Well, shit.

I’ve been so careful with this thing for years

…then yesterday morning it fell out of my hoodie pocket and must have landed on that corner just right.

The phone is the key to basically everything online here at the Lair. When I had a battery problem year before last I sent it to the big city with Landlady and was without it for weeks, but fortunately I believe I’ll be able to get this problem fixed closer to home. I gather there’s nothing very rare about iPhone screens needing replacement and nothing very technical about replacing them.

Still, very annoying. My only trip to the big town about 50 miles away in all of 2021 was when I went to the dog shelter in May. Now I need to plan one ASAP.

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You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.
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14 Responses to Well, shit.

  1. Mark Matis says:

    How is your wallet doing after you account for the Jeep???

  2. Joel says:

    At present I’m in pretty good shape, all things considered.

  3. Ben says:


    I agree that the very best solution is to get your display replaced, because then you lose nothing that is in your phone. Until then, if you can buy/beg/borrow an Apple phone, you can swap the SIM card to get at least your basic phone service back. There are millions of used iPhones out there.

  4. KurtP says:

    Does it still work?
    My Droid was in an e-bay rhino-ish case that took falling off a trencher, backhoe and bucket truck fine.
    Then it slipped out of my hand on the pressure drill and found the only bolt head on the platform with the screen.
    Still worked, but I didn’t want to get it anywhere near water.

  5. Terrapod says:

    Geez – you did not have an Otter box for it? Get it fixed and then splurge for a good quality protective box. What model is it and what service do you use?

  6. Joel says:

    It still works fine though the screen is shattered. I’ve never heard of an Otter box, but I’ll search.

  7. Mike says:

    Joel, otter boxes are like body armor for cell phones. I can’t count the number of times the otter box that my phone is in has saved the day.

  8. Ben says:

    I was wondering how you managed to post a picture of your poor broken phone.

  9. Joel says:

    I was wondering how you managed to post a picture of your poor broken phone.

    Late last year a Generous Reader sent me a couple of nice DSLRs I’ve been trying to learn how to use. The little one is almost as user-friendly as the iPhone.

  10. Terrapod says:

    Then what shattered is the gorilla glass, go get it fixed then let me know what apple iteration is it? Online orders for Otter Box are cheap

  11. Anonymous says:

    First thing I do with a phone is put it in case, preferably an Otterbox, though there are cheaper alternatives. (My current case is NOT and Otterbox). They are too expensive to not protect

  12. Mark Matis says:

    Those of us still using flip phones do not worry about such things!

  13. Terrapod says:

    Luddite! Took us 10 years to convince the BIL to get a real smartphone and ditch the flip, now we cannot get him to put it down 😉

  14. bill says:

    got a smart phone a couple of years ago and 2 months later went back to a flip phone. only reason i have any cell phone (and not a landline), and continue to have a computer, is to keep peace with the wife. i get a kick out of telling pizza joint employees i don’t have a phone at all…in fact several times (in 3 different states) have had pizza hut refuse to sell to me without a phone number.

To the stake with the heretic!