Last week I wrote about some lessons I took from The Hunger Games. It’s interesting how we often ignore what hits close to home, like when listening to a sermon or when reading Scripture or even my own blog post.

I wrote this in “Capital Citizens”:

We throw away food while the world starves. We litter the landscape with plastic water bottles while many in the world die of thirst or diseases related to contaminated water. We consume, and they are consumed.

Initially, I’d written, “We litter the landscape with yesterday’s gadgets …” but decided not to go in that direction. Water, yeah, there’s a good way to go. People need water. In one swoop, I could put my finger on the crime that is disposable plastic bottles — how reusing is more effective than recycling, which is still not as bad as merely throwing away — and at the same time address people’s need for adequate water.

But really, I took out the gadget part because that was a little too sensitive.

Why am I drawn to new gadgets? Why am I anticipating iPhone 5’s release? I’m not even set for an upgrade until next year — one I’m not required to make, by the way.

[pullquote]… with boys there’s no containing balls. They will fly. They must fly.[/pullquote]Last week, I was sitting on the front porch while the boys played in a small sand box and with a couple balls. Well, with boys there’s no containing balls. They will fly. They must fly. So I sit on a chair near the steps where I guard against any toddler escapes and have to leave my perch to constantly retrieve balls.

I did this several times. I set down my iPad — I think I may have been writing a blog post at the time — and jogged to get their colorful balls before a semi would crush them — and subsequently my boys’ hearts. The last time I did this I forgot that I’d had my phone on my lap. So when I got up, it fell.

And landed hard on the concrete — why couldn’t our porch be wood? — shattering the glass. Thankfully, the phone still worked, and I didn’t lose my cool concerning deliberately launched balls. My first thought was, Well, I’ll need a new one. How much is that 4 now anyway? Or could I live with the cracks until the 5 comes out?

I immediately scoured eBay for refurbished 4 models, instead of the 3GS I had. Might as well upgrade, right? But because I could easily drop $400 for even a used one, I thought I’d wait for the 5 to come out when the 4s would drop.

I considered replacing the glass myself. But I learned my lesson several months ago when I tried replacing the battery on my 3G, which still works as an iPod, though without a camera. Jacque’s been asking for it.

Instead, I found a company online ( that could replace the glass for $50. So I called the next morning and spoke to the guy, Dave, who does repairs at home. I could meet him that morning, and he’d have it done in 30 minutes. Cindy and the boys tagged along, and she even got a trip to Michael’s out of the deal.

By the way, Michael’s is unendurable when I don’t have my phone. No Words with Friends, Twitter, or Angry Birds. Just dried flowers and craft junk.

My phone works great, and now I don’t need to shell out for a new one. Not for another year at least.

2 thoughts on “What to do when your iPhone shatters

  1. Sorry you had to endure Michael’s without some form of electronic diversion. No straight man should have to be subjected to that. 😉

    I may check out your recommendation for the 3GS broken glass repair place.  My daughter dropped hers this spring and cracked the glass. It still works fine, but little shards of glass keep falling off gradually. $50 is a great price – when I checked the web earlier this summer, prices started at $75 and went up quickly.

    Thanks for the tip.


    1. I used to like Michael’s when I’d go shopping for stage design stuff, but I don’t like browsing there. Yeah, my screen has worked out great. I’m thinking I should get one of those industrial covers for it, but I don’t like the thought of trying to tote a brick in my pocket.


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