December 24, 2009

The iPhone That Saved Christmas

Like many dads on Christmas Eve, I found myself out on an important, last minute, errand with the kids to give mommy time to wrap presents.  All was fine until we needed an emergency potty break on the ride home.  I pulled off and ran into the first restaurant we saw.  We made it to the potty just-in-time to avoid any accidents.

After we washed hands and put jackets, hats, gloves and boots back on (yes, my daughter can't go potty with her shoes on), I grabbed the door handle and SNAP.  The handle snapped off in my hand, locking us in.  I banged on the door for several minutes, but no one heard us.  Christmas was coming fast and the girls were not happy.

Finally, I reached for the "does everything, there's an App for that" technological wonder in my coat pocket: the iPhone.  Since I was in such a hurry, I didn't remember the name of the restaurant we in...not a problem.  I used Maps to get my location, then a local Google search to find the name and phone number of the restaurant.  I called the restaurant and told them I was trapped in the bathroom.  Within seconds someone can to rescue us.  Apparently, the restaurant was closing when we snuck in to use the bathroom, so there were only 2 people left doing the closing in the back room and hadn't heard us knocking.

Once again, the iPhone has proven itself as more than a great way to waste time, play a game or pick a baby name.  I'm just glad that I don't live in New York City, or I might have spent Christmas locked in bathroom.  At least, I would have been with family.