Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta.

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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Pennies in the Radio

Julie took her car in to the stereo shop today b/c the radio was cutting out every once in a while. Actually, it was better than that - it'd quit working when she'd drive over a bump, and then start working again when she hit the next bump. The stereo shop called a few minutes ago to tell us what the problem was: someone has stuffed pennies into the radio, and they'd somehow fallen down and were shorting out the wiring below. I wonder who that someone was?

Our Little Cowgirl

If you have a good "my life as a parent" story, I'd love to hear it.

Posted in General at Oct 22 2005, 03:20:32 PM MDT 16 Comments

Was it you? You can't trust a geek not to fiddle. Your daughter looks far more innocent than you.

Posted by Sam Hough on October 22, 2005 at 03:34 PM MDT #

It was quarters for me - and she stuffed them into the steering wheel. They slipped behind the airbag and would slide around. Everytime I turned the wheel my horn would start blaring -- really embarassing when you are pulling into a gas station for example.

Posted by Dan Hatfield on October 22, 2005 at 04:16 PM MDT #

Hehe. My son decided it would be cool if he sat in the front seat of our car. He was having fun "driving", and "changing gears" etc... Then, he noticed the CD player in the console. He decided the nickel that magically appeared in his hand would fit nicely into the slot for the CD player. It did. Of course, now we can't play his CDs in it - he just points to it and says "broken?" I was thinking about driving down a REALLY bumpy road to try to shake it loose...

Posted by D'Arcy Norman on October 22, 2005 at 04:20 PM MDT #

At least you know who did it. I have twins!

Posted by on October 23, 2005 at 06:02 AM MDT #

A couple of days ago my wife brought our car to the dealer for a state mandated inspection. While waiting she and our 26 month old son Eli wandered around the showroom. Eli hopped into the drivers seat of a S2000 Roadster and started pushing all the buttons on the dashboard, turning on the wipers, emergency flashers, etc. At one point he leaned on the horn and the loud noise in the enclosed showroom scared him a bit. Apparently it took quite a bit of convincing to get him out of the car. When my wife called and related the story she said, "Eli bought us a new car". I hope whoever really buys the car doesn't find pennies in the CD player.

Posted by John Fereira on October 23, 2005 at 07:01 AM MDT #

My daughter ( 3 years ) decided that a good place to hide some coins was...well inside the inkjet printer...

Posted by And on October 23, 2005 at 08:23 AM MDT #

Pennies are a common theme! My daughter took on the DVD on my xbox with three of them:(

Posted by Tim Rush on October 24, 2005 at 05:56 AM MDT #

I have two kids (8 and 5). I have latly pulled 7 CD/DVD's from a 5 disk changer.

We had the boy into the doctor when he was younger to remove a rock from the nose and last year he decided he wanted to eat a salad made up of weeds from the school yard. After a night of throwing up, we ended up in the ER.

Children, you have to Love them.

Posted by Gary Woodbridge on October 24, 2005 at 09:43 AM MDT #

Crayons in the inkjet printer are not a pretty sight either... It is a toss up between that and the magic marker "map" from one end of the kitchen floor to the other that my 3 year old, Ian provided to help visitors "find his room". Lucky thing he is cute....

Posted by Slucas on October 24, 2005 at 10:37 AM MDT #

Adrian, my 3 year old son vandalism history in *chronological order* is:
Catching and ripping off the deskjet printer head's plastic band in one quick movement before mommy's astonished eyes,
Placing a wet towel instead of a DVD disc inside the 5-disc DVD player and pressing the play button jamming the pickup system, days later when I opened the DVD player to investigate why stopped working for no reason after my amazement I closed my mouth because the now dry towel was this short to burst in flames judging by the brown area,
Inserted pennies in the car CD player (this is a big relief for me it seems that everybody has had a similar episode),
Breaking the attachment of my home theater's right surround speaker, this almost made my cry on the spot due to my hopelessness and miserable life
and *finally* Drawing on the carpet with a permanent marker, this made my wife cry.

Posted by Rogelio on October 24, 2005 at 05:55 PM MDT #

My daughter put a CD into the car CD player once ..... only it wasn't the CD player, it was the control for the heater temperature! The heater temperature is controlled by a knob, which slides horizontally, and the slit along which it slides is above the similar horizontal slit for loading the CD player, and both slits are about the same width ... So that CD is still there somewhere, inside the dashboard.

Posted by Chris Koenigsberg on October 25, 2005 at 11:22 AM MDT #

[Trackback] Noah said something very funny and odd last night. I wasn't gonna post it here but then I was reading Matt Raible's blog and he had a post about the same topic, crazy things kids do. Instead of posting this...

Posted by Erik's... Hmm... on October 26, 2005 at 07:32 AM MDT #

After refinancing our home with received a check from our former lender for the escrow. It was a decent chunk of chain. So I added this check to the set that I had planned on depositing in the local bank. When I got to the bank to my horror all the checks were present except for the escrow check. We then searched everywhere and couldn't find it. I began coming up with all kinds of theories (i.e. dropped in on the way, bank teller fraud etc.). We eventually had the check cancelled for precaution and had a new one issued. Months later we finally discovered the check again, it was inside a CD player!

Posted by Carlos E. Perez on October 27, 2005 at 04:33 AM MDT #

Not related to pennies or dvd/cd players... I was outside and I thought the kids were asleep... I went in to peek at them and before I got to the bedroom door I heard my son calling out "Mommy!" I opened the door to find him standing there covered in lotion, about 7 different kinds. (His hands were covered; therefore, he couldn't turn the doorknob.) My bed - also covered in lotion. Much of the lotion was bronzer. We had a REALLY hard time keeping a straight face while we cleaned it up because he looked so pitiful. We had to throw away all of the sheets and steam clean the carpet. On my website click on the black line at top to see pics.

Posted by CFrith on March 14, 2006 at 08:51 PM MST #

I meant to add that I found this website while Googling for info on removing pennies from my car cd player that my kids inserted... Still haven't figured it out - any ideas?

Posted by CFrith on March 14, 2006 at 08:56 PM MST #

We had our pennies removed/discovered at the local stereo shop. Unfortunately, I wouldn't know how to do it myself - except for removing the head unit and shaking it like mad. ;-)

Posted by Matt Raible on March 14, 2006 at 08:59 PM MST #

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