Fandango’s Flashback Friday — March 5

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 5th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.


This was originally posted on March 5, 2018 on this blog. It was a Monday. But it was…

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 my iPhone slowly become airborne. I tried to react as quickly as I could. I 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.”

30 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — March 5

  1. Mister Bump UK March 5, 2021 / 4:56 am

    I remember a very unpleasant experience beginning with toddler daughter and the kitchen sink, and ending with a totally dead phone. A sign of things to come. Fortunately no pee involved.

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  2. Mason Bushell March 5, 2021 / 8:46 am

    It had to land in the toilet, huh? Still at least it had the decency to keep working after.

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    • Fandango March 5, 2021 / 9:37 am

      Yeah, I was worried when I kept getting that error message, though.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Mason Bushell March 5, 2021 / 10:06 am

        I bet you were, nearly lost it!

        A tip, when you wet electronics, if you take the battery out and leave them open. Then sit them in your airing cupboard on ontop of the warm boiler it will rescue most of them, every time should your phone fancy a swim again.

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        • Fandango March 5, 2021 / 11:48 am

          Unfortunately, the iPhone is built in such a way that the battery is not accessible and cannot be removed from the phone except by an Apple technician.

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  3. rugby843 March 5, 2021 / 10:14 am

    I had a similar experience but it was in the kitchen sink.  I guess I’m no longer capable to read a phone while filling a teakettle with the other hand.  I ended up putting it in a bag of rice in the freezer and that worked.  My left hand is getting weaker these days which is a bummer.

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

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