Drowning The Adding Machine

by Sherry Riter in Humor

spilled drink on adding machine

Everyday I drive off to work so that I can sit in front of a computer and play with numbers all day. To the right of my computer is the adding machine and telephone. When needed and without looking, I can just let my hand wander over to the adding machine to make the keys clickity clack.

Because I’ve had a rough time getting rid of the germ that I caught, I was still nauseated on Monday. Instead of drinking strictly water, I decided to have an herbal tea with sugar to settle my stomach. It usually works and probably would have worked faster except that something happened.

I took a sip of the drink and somehow as I was setting the bottle down, it slipped and half the contents was dumped into the keys of my adding machine and telephone.

The liquid seeped into the cracks between the keys.

I grabbed both machines and flipped them upside down watching as the drink came pouring out.

Oh. My. Goodness.

It was a mess.

If I had only spilled water, it wouldn’t have been so bad, but this was sugary, sticky liquid. I used a billion paper towels to soak up the drink. Yes, a billion. Then I tilted both machines upside down and on one corner to drain. They also needed to completely dry to prevent them shorting out when I used them again.

Of course, I had to use cleaner to get all the sticky off my desk. It took forever to clean everything. Yes, forever.

Both the adding machine and telephone were completely dry today, so it was time to try them out.

The telephone was fine. I guess not as much sugary liquid got inside the phone.

The adding machine…well, it suffered. It still works, but when I press down on the 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 buttons, they s.l.o.w.l.y. come back up from the pressed position.

I mean s.l.o.w.l.y.

(rolling my eyes)

Mom’s suggestion was to dump cleaner into the keys. I think she is trying to fry my adding machine because she hates numbers. I just know that is her secret desire. (wink)

I kept using the adding machine today and the keys weren’t quite as sticky by the end of the day, but they are still s.l.o.w. popping back up.

How do you think I feel about all this mess?

It is hilarious. I’m always having crazy stuff like this happen to me, so I guess I’m just used to it. Besides, no need to do anything other than laugh. I can’t go back and make it un-happen!

Lessons learned:

  1. Even when children are twenty years old, they still give you germs. Avoid sick children. LOL
  2. In order for herbal tea to calm a nauseated stomach, you have to drink the liquid. Pouring the liquid on your adding machine and telephone doesn’t have the same effect.
  3. Now I know exactly how all those “stuck” keys on other people’s equipment happened!
  4. SHARP makes a great adding machine because you can drown it without it dying.

Moral of the story: Learn to laugh at yourself. It will make your life happier.

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Joan October 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

I would say, “Only you could drown an adding machine and then turn it into a post.” However, I met a saleswoman the other day who told me that she flushed a toilet and the toilet exploded. So, I think she had you beat. Only she didn’t write a post about it. 🙂


2 Sherry Riter October 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm

LOLOLOL That must have been horrible for the woman! Wow! I’m happy to let her beat me! 😛

I’m sitting at my desk eating lunch today. I keep looking at the 1 liter bottle of water and hoping that it doesn’t leap out of my hand like the other bottle did the other day. 😉

*DANGER* Sherry’s in the room* LOL


3 PJ October 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Hey Kiddo! Talking about crazy experiences, for some reason it is super hard for me to wake up in the morning. I wake up, get me a cup of coffee, and then proceed to sit down in my glider in the living room. Sounds normal, right? The problem is, I fall asleep sitting there and get a rude awakening when I drop my cup FULL of HOT coffee in my lap! Talk about a harsh wake-up call! That’s happened to me two days in a row, so this morning, I got smart. I sat in the kitchen at our “buffet table”. Yes, I fell asleep again, but at least I wasn’t holding my cup!

Hey Red, is your blog connected to Google +? I thought about doing it, but I don’t like the idea of giving up my blogger profile or using my personal name. What is your opinion? Also, my blog roll disappeared. I looked in my “layout” and it is still there, blogs in all, so I can’t figure out why they aren’t showing up. Any suggestions?

God bless!


4 Sherry Riter October 23, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Wow! Hot coffee sounds so painful!!! Ouch!

Hmmm…I see your blogroll. Can you see it now?

Yes, I use Google+ and think it helps to market your blog a little bit more. 😀


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