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August 3, 2011


Our good friends the Peperkorns are moving to California and will be stopping by soon. Lloyd and I were trying to spiff the place up, and as he was vacuuming, there was suddenly a terrible, terrible noise.

(Question: If you were driving a vacuum and it suddenly made a terrible, terrible noise, wouldn’t you stop said vacuum immediately? Somebody didn’t, and can’t seem to explain his actions. I maintain that it is because he is so unfamiliar with using a vacuum that he thought the sound was normal. He does the same thing when a spoon is in the disposal.)

Back to the story: I screamed, “Stop!”, then we turned over the vacuum to see all the length of my phone charger cord wrapped around the beater bar. The plug-in part was far, far away from it.


Ripped apart like something that is ripped apart.

Hmmmmm. This could be a problem. It’s not that I call people very much, but I do use the alarm clock feature (three alarms: The ‘wake up’ one, the ‘you should be out of the shower by now’ one, and the ‘you should be eating breakfast by now’ one). When I go on home visits I set the alarm so I leave in time for the next visit. I can’t lose battery power!

I thought I could just use my car charger, but I don’t drive enough to charge up the phone without wearing out the car battery. I went to buy a replacement charger at Wal-Mart, but they didn’t have the right size. They did have a cool car-charger-to-outlet gadget, though. Perfect!

Guess what? I can’t find my car charger anywhere. Have you seen it?

Not a big deal. We have a U.S. Cellular place in town and I thought I could just stop by every couple of days and switch out the battery, or just break down and buy a new charger. Until then, I’m returning calls from my Google account:

It's free!  Well, I pay for internet.

Funny true story: At my last home visit, I sat down at the table and there was my phone’s twin! I told the parents my sob story and asked if I could borrow a cup of electricity as we visited. They very kindly obliged.

So, it’s time to buy a new charger…… or a new phone. 😀

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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7 Responses to “Please leave a message”

  1. Gretchen Said on:

    I am simultaneously laughing and crying because I feel your pain and that SO could happen to me.


  2. Brad Said on:

    Your phone is so old they don’t sell charger cords for it any more?


    • Lauren Said on:

      Not in the generic charger section at Wal-Mart. That makes me crazy. It’s like camera cords -- can’t we all just agree to make a standardized port size so we don’t have all these cords clogging up the ocean?


    • Lloyd Said on:

      Your phone is so old, you accidentally butt-dialed a dinosaur!


  3. Peggy Said on:

    D’oh! Sorry ’bout that Lauren.

    I have to confess that I don’t always stop vacuuming when I hear a noise. It’s usually just a penny clunking around…or a paper clip. But I do always stop when I start to smell that ‘burning’ smell.

    AND, I didn’t know you can return calls on a google account! How does that work?


    • Lauren Said on:

      If you have a gmail account, over on the left where your contacts are it says ‘chat’. Click on that and a ‘call’ icon comes up. If you have a microphone and speakers (headphones actually work better), you’re good to go!


  4. Kristi Said on:

    Oh, this is not good. So, Lloyd is going to vacuum for eternity now so that he know how a vacuum is supposed to sound, right?


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