To The Man Who Jumped Onto Train Tracks For My Friend's Phone, Your Life's Worth More Than That

# To The Man Who Jumped Onto Train Tracks For My Friend's Phone, Your Life's Worth More Than That

Here's what happened when my friend dropped his phone through the train track gap.

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Now I know most of us can't go five minutes without being on or near our cell phones... so what would you do if you dropped your phone on the train tracks? I never thought this would ever happen to me or any of my friends because we don't go on the railroad very often and the gap between the platform and the train is fairly slim right? So the other weekend a few friends and I decided to go into NYC for the night but decided (a few stops from where we got on) that we actually wanted to go to a local party. As we exited the train... can you guess what happened?

My friend dropped his phone right through the platform gap.

The train left the station and we had called an Uber to get us to go to the party, but we didn't know what to do about his phone! He was freaking out, debating whether or not he should jump down to get it. It was CRAZY. Like the odds of someone's phone turning to exactly 180 degrees as it's falling and going straight through the gap is just so slim.

As my friend is freaking out, we were trying to think of all these different ways to get it: holding his feet to reach down (but it was like a 6-foot drop), looking at the train schedule to calculate how much time we had to jump down and run to the nearest railroad crossing... like, WTF... and then we realized: wait a sec... it's so not even worth it. Two minutes later a GINORMOUS freight train came by and took about five minutes to pass. It went right over the phone and we were like, "a'ight it's a goner."

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE.

A strange man was the only other person at the train station at the time and he kept saying "I'll jump down and get it," "I'll do it don't worry." So first of all, why would some stranger risk his life to get someone else's phone? And second of all... WHY WOULD SOME STRANGER RISK HIS LIFE TO GET SOMEONE ELSE'S PHONE? I really wanted no part of this, I was scared and was like, this just isn't worth losing your life.

Long story short, all of my friends and I got in the Uber and started to drive across the tracks by the railroad crossing and we see the strange guy running... WITH THE PHONE IN HIS HAND! He jumped down and got the phone. TEN SECONDS LATER THE NEXT TRAIN CAME. TEN SECONDS. That man could have DIED on our watch. Scary shit. We opened the Uber door and my friend ran after him to get it. It had his credit card, school ID, money and driver's license in his phone case so that could've been a messy situation. But the phone is safe and so is everyone involved in this crazy story. All is good.

Moral of the story: you can always get a new phone but you don't have a life to spare, so if this ever happens to you... good luck, Charlie!

# 14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

## 1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: \$8.49 (one pack), \$14.99 (two pack)

## 2. Phone juul holder

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: \$10.98

## 3. Animal house poster

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: \$1.95

## 4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: \$28.46

## 5. Beer pong socks

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: \$12.00

## 6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: \$9.99

## 7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: \$16.99

## 8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: \$6.50

## 9. Natty Light t-shirt

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: \$38.76-\$41.11

## 10. Natty light fanny pack

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: \$21.85

## 11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: \$79.99

## 12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: \$7.99

## 13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: \$13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

## 14. Beer Lights

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: \$17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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# My Phone Stopped Working And Now I Feel Lost

Never have I felt so out of place.

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I always think to myself what did I do before I had my phone. How did I entertain myself or what did I do? Well on Tuesday I found out when my phone stopped working. While I was internally freaking out I realized this was a time that I could spend doing other things. Then five minutes later I threw my phone on the passenger's seat in my car for not working. I knew that the next day I would have to take it to my carrier store to have it reset but I thought of a similar experience three years ago. When school started my phone would not work and I had to walk around campus without listening to music or seeing what was going on in my friends' lives.

I had to notice what was around me but it also opened my eyes to how much I use my phone. Fast forward to today when walking back to my car both me and my fraternity brother spent the entire time without phones just talking and later that night when I was with my friends I was not as concerned about what they were doing on their phones and just enjoying their company. I realize now that it is ok to go one day without your phone even if you lose all your Snapchat streaks.

Growing up at my camp we would always have to give our phones up at the beginning of the summer. The goal of this was to open our eyes to our surroundings and focus on our friendships rather than the screens we see every day. As I went on to become a counselor and division head more campers got smartphones and apps and people were more scared of losing something they had made with their phones. I had campers who told me they would give their usernames on Snapchat to their friends to keep their streaks. While I am proud of my streaks I am not that concerned with them like my campers. Yes, it does stink that my phone stopped working and I can't listen to music on my walk back to my apartment but it allows me to just have time to myself.

It is interesting to think how much I use my phone in a daily routine. After finishing homework I would watch Netflix on my phone before going to bed but now I know that is not possible and I feel a void. I have never had a problem talking to people without my phone but I have had problems talking to people while they are more interested in their phone. Yes, it does stink that I can not tell my friends to come to meet me somewhere or that I have to carry my laptop around and hope for wi-fi (I did that sophomore year but that's another story) but losing my phone has taught me not to be so dependent on materials.

After a long day of not having a phone, I bought the cheapest smartphone I could find to help me out for the time being. It is terrible but I can do what I need to do on their except call my parents so let's see how long this lasts.

In the months between seeing my brothers, they have noticed a change in me. While I used to be on my phone a lot now I try not to use it as much or only at certain times. There are times I feel dependent on my phone but I do not want that to be the case. Technology should not define me but rather I should define myself.