"Life’s an adventure. I’m livin’ it up!"

That’s my usual tag at the end of one of my crazy stories from my life. I’m moving it to the front of this one to emphasize the fact that not all of my stories are from the distant past.

I added a brand new one just last week: “The bank’s REAL steep.”

I was given that word of caution before Clark Cole and I headed down through the pasture to try a little fishin’ on Squaw Creek behind Woody Wood’s house. And steep it was.

Clark and I found a couple of places where it was a bit easier to cast into the flowing waters, but it was a bit of a challenge to get to ‘em. After a while Clark suggested that we move down the creek bank in search of perhaps some other accessible areas. We did. And then Clark continued on further downstream. I hung up and lost a lure, and since I had not carried my tackle box with me when we relocated, I had to make my way back upstream.

I put another spinner-bait on my line and spotted a narrow ledge under some low-hanging vines, just above the water’s edge. I surmised that if I could just get on that little ledge, I could lean back against the flat, steep surface of the embankment and be able to cast upstream.

Everything went real well -- until I stepped on that ledge. I quickly felt the sandy texture crumble underneath my feet, and in a matter of seconds I was in neck-deep water.

I was also keenly aware that my cell phone was in my pocket -- my blue-jean shorts pocket. Best I can figure, that would mean my phone was somewhere around 2-and-a-half-feet under water. And since it took a while to figure out how I was going to get out (remember, Clark was a good ways away and didn’t know I was wet.), the phone was under for at least five minutes or so.

As soon as I was out of the creek, I took the battery out of my soaked phone, which, of course was in the process of shutting down…completely. I have been hearing for some time now that covering a wet phone with rice in a brown paper sack will dry it out and bring it back to life. I had my doubts, but I decided to give it a try.

Monday morning I was excited to see my screen light up with all of my icons intact. My excitement diminished when I realized that not only did my speaker not function, neither did the touch screen or side buttons. I had given up hope and decided I’d be going to buy a new phone when an idea struck me.

I put the paper sack with the rice and phone inside a warm oven. After one hour I put the battery back in the phone, turned it on and have been using it -- with NO problems ever since!

See, I AM livin’ it up!

Randy McLelland, a.k.a. Randy Mac, is senior pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church on FM 202. He plays the role of "Grandpa" in The Promise and, through his “Livin' It Up” ministries, is a motivational speaker and Christian entertainer. He can be reached at randymac@randymac.com or 817-454-3386; his Web site address is www.randymac.com.