Cell Phone In The Washing Machine, My Partner Freaks

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    May 17, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
    He put his cell phone through the washing machine a little over an hour ago. Absolutely freaking, and the thing clearly dead forever.

    I am never calmer than when those around me are not. I told him I'll solve this. "How will I get my calls?" he's fussing. "I need my phone at work tomorrow!" Totally having kittens.

    "Go sit down at your TV," I tell him, "And I'll solve this in minutes."

    The ace up my sleeve was my Apple iPhone 3GS, which I kept when I got my 4. I merely phoned AT&T and asked how do I cancel his drowned Samsung, and reactivate the 3GS in its place. They told me where the "secret" door is to the iPhone's SIM card. I swapped them, they made the switch at their end, and voila! He's now an iPhone user.

    Probably a reluctant one, but he's got an interim solution until he decides what new phone he ultimately wants. I always solve my partner's problems. That's my job. Can we not all say the same thing?
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    May 17, 2011 10:50 PM GMT
    The reminds me...I need to get a new phone next week. icon_lol.gif
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    May 17, 2011 11:11 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe reminds me...I need to get a new phone next week. icon_lol.gif

    Why?
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    May 17, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    Gawd, he's still bitching about having to deal with a 3GS smartphone, instead of the simple flip-phone he had.

    "Well, then next time, don't leave it in your pants when you wash them! And if you want something different, then YOU come up with the money for it this time. I've bought you enough cell phones!"

    Yah know, sometimes you have to get stern with these senior citizens. They're just like little kids. And BTW, if you ever tell him I said that, I'll break both your legs in several places. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 17, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    I think the entire purpose of this thread was to subtly imply that you're going to have very hot "I'm pissed with you!" sex followed by equally as hot "make up" sex, and we all know it. So just stop with the pretense and brag already...okay?icon_wink.gif
  • LJay

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    May 18, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    My cell phone is fine, but if someone will help with the post trauma sex, I'll run it through the washer.
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    May 18, 2011 12:03 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    paulflexes saidThe reminds me...I need to get a new phone next week. icon_lol.gif

    Why?
    I've went through ~10 batteries for my current phone, and it's time to order new batteries yet again...current battery life is ~1.5 hrs of talk time, and even less if I do a lot of texting. The charging port is also screwy, as in I have to jiggle the cord to make it start charging. That makes it impossible to charge+talk at the same time if needed...have to wait on it to charge before using it.

    And to top it all off, it's an el cheapo "dumb phone" (opposite of smart phone) that does not connect to the computer to store contacts. If I lose it or it breaks, I lose contact with a shitload of people.
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    May 18, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    MuscleComeBack saidI think the entire purpose of this thread was to subtly imply that you're going to have very hot "I'm pissed with you!" sex followed by equally as hot "make up" sex, and we all know it. So just stop with the pretense and brag already...okay?icon_wink.gif

    Actually, no. But not a bad idea. He owes me for the drama I had to muffle a few hours ago. I actually HATE having to always being the adult in charge. It really wears me down.

    For once I'd like to be the innocent bystander, who has nothing to do with anything. Or even better, not involved in any way whatsoever. I just grow tired of drama, even watching it. I'd really like to be in a quieter place. It seems I never am. icon_sad.gif
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    May 18, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Art_Deco said
    paulflexes saidThe reminds me...I need to get a new phone next week. icon_lol.gif

    Why?
    I've went through ~10 batteries for my current phone, and it's time to order new batteries yet again...current battery life is ~1.5 hrs of talk time, and even less if I do a lot of texting. The charging port is also screwy, as in I have to jiggle the cord to make it start charging. That makes it impossible to charge+talk at the same time if needed...have to wait on it to charge before using it.

    And to top it all off, it's an el cheapo "dumb phone" (opposite of smart phone) that does not connect to the computer to store contacts. If I lose it or it breaks, I lose contact with a shitload of people.

    Well, a little later my task tonight is to teach C how to use an iPhone. Not gonna be pretty.

    I mean, he IS smart, don't misunderstand. It's his deliberate resistance to the concept of a smartphone I've gotta overcome. He's a stubborn bitch (well, so am I).

    My goal will be to get him to answer it and place simple calls for a few days, so he can function, until we can get him a new phone. And I'll have to continue to remind him that *I* didn't put his goddamn phone in the washing machine -- HE did. And this interim solution is better than no solution at all.

    Oh, gawd, from one crisis to the next. icon_sad.gif
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    May 18, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    Just don't let him wash the iPhone. I did that - tried all the online tricks, like burying it in rice for several days - but it was toast. Cost me $200 for an out-of-warranty "repair." Grrrr.
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    May 18, 2011 1:05 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidGawd, he's still bitching about having to deal with a 3GS smartphone, instead of the simple flip-phone he had.

    "Well, then next time, don't leave it in your pants when you wash them! And if you want something different, then YOU come up with the money for it this time. I've bought you enough cell phones!"

    Yah know, sometimes you have to get stern with these senior citizens. They're just like little kids. And BTW, if you ever tell him I said that, I'll break both your legs in several places. icon_biggrin.gif



    This made my day. I mean it clearly sucks for you. But the verbal details are great. Congrats on the interim solution.
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    May 18, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidGawd, he's still bitching about having to deal with a 3GS smartphone, instead of the simple flip-phone he had.

    "Well, then next time, don't leave it in your pants when you wash them! And if you want something different, then YOU come up with the money for it this time. I've bought you enough cell phones!"

    Yah know, sometimes you have to get stern with these senior citizens. They're just like little kids. And BTW, if you ever tell him I said that, I'll break both your legs in several places. icon_biggrin.gif



    This made my day. I mean it clearly sucks for you. But the verbal details are great. Congrats on the interim solution.

    Yeah, he's using it right now. I think he understands how to answer a call, but placing one may take some time. He's not stupid, but he's got this anti-technology bias common with his age group. I'll likely have to get him a new phone in a few days. As you note, this is an interim solution, to keep him from going nuts without a phone of any kind.

    He was really all depressed at first about destroying his phone. It's important that I keep him positive. That's my job. You should have seen him last year when somebody stole his cell phone, because he was careless. Total basket case. OK, I got him a replacement within hours. I solve his problems.

    That's what I'm supposed to do. I'm rather proud that I got this problem solved (though not entirely to his satisfaction) under 30 minutes.

    But update as I was typing this, the newest problem -- there's always something. The satellite service has cut off some of his favorite TV channels, he just discovered it. Now I gotta solve that crisis. Between you & me, he's getting a bit high maintenance. I know I'm supposed to take care of him, but wiping his ass at his beck & call is starting to annoy me. I expect my partner to be an adult, not a 4-year old. arrrrgggghhhh!!!!!!!
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    May 18, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    LOL. So by popping his SIM in the 3GS, not only does he have a functional phone, but he now has an additional data plan tacked on to his account. icon_lol.gif
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    May 18, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    Poor Art_Deco:

    You know my partner solves my problems as quickly as I resolve his. Oftentimes, we resolve our own problems, but I understand your point.

    Recently, he appreciated a trip to Chicago with me, which I paid for all expenses paid rountrip ticket, taxi, food, etc...

    He realized he's not the only stubborn brat in the relationship. It was nice to see him smile.

    Back to you, tell your partner to chill out and relax. If he gets testy with you, slap him across the face with salami that willl simmer him down.

    Hope all is well with you and your other crisis with your ex has been resolved.

    Mike
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    May 18, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    Clearly I would be exasperated if mine went through the washer.....
    but I'd be resigned to buying a new one without fuss. "It's my own fault",
    I'd be telling myself.... because I've done similar things in the past.
    Now if you had it go down the disposal and it caused your previously mentioned water leak... well that's another story....LOL

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    May 18, 2011 4:32 AM GMT
    We all need a little 'Art Deco' in our lives.

    Seems like he would be lost without you - maybe its time to remind him of that? icon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    May 18, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    OK, that problem solved, his favorite TV channels restored, and he's all happy again. I just hope he understands I won't be here much longer, and he's gotta begin to solve these problems himself after I'm gone. I try to show him how, but I think he's spoiled. At his age he's unlikely to find another guy after I've passed away, so what's he gonna do?

    He's just like his late mother, expecting people will always take care of him. But when I'm gone, no one will take care of him, when he needs it most. Typical gay, no foresight. I wish I had more money to leave him, but I don't, and DOMA won't let my Army pension go to him.

    Dammit, I worry so much about him. And little I can do about it. He'll be lost by himself. I don't know what to do. icon_sad.gif
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    May 18, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    xrichx saidLOL. So by popping his SIM in the 3GS, not only does he have a functional phone, but he now has an additional data plan tacked on to his account. icon_lol.gif

    On to my account. I pay for it. Yeah, $15 a month more. Not of concern to me. It may go away if I buy him a different phone. But what's $15?
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    May 18, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidClearly I would be exasperated if mine went through the washer.....
    but I'd be resigned to buying a new one without fuss. "It's my own fault",
    I'd be telling myself.... because I've done similar things in the past.
    Now if you had it go down the disposal and it caused your previously mentioned water leak... well that's another story....LOL

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    Oh, our crisis LAST week, right after we returned from Key West? Yeah, the sink disposal had ruptured, water spaying all over under the sink.

    So we had to get a new disposal, and have it installed. The drama never ends. I really try to protect my partner from these things, because he's older than me, had a heart attack 6 months ago. I absolutely will not allow him to be stressed by anything, if I can deflect it and minimize it.

    So I solved that one right away, told him it was all under control, don't worry about it. The last thing I will ever be is a nelly queen, running around in a panic, and stressing my partner.
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    May 18, 2011 5:41 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOK, that problem solved, his favorite TV channels restored, and he's all happy again. I just hope he understands I won't be here much longer, and he's gotta begin to solve these problems himself after I'm gone. I try to show him how, but I think he's spoiled. At his age he's unlikely to find another guy after I've passed away, so what's he gonna do?

    He's just like his late mother, expecting people will always take care of him. But when I'm gone, no one will take care of him, when he needs it most. Typical gay, no foresight. I wish I had more money to leave him, but I don't, and DOMA won't let my Army pension go to him.

    Dammit, I worry so much about him. And little I can do about it. He'll be lost by himself. I don't know what to do. icon_sad.gif


    Isn't he the older partner?
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    May 18, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    You can also just got to Best Buy and buy an AT&T gophone. They start at 10 bucks for a flip samsung . Theres a camera flip samsung for 40. then you just pop in your sim card.
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    May 18, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
    fivetenn saidBack to you, tell your partner to chill out and relax. If he gets testy with you, slap him across the face with salami that willl simmer him down.

    Hope all is well with you and your other crisis with your ex has been resolved.

    Mike

    No, he never rarely blames me. He just pouts, and expects me to solve his own mess. I actually like to be of service, but I can't solve EVERY problem. And when I can't, then I feel guilty for letting him down.

    In the Army, we Officers often referred to ourselves as "problem solvers" because much of the time that's mostly what we did. We'd have preferred to be "leaders" and do all this other glory shit, but in reality most of our time was spent dealing with problems that got dumped in our laps, and putting out fires that never seemed to end.

    Now I'm retired, and I'm still putting out fires. Ah, well, I do really love him. And each night I fall asleep with his hand in mine. Disregard my bitching, I get queenier as I get older. icon_redface.gif
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    May 18, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidOK, that problem solved, his favorite TV channels restored, and he's all happy again. I just hope he understands I won't be here much longer, and he's gotta begin to solve these problems himself after I'm gone. I try to show him how, but I think he's spoiled. At his age he's unlikely to find another guy after I've passed away, so what's he gonna do?

    He's just like his late mother, expecting people will always take care of him. But when I'm gone, no one will take care of him, when he needs it most. Typical gay, no foresight. I wish I had more money to leave him, but I don't, and DOMA won't let my Army pension go to him.

    Dammit, I worry so much about him. And little I can do about it. He'll be lost by himself. I don't know what to do. icon_sad.gif


    Isn't he the older partner?

    Yeah, he's turning 77, I'm 62. But he's marvelous with much of this stuff, I admire him a great deal.

    He called me today from his office, said the secretary tutored him on using the iPhone. Thank gawd! That's a task had it come from me would be fraught with peril. Maybe he'll like it after all. Save us some money (aside from the monthly charge). I'll be getting an iPhone 5 when it comes out before Christmas, I believe, he can have my 4. Then same battery chargers, same computer sync -- I like simplicity.
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    May 18, 2011 4:56 PM GMT
    Crucializer saidWe all need a little 'Art Deco' in our lives.

    Seems like he would be lost without you - maybe its time to remind him of that? icon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif

    Oh, disregard my bitching. I'm such a drama queen, quick to lose my temper. He fusses & fumes when these things happen, and so I go off, too.

    But then I overhear him on the phone, telling people about me, and, well... kind things that make even me blush, that I don't merit at all.

    You get mad, you get unmad, You fall asleep with his hand in yours.

    A cell phone in the washing machine is a funny mishap. I need to get over it and realize this is what I was built to do -- solve problems. In the past many more serious than this insignificant little incident. I'll give him a kiss when he gets home, for having learned how to phone me, which he's done about 6 times today. Gawd, he's a smart character, I don't care what his age is. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 18, 2011 9:46 PM GMT
    OK, Day 2 (24 hours) and he's acclimating to the new iPhone fairly well. I do love him, though he can be such a pain in the ass (he says the same thing about me).

    I wanted him on an iPhone all along. He may have done me a favor by destroying his "dumb phone" so I could transition him to a smart phone. But I do foresee this as another high maintenance item, if he decides to keep it. He'll expect me to take care of it, and there's a lot more to get screwed up on it.

    But he's really very bright and techno-savy, even at nearly 77. I just gotta relieve his fears & prejudices about this stuff, he's much smarter regarding this than he knows. If he doesn't fight me with his Sicilian bull-headedness he'll have it down in no time