I was pulling into my local friendly Office Depot in search of some cartridges for my Epson printer last Saturday. My beloved Apple nano iPod was in the seat next to me, cranking out some tunes while plugged into my car stereo system. Life was good.
Then, in an ill-fated instant, I watched my nano's life flash (memory and all) before my very eyes. My coffee cup flew out of its cupholder, almost as if in slow motion, and a wave of Folder's Columbian blend brew (sweetened by some rich Irish Creme creme) folded down into the car seat in a highly-caffeinated tsunami.
The score: Folger's Coffee 1, Apple nano iPod 0
I slammed the car in park and immediately reached down on the car seat to rescue my nano from the Java sea, but it was to no avail...little nano had already become a tune-filled submersible, swimming in a sea of new underwater songs. Or, as the case ended up, not.
Think, I reminded myself. What to do, what to do...Okay, lift nano from coffee sea and shake diligently to try and get the java liquid out. Which I did, before walking sullenly into the Office Depot to get the printer cartridges.
Back at the ranch, I put the nano on my kitchen counter and figured it had to be dried out, at minimum, before I dared turn it back on. Hey, I didn't study electrical engineering at university, but that much seemed obvious.
Later that day, a good friend arrived in Austin and stopped by. I remorsefully explained the situation, and he told me to bathe the nano in some tap or, preferably, some distilled water...then give it a good drying. This is the same guy who told me to put my underwater soaked cell phone of many moons ago into the oven at 120 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Sure, that was a cell phone, I thought. But my nano??? I'm not putting my little nano in the oven!
By this time, all that appeared on the nano screen was some sort of test routine menu, so I figured I had nothing to lose.
The next day, I took a bowl, filled it with Austin's finest tap water, and hesitantly dropped it into the bowl, giving my nano about a 10 minute bath.
That was Sunday. This is Friday.
Yesterday, I plugged the Turbo nano into the charger yesterday and figured I would give it a nice long charge.
I unplugged it today...hit the power button......the color menu appeared -- the nano had resuscitated itself from its coffee-induced coma!
Sheryl Crow now wails in my earbuds, and me, I'm just sitting back in admiration, wondering how the engineers at Apple had planned for such coffee contingencies.
nano, you rock.....again.