Jun 25, 2014

It’s A Good Thing I Don’t Use My Cellphone

Last Thursday I ran a red light in the main intersection in Kailua and had a small accident.  I don’t know where my mind was but I realized it the moment I crossed into the intersection and tried to get out of the way of the oncoming cars.  Unfortunately, one poor soul, also not paying attention, crashed into me.  I don’t use my cellphone in the car, or almost anywhere else, so this was not the problem.  It was an alternate definition of a no brainer.

At any rate, this started a long process talking to my insurance company (readers of this blog know I have an intimate relationship with State Farm).  They were glad to hear from me.  There is only one State Farm approved auto body shop on our side of the island and so I immediately picked them.  Went up there with my son and discovered they had a backlog of two weeks and it would take six weeks to get my car back.  So, after many conversations with claims and RPMS auto body, the car was moved to Pearl City where it will be repaired in two weeks.

All of that was backstory to the multi-tasking effort (another no brainer) that caused my home phone to drop to the bottom of our pool while I was talking to the person at RPMS.  It happened twice:  the first time I was able to grab it mid air, and then, not learning my lesson,  I went back to the holding-your-phone-between-neck-and-shoulder position and resumed trying to fix the pool sweep (multitasking).   Shortly, the phone fell off my shoulder and headed to the bottom of the pool.

At first I tried to yell that I had dropped the phone (as it was heading water-wards) and then I imagined the person on the other end talking underwater and sounding like we did when we were kids and tried to sit on the bottom of the pool and have a conversation.  I rushed into the house and picked up another headset, actually thinking the person would still be blubbering about the estimate.  She had probably gotten smart when she heard the splash and hung up.

A bit later I suited up and dove to the bottom of the pool to retrieve the head set.  I pulled out the batteries and laid the whole mess in the sun in what I assumed to be a losing effort to restore the phone.  Ian came home and threw the phone in the rice jar.  Neither of us actually expected it to work, but this morning we put the batteries back in and lo and behold — the headset works.  So I highly recommend Panasonic, a company who gave no guarantees of waterproof, and I can tell you the headsets are good to a depth of 9 feet.  It is a good thing I don’t use my cellphone.

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Gloria. Circa 1955.

Gloria. Circa 2012.

Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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