Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Week With Technology

Tuesday - I thought my Garmin 305 had a full charge when I went to Tuesday night's Track Club workout, but apparently not. so. much.

It crapped out after 1.92 miles (the first two of 5 1000 repeats). Which was really a bummer because now that I've downloaded the stats, I'd actually like to see how fast I was running in the last three miles. I thought I was running REALLY SLOW. I mean, I was running on grass and even running with the slow group, I was among the last. But in the 3rd and 4th miles, I actually felt like I was running OK (e.g. I wasn't last). So now I'm curious because in the first mile I had a 10:19 pace and I even had a 10:53 pace in the second mile...and that's not even that bad considering that I'd had no rest (I got back to the start just as the group was taking off again),
Oh...and did I mention those splits were on GRASS?

Anyway, I'll never know how stellar those splits were, so GAH on the Garmin which doesn't seem to want to hold a charge right now.

Friday - If you've seen my Twitter or FB posts or feeds, you know that last night when I came home from a day-long training, I dropped my new iPhone in the toilet...


Even worse, this time I have no amusing story to accompany the drop. I was just doing what I do every day when I come home from work, I go straight to the bathroom to pee.

But yesterday I was distracted. I was tired. I was hungry. My kids were home for the first time all week, so I forgot that I still had the iPhone in my back pocket.

But as I heard the "splosh" and I hadn't even sat down yet, I remembered.


I grabbed it immediately and at first, it looked OK.

The screen still worked.

I could make calls.

I could get email.

But in the next few hours, I started getting random operating messages. Then the home button stopped working. By 9pm, the whole thing stopped operating.

So, I resigned myself to paying the $199 replacement fee for a new iPhone and made an appointment at the Genius Bar at 9:00 this morning.

When I got there, I told the guy the truth, that I'd dropped it in some water. He asked politely if I wanted to tell him where, I sighed and told him that it fell out of my back pocket and into the toilet.

He smiled and said, "That happens a lot."

I replied, "yeah, it's happened to me'd think I'd learn..."

"Really? Twice?"

Anyway, after he activated the new phone, he handed me the receipt and told me that since the phone was only 3 months old, and since I'd come in early, and hadn't tried to make up excuses about what happened to it, and because he didn't want to ruin my weekend, he was just going to replace it for FREE!!!



I guess good karma and telling the truth pays off after all!

I also love the Apple store genius right now.

As for running/training this week? I give myself a big D- because while I did go the track club on Tuesday, I haven't done anything else beside work and go out to dinner with Walter.

I am running the Light the Night 5K tonight with Walter and Turbo and some of the herd, but it's only a 5K and I REALLY need to get some long runs in at some point in the next month or so.

If I'm feeling OK, I think I'll try a 6 or 7 mile run tomorrow as well. I probably WON'T run w/the new iPhone though.


  1. I've never dropped a phone in the toilet. Maybe because I don't carry one in my pocket. But it's cool you got your iphone replaced for free! maybe you need to get a waterproof cover for it since yours likes to go swimming...

  2. I am tempted by the iPhone. My current phone contract is up in a few months. I am so tempted.

    If it's in your back pocket, don't you sit on it?

    Nice they replaced it for free.

  3. Okay. I finally signed up for Surf City HM today. Whee!

    Yes - I read that article. I realy don't mind the long runs. I *did* mind 24 weeks of them though....

  4. I don't know how I ever lived without my Iphone! Sweet that they replaced for free!
    I love when I drop my pager at work in the toilet-unfortunately, for me, they replace that too!!!

  5. Hey Alice,
    Great news about the iPhone replacement. I had to pay $400 to replace mine after it was stolen.

    I have a question about the garmin. Do you recommend it? Can you tell me a bit more about it. I didn't get much info off the website.

  6. SUHWEET!!! Free replacement rocks :)

    What a nice surprise!

  7. How awesome that you got your phone replaced for free!

    I'm looking forward to the Surf City Half. We'll have to meet this time!

    I hope you had a great race tonight. :)

  8. I don't carry my phone around with me; otherwise, I'm sure I'd have the same thing happen to me.

    I have, however, washed Jerry's phone. Twice now. It should really be a lesson to him to do his own laundry.

  9. Free replacement! That rocks!! To funny that it's happened twice though lol.

  10. ZOMG, sister! You were sitting on a gold mine and didn't realize it! You accidentally invented the iPoop, but gave it BACK to Apple!1!

    Now they'll make BILLIONS selling people pre-dunked-in-toilet-water iPhones (aka iPoops)!

    You've been iPwned!1!

  11. Huh! Who knew honesty pays?!

    I've done this before and this is a primary reason why I won't get phones that are slick.