On Friday night I bought a package of dry white rice, poured it into a strong plastic bag, then sealed my MacBook Pro inside. My initial plan was to extract it after 24 hours and then try to power it up. Last night I thought that since it was late in the day already, why not give it until this morning to dry out some more?
So I did. At about 11 this morning I finally broke the seal, plugged it in and hit the power button. Nothing. The charge light didn't even show on the power adapter. In short: "He's dead, Jim". That bites.
The next step in the process was to extract its hard drive and copy the most needed files onto my second string laptop--assuming that the drive even works at all! I'm happy to say that it does. That's a HUGE load off my mind, since that's where all my most recent audiobook files are! (Note to self: get Carbonite ASAP.)
I'm also going one step further. Being a big fat dork, I own not one, but two drive docks, so I'm putting them to work backing up that hard drive. I'm hoping that Super Duper does the trick.
Finally, I'm set up with the Apple store for an appointment at 11am tomorrow. Maybe they can at least point me in the right direction for figuring out where the problem(s) lie.