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Embarrassing Moment Series

Adam Schenck

English 110

Dumbest Mistake Essay

29 July 2013

Dunked

            I’ve made a lot of dumb mistakes in my life, but yet my body is intact, despite sports injuries. When I played football, I had to miss a year due to injury, and then when I got in a game finally, I got a dumb penalty that caused me to lose playing time. I felt horrible. I made up for it eventually, though.

            When I was in high school, I was kind of socially awkward. After prom, I asked a girl to share a kiss, and was refused. I felt really embarrassed at that, burying my head in my bed, feeling like things would never get better. They got better, though.

            Perhaps the dumbest thing I’ve done, though, happened over the weekend at my parents’ lake house in Iowa. Just last week, I got an expensive, top-of-the-line cell phone with a great camera, impressive speed and functionality, and the whole nine yards. I loved it.

            Innocently, I placed the device in my pocket as the group went out for waterskiing on the glassy water in the morning. I wanted to take some photography and send it to my brother, who recently moved to Florida—Paul had always been with us at the lake house.

            I tossed the rope off the dock and moved to step in the boat, but I fell backwards as I stepped in. I fell full in the water, losing a sandal, and soaking my golf shirt. It was not until later that I realized I had my new cell phone in my pocket. It was turning on and off, but it wasn’t responding to screen touches. Of course, I was very worried.

            Upon getting home, I placed the device in an enclosed container in a bed of rice. It appeared to be working, and I didn’t try to turn it on. Then, 24 hours after dunking it in the water, I saw that the camera was full of condensation—a very bad sign. On the way home with my loyal and understanding girlfriend B., we noticed a Sprint store on the way to lunch in Ames. “It’s dead. Sorry, man,” was all the guy could muster. His coworker next to him continued reading a science fiction pulp novel.

            “Do you need to cry?” B. asked.

            “No,” I said, but the emotions welled up nonetheless. Dropping electronics in the water has happened to so many people, and I wasn’t injured at all, except for a welt on my left arm. But I only just bought the phone, and it was top-of-the-line, and I paid up front for it—the idea being to not pay more over the duration of the contract.

            God foils even the best-laid plans. It was the dumbest thing I ever did because I have no excuse for “bricking” that phone, and I only got to enjoy it for a week.

            Well, I’ll call the phone company and ask for some discount on the new phone I get. It’s funny—all those terrible mistakes I made as a younger man make it so that with this one, I can just buy a new phone and learn the lesson, and act like it didn’t even happen. But ever’body got to play the fool.

 
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