"Bury" Your BlackBerry in the Sand of Los Cabos
If you needed more proof of our pronounced love-hate relationship with our communication devices, the Marquis Los Cabos Resort invites its arriving guests to participate in a "BlackBerry Burial Ceremony."
After a de rigeur welcome drink and opportunity to avail yourself of a cool towel, you head out to the beach and bury your phone in the sand.
Now, the only thing that seems worse for an electronic device than sand burial is the dreaded toilet dunking, but luckily this ceremony is just a ritual.*
First, your smart phone is placed in a protective case -- a coffin, as it happens. Then, you must go at least ten minutes without your phone while the spa director teaches you how to massage your over-used hands. Try not to panic.
Finally, your dig out your phone -- I'm imagining a frantic, sand-flinging scene -- and then you get your phone back again to tell everyone on Facebook or Twitter what you've done.
*A note for the cautious! This ritual makes Sascha Segan, PC Magazine's cell phone editor, just a bit nervous. "In general you don't want sand or other little particles near your delicate electronic equipment and cell phones are pieces of delicate electronic equipment," he said.
"But what about the coffin?" I asked.
"How well sealed is that coffin?" he said. "I would feel much better if you put the phone in a zip-lock baggie before you bury it."
He suggests using the self-same bag that got your three-ounce liquids through airline security. And if you really want to bury your phone, the one to do it with is Casio Rock from Verizon. "That one is 100% sand proof."