Apple’s iPhone 7 Dunk Test

Not running related, so if that is what you are looking for, this post isn’t for you. However, I screwed up again and just wanted share what I did this time.

The next episode of Harold being Harold.

A little bit of background first.

My stepdaughter built a house beside us and she has been having drainage problems around her new house. Actually it is more like a moat sometimes than a yard. So I have been doing some yardwork to help lower the water levels a little, so she can eventually get someone in to actually get the yard where it should be.


The duck pond – if you look close you can see where the duck is swimming.

Late yesterday afternoon I went over to move some of the smaller rocks and re-route the water so that it would flow down to the culvert across the old dirt road versus sitting like a pond on SD2’s future lawn. Which meant crawling around on the rock wall, using a pry bar to move rocks and a hoe to dig out the channel.

No Phone!

Okay, now fast-forward to 10:30 P.M. We are getting ready to go to bed and I look around for my iPhone 7. Can’t find it anywhere in the house…we had been shopping yesterday and I thought that I might have left it at the Middle Road Bakery (yeah, we got Whoopie Pies), so I went to the Find My Phone app on my iPad to see where my iPhone was.

Ah Houston we have a problem…

It showed my iPhone as being in the middle of Messalonskee Lake.


We imagined all kind of scenarios, but then I remembered that I had been working over at SD2s around water and wondered….if….maybe the phone was laying in the water by the rock wall.

So at about 11:00 P.M. my understanding and wonderful wife accompanied me outside to go look for my iPhone. We headed over to the area I had been working. It was pretty difficult to hear anything (like a phone ringing), with the frogs making all the noise and other night sounds going on around us.

However, when I got back on the rock wall and Mary called one more time, we thought we could hear something very faintly and I saw a little bit of light coming from under water by where I had been working.

It was my iPhone 7!!!

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The phone was laying in about six inches of water and had been for around 5-6 hours. What I couldn’t believe was that when I grabbed it out of the water is that it turned onto the lock screen!!!

The damn thing still worked!!!

Yeah, I couldn’t believe it.

I clambered back off the rock wall and navigated through the mud and showed it to Mary and she couldn’t believe it either.

I really figured when I saw my phone underwater, that I would be moving back to my old Kyocera for a while – not a great thing, but better than nothing. However, I had a slim hope that my iPhone might be salvageable.

When we got home, the iPhone was still working, so I wiped it dry and put it in a bag of rice to see what would happe in the morning. I didn’t really hold out a lot of hope that it would still be working in the morning.

Low and behold, when I went out and turned it on, it did!

I was pretty damned surprised that it turned on and that everything still seemed to be working fine after 6 hours of being submerged in water.

Needless to say I was very, very impressed.

Next up was whether it would still charge. No problem it is charging normally as I write this.

The reality is that

I got lucky:

First that I was able to find the iPhone. The Find My Phone app worked pretty well and it knew the phone was underwater and showed it being in the only water in the local area that is on a map. Which gave me an idea of where to look.

Second, that the phone is still working after being submerged for more than six hours.

So thank you to the engineers at Apple who designed a phone that was able to survive this particular episode of Harold being Harold. A special thank you to my wife who was willing to go outside at almost midnight to help me hunt for my phone.

Yeah, the iPhone 7 is still working and hopefully it continues to.

See, I do stoopid stuff and write about it.



Moving Back to iPhone

Yes, I have moved back to an iPhone. No, it is not their newest and greatest, but it is still a very current and dare I say fabulous cell phone – the iPhone 7. Say what you will about Apple, the high price of their products and all the other stuff, they do have beautiful and well made products that usually set the standard for those niches.
Apple iPhone 7 – Screenshot from 11/9/17

This post is not really about the technical aspects of the iPhone that I am now using (it is old news and a lot has been written about it), it is more about my experience moving back to using an iPhone after a couple of years of using Android phones and how it has made me look at things a LOT differently than I did a week ago. Continue reading “Moving Back to iPhone”

Busy Day – Great Run – RunLog 11-4-17

Busy Day – yeah the title says a lot about the day today.

Returned borrowed generator and say thank you to Bill several more times!!! However, I forgot the instruction manual, which meant that I had to make another trip over to Augusta later in the day. But I didn’t mind, because this afternoon I got to talk with one of my favorite people (yeah you MaryAlice) and then go for a run on the Rail Trail (more on that in a minute).

After returning the generator we hightailed it to Waterville’s Verizon store (I dislike the Augusta store from several visits there in the past – it just seemed too clinical – too I don’t know, but the user experience from my perspective was lacking), whereas in Waterville the CSR’s just seem to be there to help you navigate the myriad of crap you go through to get to where you walk out the door with a new phone and the store while smaller is more welcoming.

SD2 broke her phone this week and we decided that I would go ahead and get a new phone and giver her my Kyocera Milspec level phone – that I really liked and are hard to kill – I tried more than once and couldn’t do it. So it seemed like a good fit for SD2.

What did I get, they didn’t have another one in stock and I had to get it today, so I decided to go with an Apple iPhone 7 – yeah me back in an iPhone. I have had three of them, but have been in the Android world for the past couple and was pretty happy.

So it was time to check out the Dark side (according to some) and see what improvements that Apple has made in the phones and IOS (after all as a techy kind of nerdy guy I need to stay somewhat current). No I didn’t want to pay the big bucks for an iPhone X or even an 8 – plus I know that the 7 is better than anything that I will need for how I use my cell phone.

I got the iPhone because I know the camera is a superior one and below is my first photo – of Bennie of course.


The photo quality is pretty amazing to me.

More to come on transitioning back to an iPhone from Android over the next week or so. It should be easy, but I will say there is a bit of a re-learning curve and some the changes that I noticed right away are pretty positive from my perspective. Surprisingly, I did remember my Apple password from a couple of years ago. Stranger things indeed – may it was time to come back to Apple?

Oh well, enough about my boring life – how did the run go?

Let’s just say I have not run 4.0 miles this fast and felt like I had a lot more to give throughout the whole run in quite a while! I got to run on the Augusta portion of the Rail Trail and it just felt good, even with a slight headwind on the way back.


Can’t say too much for the Port-a-potty in the photo, but this is the Start of the Rail Trail in Augusta, just such a photo bomb by the pottie 😉

This run told me I am definitely on the right track with changing my mechanics to a more efficient method of running – that using Chi Running to actually change my running form is having a positive affect on the old body.

Although I did have to laugh when I started out, this lady’s Chihuahua decided it wanted to attempt to gnaw on my ankles and run with me. I was laughing at it and asked the lady to grab her dawg so I could get to running. She was having some issues getting it to respond, so I had a pretty slow start, but we got the dog back to her. She apologized and when I met her coming back, we smiled and waved to each other, while she was holding the dog in her arms.

I am feeling a lot more comfortable with my feet not splaying out on me nearly as much and the arms are doing well most of the time staying at the 90* angle and not going forward too far. So I decided to add in keeping up the cadence a little higher than I have been – I finished with a 175 SPM and kept between 172 and 178 for the most part.

Once I got to Hallowell, I did have to make a pit stop and decided to take a couple of photos of the Kennebec – they turned out pretty good.


The photos with the iPhone 7 are so superior to my Kyocera, it is pretty amazing.

On the way back I felt strong and since the course was pretty flat, it wasn’t as difficult as running at home, I was able to maintain the effort and pace I wanted. My splits were: 8:14, 7:51, 8:06 and 8:06 – fairly consistent. With an 8:05 pace overall, so I was very happy and the best part – NOTHING HURT!!!

And while I could easily have run further, I can still tell that I am in recovery mode from not having run much lately, but damn it feels good to run decently again.

Bat Boy aka Bennie


Wow on the photo quality is all I can say!!!