Saturday, August 22, 2015

And to cap off my generally craptastic week...

This morning I killed my Kindle. I drowned it. In a really final, nope there ain't no drying it out in a container of rice way.

I didn't kill the last year's clearance Fire I got for practically free, thanks to the one day special sale and gift card, that I hardly use because it's okay but annoyingly twee if you already are used to an iPad. I...sob...drowned my old model Kindle Paperwhite. The one I still use every day, and throw into my pool bag to read in the sun at the pool, and don't want to live without. THAT Kindle. I killed it. In the washing machine.

It was in a battered navy blue case. I was sorting laundry on my bed. Including my navy blue slacks in a very very similar shade to the case, and other dark work items. Apparently, no, OBVIOUSLY, my dear old Kindle was also on the bed, in its navy blue case, because this morning I was awakened way too early by the dogs, and went back to bed to read with coffee and my beloved old Kindle. Do you know how light a Kindle Paperwhite really is? I do now. It's light enough to scoop up with the laundry and drop into the washing machine, and never even notice.

An hour or so later I was looking for it. I'm reading a great book on it, and was ready to sit down and read for a while, on a cleaning break. Couldn't find it. What did I do with it? Retraced steps. Didn't find it. Got busy doing other things, didn't think about it until transferring laundry to the dryer. WTF is that rectangular object in the washer?

OH MY GOD. I'm not going to get all melodramatic like this is like accidentally drowning a kitten, this is just a beloved electronic device, but seriously? I am in beloved gadget mourning. I pictured the thorough soaking in detergent and cold water it enjoyed. It is very, very clean. It just ain't ever gonna wake up again.


Unlike the dogs, who will wake me before 6 a.m., no matter how late I walk them tonight.




6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hugs and condolences - e-readers are actually very loveable! When my first Kobo died I was seriously deprived. The new Kobo Glo HD is a beauty.

Gae, in Callala Bay

Brenda said...

Oh, Catherine! My condolences---I would be lost without my Kindle, too. I lay in bed and read myself to sleep with it every night and I read for a while in the morning when I wake up before the alarm, too. You will have to buy/make a case for the next one in some kind of eye-searing neon color. (I have a phobia of putting mine through the wash with the sheets.)

Catherine said...

I mourned all day, then sucked it up and ordered a replacement. Yes, it is extravagant, but I thought about what I could do without or put off for the next month (wine immediately sprang to mind) and went ahead and ordered it, along with a very pretty print case that will stand out against other surfaces. And the old Kindle was having an issue with its charger connection; I had to wiggle it around and get it just right before it would charge and I already suspected one day it wouldn't charge at all. But I'm still pissed at myself for being so careless.

Anonymous said...

They definitely do not live forever - I have a Kobo because our local library system recommends them to fit in with their system, and the librarian was astonished that my original Kobo survived nearly 5 years. It started to 'forget' where I had stopped reading, and would take me back to the start of the dratted book I was reading, and then the battery, even though I did all the battery charge preserving routines they suggested, got to the point where the charge lasted half a day. Then it started doing some really weird things like opening up a completely different book to the one I was reading. When the new kindle arrives, give it my best wishes for a long and healthy life.........

Gae, in Callala Bay

Brenda said...

Which model did you order? I am reading the "lost" Harper Lee book on mine right now---after being on the library's waiting list for what seemed like forever, I am going to finish it, but I can understand why they didn't publish it the first go-round.

Catherine said...

I bought the new Paperwhite, wifi only, no ads. I need to be able to read in sunlight, because hello, Florida, and it's true that the Fire, iPad, et al. are terrible for that. I'll probably get around to the "lost" Harper Lee book eventually, but I'm still somewhat creeped out by the "mystery" surrounding its being lost in the first place. If the author didn't want it published for all those decades when she had control over her work, it feels like a money grab by her guardians to publish it now, apparently without her blessing.