So, I'm living in a third world country with minimal access to brewing equipment and ingredients. Recently, a friend flying in from the west was able to bring me a few kilos worth of equipment so that I could begin to try to brew my own batches - obviously, a hydrometer was at the top of my wish list, so I ordered a nice one, had it mailed to him prior to departure, and it miraculously survived the cross-oceanic voyage in his checked luggage.
It lasted precisely one sample. Ensuring that my yeast starter solution was a solid 1.040 prior to pitching, the hydrometer slipped through the sample tube when the bottom stopper unexpectedly decided it no longer cared to perform its function. Tile floor - 1; Hydrometer - 0.
The worst part isn't even that I won't be able to get another one for weeks/months. The worst part is that - on the way down - it decided to strike squarely on the top of my (bare) left foot, shattering and leaving a piece of glass embedded right in my foot. So maybe it should be Hydrometer - 1; Left Foot - 0. Either way, I was so upset I didn't even notice I was bleeding for about ten minutes.
So now I have a yeast starter that I guess should be around 1.040 and some already crushed grain that my buddy brought with him that I have to use this weekend (or it'll be bad by the time a new hydrometer gets here) and no way to measure the resulting wort/beer.
Had to rant - thanks for listening.