Earlier tonight I was changing the water in my fish tank and, as I normally do, I was listening to some tunes on my iPod while doing the maintenance. I was wearing gym shorts and had the iPod in the back pocket, with the Apple earbuds running up my back and going into my ears from the back, so that they would not interfere if they were in the front. I’ve done this many times before without issue.
After finishing up the tank maintenance and putting everything away, I went into the bathroom to wash my hands. While I was bending over the sink washing the soap off my hands I felt a tug at my ear, the music stopped playing, I heard a ding, then a splash. I quickly looked over at the toilet next to the sink, my heart sank, and several expletives unconsciously lept out of my mouth.
For there, lying deep in the toilet, was my five week old white iPod nano.
I thought about reaching in pulling the iPod out, but my phobia of electricity took over. My mind must have said, “Wait! iPod has a battery, battery has electrical charge, water is good conductor of said electrical charge, DON’T TOUCH IT!!!” With my luck, I would get electrocuted and it would be all over the news. “Moron gets electrocuted by his iPod. Story at eleven!” would be the TV teasers. ”iIdiot gets iKilled by iToilet” would be the Daily News headline, while the Post would just have the one word, “iDumbass”. It would be hell for my mother, because for the rest of her life, whenever she made dinner reservations, someone would recognize her last name and bring up the fact that her son was killed fishing an iPod out of a toilet. She would never live it down.
After about 30 seconds, the display flickered and went off. After a few more expletives, I realized that this was all the fault of two guys I work with. Earlier in the day, they were asking me about some of the boneheaded things I’ve done (like fall out of bed) and making fun of me. They jinxed me. They gave me bad karma. It was their fault and they were going to have to deal with my wrath. I took a few pics to remember this incident and rub it in their faces. It was during the photo shoot that I realized that the headphones did not completely fall into the toilet with the iPod, so I used the dry part to fish out the iPod, using toilet paper to actually grab hold of the soaked device (I figured that toilet paper couldn’t be a good conductor of electricity). I shook it off and laid it on the sink face up.
I’ve dropped electronic devices in water before, and I know that as long as it’s fresh water, and you let things dry out completely before trying to turn the device on again, it will sometimes work fine. With that in mind, the iPod has been placed in the kitchen near the window to try and help it dry out. Today is Tuesday. I figure four days is a good time frame to let it dry out. I’ll give it a try on Saturday to see if it can be salvaged or if it’s a total loss.