In a way it's a relief. In a way. Not sure if this is an iPhone 4 or an iPhone 4S. It's the white one. I think Demetrius said it's the S. At any rate, the other evening I was sort of popping it from one hand to the other to put it on the piano — one of it's resting places — while also worrying/considering/stressing about something, probably having to do with money. And somehow the phone didn't make it from one hand to the other.
How people keep these things in one piece without a case is a total mystery to me and I have a pretty robust case called an Otterbox. It's a thick, bulky case made of plastic and rubber that pretty much doubles the size of the iPhone. But this thing landed straight on it's back with a loud SMACK on the hardwood floor and Rivka and I immediately knew it had been a transformational moment of non-mindfullness.
There's a really awesome iPhone App Adobe makes called Image Capture that I've been wanting for a while and it requires a newer iPhone than the four, so this may be just the excuse to buy yet another piece of technology. I originally paid $100 for this phone, used, with the case, and Demetrius says it costs like $80 to repair the screen.
You can repair an iPhone screen yourself. The iFixit website has awesome step-by-step guides for iPhone, iPad and Computer repairs of all sorts. The iPhone 4 screen repair guide is here. It says it's difficult, and without even reading it, I'm sure it is. At a glance it doesn't look like it requires a bunch of rare tools and parts. The iPhone 5 and 6 seem to have repair kits that alone cost like $80. Nine sections, 40 steps, 20 - 30 minutes. And there's always at least one part where you're likely to break something if you do it wrong.
Our old 13" powerbook keyboard had a wobbly F1 or F2 key for the rest of it's life following some repair I did. So I'm still undecided about how to properly deal with this iPhone 4 screen situation. In the meantime, when you text me, know that I will be reading and writing within a glass spider web. Expletive — but a gentle one.