“Rrrrrr…click-click-click. RRRRR…click-click-click.” I know that sound.
I was all packed up for an overnight camper van trip to Snoqualmie Pass this past Friday, 10 year-old son strapped into his car seat, last glimmer of sunlight fading fast, but when I turned the ignition, “rrrr…click-click-click.”
OK, no problem, jumper cables out of the back, Honda Fit pulled up alongside, hood popped, but it’s dark, so I flick my iPhone into flashlight mode and prop it on the engine block while I connect the batteries, black, black, red, red. This time the engine roars and purrs and there’s a flurry of cable disconecting (red, red, black, black), slam the hood, re-park the Fit and we’re off!
Fortunately, we’re still just on the other side of town doing some food shopping when I start fishing around for my phone. Pocket? Other pocket? Dashboard?
Engine block. Oops. At least it was still there!
Fortunately, there’s a great local resource for cracked screen replacement (and battery replacement), Jet City Device Repair (3642 Wallingford Ave N), tucked in near Cantinetta and Union Saloon. They take walk-ins (although calling ahead can assure they’re ready for you) and can replace your screen or battery (iPhone and Android) for the same or less than you would pay at the Apple Store over in University Village, generally in about a half hour.
While you’re there, enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and add your story to their Post-It Note Hall of Fame.