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Treos Don’t Swim

I have the day off today. (And Monday and Tuesday) because my mother is visiting. So I was walking along talking to her out on the lanai. We were talking about something that was going wrong with the pool skimmer thing. I realize that I still have my ear thing in my ear from a phone call I’d had a few minutes earlier, so I decide to take it off and put it in my pocket.

I hear a splash. I look to see if it is another frog jumping in the pool. It takes my eyes a few seconds to find it, then my mind a few more to comprehend what has happened. My Treo 650 is in the pool, at the bottom of the deep end. It had fallen off my belt clip when I’d removed the headset. A half second later, as my mom continues to talk, not realizing anything has changed, I dive into the pool, fully clothed and shod. I get the Treo, bring it up, immediately remove the battery, and now it is drying by the side of the pool.

They say in these sorts of situations the only hope (and it is slim) is to let it completely and totally dry out both inside and out before applying any power to it. So it is sitting in the sun trying to dry out. In a minute I will take it apart like the site says and try my best to dry the inside. It was underwater for maybe 10 to 15 seconds. And no, Treos are not even remotely water proof, I broke one with sweat alone before. So I do not expect it to ever turn on again. Although it is worth letting it dry and trying it before throwing it in the trash.

And this is exactly why I now pay an extra $4 a month or whatnot for phone insurance. If it is indeed dead, I will be able to replace it for around a $50 deductible rather than the full retail price of a Treo 650.

But still, this sucks.

We Have Feet!!!

imageLast night we changed the water in one of the tanks. It had gotten so dark green it was hard to see the tadpoles. I was afraid some had died because of the lack of water change. But we changed it out and suddenly they were all swimming around again.

Then, this morning, I went out to look, and there was a tadpole hanging onto the glass on the side of the tank, but ABOVE the water line! Concerned, I went to look further, and indeed, it had little newly developed legs! It was still and not moving, but it had legs! A bit later just to be sure it was OK, I poked it with something, and it hopped back in the water and swam… but pushing with it’s legs, not the tail!

I got this shot, which was a bit blurry, sorry, the lighting wasn’t good… but you can clearly see the legs! (It does still have a tail too, which is harder to see in this picture.)

So far, this is the only one I’ve seen that has grown feet. And surprisingly, it is one of the medium sized tadpoles, not one of the big fat ones. There are still a few little ones around too. The variation is a bit surprising given that they all went into the tanks at about the same time.

But anyway… we have feet!! (And legs!)