be useless if I wasn’t next to me

        Liked by 1 person

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