Maine War Story #3 - Resuscitating a Blackberry

We were using a 12' aluminum dinghy to shuttle ourselves from the public boat ramp on Gardner's Lake to Craig's new boat, which was moored a few dozen feet out. On the second day of the trip, I tried getting in the dinghy, which I thought was firmly braced against a rock. It wasn't. Next thing you know, the boat upended and capsized, sending me into the water and thoroughly soaking everything in my pockets, which included my Blackberry. As soon as I righted myself, I checked the phone and it was, of course, dead. And now, in the spirit of saving soaked mobile devices everywhere, I hereby submit unto you the step-by-step directions for resuscitation...

  1. Remove the battery.
  2. Start up your car or truck
  3. Crank the heat through the defroster and wait for it to warm up.
  4. Place your soaked mobile device directly over the vent on the dash, with the battery compartment facing the vent.
  5. Wait 15 minutes, or until the condensation disappears from the device's screen (whichever comes first).
  6. Re-insert battery and pray.

Thankfully, this worked, although my Blackberry now has a sticky # key, which I suppose I'll live with until it's time to upgrade.