Don´t Cry Over Spilled Milk (err, I mean mango juice!)


Happy Friday!

On Monday, I met with an amazing woman with whom I was going to be delivering a workshop the following day.

I was thirsty, and as I had already had a coffee beverage, I decided to order a fresh mango juice to quench my thirst. Yum. Or so I thought.

First mistake.

The juice came, however as my friend and colleague had not yet arrived, I thought I would be polite and wait.

Second mistake. 

When she got there, I jumped up excitedly, wanting to show her just how pumped I was to see her.

Third mistake.

My arms, in their unbridled, unabashed manner, were flailing around, and must have somehow knocked over that tall, full, inviting glass of mango juice all over my laptop.

Yup. It happened.

I froze. Did that really just happen?!?  And in not wanting to shake or pour more mango juice on the table, I waited for one of the amazing baristas to come to my rescue. She turned it over, my friend got some cloths, and we wiped it down as best we could.


My friend was quick to look up what to do when spilling liquid on a laptop, I turned it upside down in a ‘V’ shape and let it sit. I assumed it would be fine. Nothing more came out. Worse case scenario? The keys would be a little sticky…

After our meeting, I went to buy a few bags of rice, with the intention to submerse the thing. I mean, it had worked for my phone years ago, surely it would work again? Now there also happened to be a group event that night, The Moth, and so in not wanting to miss out, I asked the bartender for a plastic bag, opened up my laptop within the bag, and poured rice all over the keyboard. Yes, in the bar. I asked a few friends and techies in the group if I was doing the right thing and got mixed messages. However none of them good. Mixed messages on the rice myth, however the consensus was not to attempt to turn it on for at least 24-48 hours.


I went home, and boy was it hard not to try to work on my laptop. In fact, I had to borrow my roomie’s…

In the morning, I was so tempted to test it out. Instead, I found out where a mac repair store was, optimistic to find out it wasn’t too far away and there was someone who spoke English.

I rushed over there, especially given the fact I was delivering a presentation not long afterwards… And that was another issue. How was I going to deliver my presentation without a laptop?

In any event, it wasn’t good. I’ll spare you all the details, however this lovely young gentleman, when he saw the look of distress on my face after hearing it wouldn’t be looked at today, offered to open it up during his lunch hour and clean it up. I was hesitant at first, however what So kind…. and he would get back to me.

Now again, being overly optimistic, I thought for sure it was in the bag, and that all would be well after the cleaning. Heck, I thought I may be getting away with a fast and freebie fix here!

No such luck.

In short, I am writing to you from my roomie’s iPad, as I am off for a few days adventure on the northern coast of Colombia, and want to have this ready to go in advance of Friday. My laptop is not responding, and my dude (still a nice guy, even though he wasn’t able to fix it…) says it’s not looking good. That being said, he said there is still a chance it may turn on a few days from now…

Okay, so I was a little stressed. A little frustrated. A little emotional.

I wanted to play the ‘what if’ game. Have a do-over. Replay all the steps thinking how many different ways it could have gone. But I know that just does more damage than good.

And then I spoke with my Dad, who talked me off the edge.

In his brilliant British accent, he said, ‘Come on, Carol. It’s a technical device. it’s not the end of the world!’

And he’s right.

It’s kinda ridiculous to think our laptops are our lifetime here. But they kinda are. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to get our work done. And yet, there is more to life than laptops.

Moral of the story?

Well, there are a few:

  • Be careful whenever you have mango juice. And perhaps keep well away from your laptop!
  • Be careful having any liquids near your technical devices.
  • Don’t trust rice. If your piece of technology ever gets damaged, take it to the experts right away
  • Never get too attached to any one device
  • Count your blessings. It could have been a lot worse.
  • Make sure you have insurance for those valuable items!!!
  • Stay positive and light. You´ll figure it out.


There has got to be a deeper reason why this has happened to me. Now again, I still want to believe it may somehow magically turn on after a few days, however I may have to take more drastic measures.

I’m leaving for the coast of northern Colombia or a few days of adventure tomorrow, and the thought going without a working laptop scares me a little. However, maybe it’s exactly what I need.

I shall keep you posted!

Have a FAB week!

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 Any advice for me? Other thoughts? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. 

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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  1. Lisa says

    And one more tip, if I may? Be a faithful “backer upper” or “cloud syncer”! This habit has saved my booty on several occasions, making situations like this, feel less “ugh!” Like it’s just a device, and not all my work or photos or tunes along with it!

    • admin says

      Thank you, Lisa! YES… thank you for the tip! Also a lesson on the importance of backing up on a regular basis! I promise to be a faithful backer-upper from here on in! (good news, however, just found out my data was able to be recovered… WOOT WOOT!)

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