Round 1: Bluetooth vs. the Clothes Washer
By pmonday on May 22, 2006
Let me put it this way, there are two types of engineers...the type that keeps everything in order and all neat and tidy, and then there's the type that is not so much that way. I am the latter. It was inevitable that my Bluetooth would eventually be introduced to the clothes washer.
I don't wear it around, I feel like a Borg with it. Its even worse since I don't have a lot of hair, its just this big Darth Vader/Borg-like appendage on my ear, like I should be on 24 or something saying really important things. And so I stick it in my pocket when I'm not using it. And so it eventually goes into the clothes washer.
Well, Round 1 of Motorola Bluetooth vs. Washer appears to have come out a draw. The Washer even went so far as to trick me into putting the Bluetooth into the DRYER (I knew I heard something banging around last night but I was too tired to figure it out so I just shut the door). When I pulled the Bluetooth out of the dryer I was like "Dude, not looking too good right now for the Bluetooth". No power, it didn't give me that cheery "boo boop boooop" when I pressed the button on, not even a little pathetic blue flash of light to let me know it was alive.
I plugged it in to charge it...the light flickered a little and went bright! Hmmm.... Sort of reminded me of those scenes where people give the mouth to mouth and the water comes spitting out and they sit up and start talking all of the sudden. So I let it charge for a couple of minutes. I flicked it on....boo boop boop, it was on! I called someone .... it worked!
There does seem to be some residual static in the connection. Hopefully that will go away as it dries out over the coming days.
Long story short, the Bluetooth and Washing machine appear to have battled to a draw in Round 1. Will there be a Round 2? Remember there are two types of engineers, and I'm the one with the stack of old magazines, white papers and my "Learn Java in 21 Days" books from 1995. There will be another round for the Bluetooth with the machine as sure as my cell phone will get another day or two of skiing in at Breckenridge all by itself from the top of Peak 9 all the way to the bottom while I'm sitting with my hot chocolate going "Did I bring my cell phone to the mountain today"?