iPhone Elevator Adventure at 2:1 Conference


I spent last weekend at a conference full of wonderful women who share a few key things in common with me: they are homeschooling moms; they are bloggers; and they love Jesus. I’ll share more about that in another post.

Saturday night, after a long but fun day of conferencing and photoging (newly made up word), I headed to my room to import photos for safe keeping (to have them in at least two places in case of disaster), and as I was stepping onto the elevator, I dropped what I thought at first was a magazine.

But no.
I watched my iPhone disappear between the floor and the elevator, falling to what I was sure was certain smart phone death down the elevator shaft.

I stood dumbfounded, trying to figure out what to do. The timing was awful with being out of town and trying to coordinate getting home from the airport the next day. I went to the front desk, and the employees were very sympathetic. They told me it was probably broken; I said at this point I was just hoping they could find it so I could get my sim card with all my info on it. They explained that the engineering staff was limited in what they could do in opening up the elevator as there were certain things only the fire department was permitted to do. I told them I understood, but asked them to call the room if by some chance they did find it in the basement.

Once in my room, I opened up my laptop, and tweeted:

Immediately my TweetDeck went berzerk with sympathy tweets from my #2to1Conf friends, right in the middle of a live tweet-up party! I think I almost trended on twitter! 😉

A little while later, my hotel room phone rang and the gal at the front desk said someone from engineering was waiting outside my door to talk to me about my phone. I opened the door and he said he found my phone. I expected him to pour the pieces into my hand — but he handed my my intact phone! Even more exciting: it worked!!

I don’t know if a guardian angel cradled that thing on the way down or what, but I have an extra appreciation for my cute polka-dot ifrogz Mix phone case!

My daughters say my phone is famous now. I say ifrogz makes good iPhone cases and the engineering staff at Dulles Hilton is awesome.

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What a great story! So awesome that you got your phone back AND it was still working :).

Colleen Kessler

Wish you could have heard the collective gasp as we read your tweet on the tweetdeck projection that was feeding live on the big screen. 😉 It was certainly memorable. Loved seeing you again. Be well, my friend.

Zephyr Hill

What a great story! Great tweeting friends. Great ifrogz case. Great Hilton staff. Great God! 🙂

That’s such a great story since it ended well. 🙂 We looked at that crack in the elevator shaft after that. It’s a good-sized gap, but still, what are the chances of your phone landing at just the right angle to go down? The Dulles Hilton staff was so very impressive this weekend for that among many other things. Glad you made it home safely. I had a great time, but I’m so happy to be sitting at home in my comfy chair surrounded by all my people and creatures again.


Jamie –
What an answer to prayer!
It was great to meet you and talk so frequently – the weekend was way to fast!



If something that horrible was going to happen (and yes I mean horrible…it’s sad how much I depend on my phone), what a cool place for it to happen! So glad you got it back!


That’s a pretty incredible story! Your phone’s been on quite an adventure!


We all gasped when we saw your tweet and cheered when we saw that they found it intact! Glad it wasn’t toast!

Tabitha Philen

You should totally hit up the ifrogz company for a sponsorship. LOL

Tricia @ Hodgepodge

Um – wow! That is an amazing story! He sure takes care of each and every thing. His eye is on the sparrow…


Wow Jamie! God is so good, isn’t He? (and I now have a new case on my wishlist – their Vue case is so cool!)