Saturday, April 5, 2014

Drowning Cell Phones and Orange Stories

Barb from Work told a funny tale one morning this past week.

Seems her recently-married daughter was doing the laundry and inadvertently washed her husband's quite-expensive cell phone as well.

Not only did he leave the cell phone in his pocket (which she will now check before laundering) but the phone was still on.

So, as it was churning away in the sudsy water, it was sporadically sending texts as well. Barb got some gobbledygook sent to her. Apparently so did the son-in-law's ex-wife and lawyer … ooooh, that's good.

I had a vision in my head of a panicked, drowning cell phone frantically sending out texts for help:
im drowning in bubble ...  help  cant see … send IT … oh the horror

I wish I was a cartoonist. The visions had me chuckling.

Yes, I chuckle.

On an unrelated but equally imaginative note, the Vernon Public Library is making the most of a recent flood. As a celebration of their rebirth, a literary contest has been launched for both children and adults. I particularly like the premise for the children's contest:

Vernon Library staff in the 'Big Orange Tent'

“The Vernon branch of Okanagan Regional Library is very orange these days,” said ORL communications manager Michele Rule.

“Big orange tarps cover most of the first floor. What is going on behind them? Is the world becoming orange? Are all the books going to taste like oranges now? Are the words extra juicy? Are the workmen building something extra special for us back there? Is it going to be a zoo full of orange animals? Only you can tell us, with your imagination.” 

If you are a kid age 15 or under, the library wants your stories and your poems, and your drawings of the world behind the big orange tent.

Doesn't that sound great?! What a wonderful concept. I look forward to the submissions.


  1. That washing machine looks like a present day robot.

    1. It does, doesn't it? Never thought of it that way until you said. I remember using one exactly like it, and the rinsing tubs that went along with the job. And my mother's urgent and frequent caution not to get our fingers caught in the rollers.

      You know, they are still commonly used here, in remote areas where water is still hauled from a well and electricity is supplied by a generator. They are also favoured by people like my husband for washing work coveralls and by gardeners for washing potatoes and carrots for winter storage.