Where it really belongs

Something happened in the middle of last night that confirmed two important facts: I really am addicted to my Blackberry & it pays to be FOF.

I awoke to pee. Although it was 3 a.m., I instinctively grabbed my BB and was so tired that it dropped right out of my hand and into the toilet bowl the moment I entered the bathroom. (A message from God, perhaps?) I fished out the darn thing, removed the battery and turned on my hair dryer to help dry it out. Battery back in, the red light blinked on to indicate life, but alas, it blinked off after less than a minute.

I finally went back to sleep, but not after testing the BB 22 times more. If it still wasn’t working after my yoga lesson in the morning, I’d go to AT&T to get a new one.

Work it didn’t.

“It’ll cost $439 for a new one,” the young man at ATT&T told me. I was expecting the steep price, but I wasn’t expecting him to tell me I wouldn’t be able to retrieve all my contact info. Over 400 numbers were stored in it and, to make matters worse, I hadn’t backed up most of them on my desktop.

Here’s where the FOF part comes in.  I didn’t get upset for a second. When something like this happened years ago, I was beside myself. Today, I calmly returned home and starting entering numbers and emails. I didn’t use at least half the numbers I had stored, anyway.

My FOF pal, Lois, told me it’s likely my BB will come back to life once it’s completely dry.  Oh well, at least I’ll have a reserve.

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13 Responses to “Where it really belongs”

  1. beadboard upcountry says:

    Oh Geri!
    I did the same thing with mine and I left it inside a pair of jeans and washed it.!!! Had to do the same thing go and fork out the big bucks and get a new one. I even sent it to Blackberry rehab ( I didn’t know there was such a thing!) It was dead, deceased, gone to meet it’s maker, like Monty Python’s Parrot episode it was an ex Blackberry!!!!!! Ouch!!!!!!! Enjoying reading FOF! Maryanne:)

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  2. eileen says:

    Take your phone (remove the battery) and place it in a bowl filled with uncooked rice. Cover it completely and leave it for four-five days. The rice will absorb the moisture and the phone will dry out. Blow the remaining rice in the phone w/ your hairdryer..on low. Good luck!!

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    • Betsy Rapoport says:

      I’ve used the rice/hair dryer trick to revive both an iPod and cell phone. After a few days of the rice bath, I punched a hole in a piece of cardboard, set the cardboard over the bowl of rice, stuck the hair dryer through the hole, and turned it on to “low”. That way, I didn’t have to hold it while it did its magic. And yes, I cooked and ate the rice afterwards.

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    • Geri says:

      Hi Betsy,

      can you explain why you used the hairdryer when the rice was still in the bowl. I thought the hair dryer is used to blow out the pieces of rice stuck in the phone after the bath.

      Geri

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    • Geri says:

      Hi Eileen,

      my bb is now sitting in a bowl of rice. it’s brown rice because the bb is a health fiend.

      Geri

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  3. Rose says:

    I thought I was bad, Mine goes to bed with me and as yours goes to restroom and my husband says I am addicted to it he even cut something out of the paper that said I would need therapy if I ever lost it. I think he is right.

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    • Geri says:

      Hi Rose,

      Mine goes to bed with me, TOO. On the night table right next to me. God forbid I should leave it in another room. What if someone is texting me from Australia in the middle of the night?
      HAHA.

      Geri

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  4. ClaireOKC says:

    Ain’t age wonderful – it evens out all these things…some how it will all work out, not sure how or why, but it will! Personally my heart would have sunk and I would have had to do some deep DEEP meditation to get back to sleep after I lost all my contacts! (Note to self: back up contacts not only on laptop, but on internet someplace too!!!!)

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    • Geri says:

      Hi Claire,

      I didn’t realize the contacts would be lost, so I could go back to sleep. LOL

      Geri

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  5. Kirin says:

    Second time I’ve heard of this happening in less than a week, Memo to self: backup my stuff now, i.e. if I can find where the darn thing is this a.m., not in there I hope…….

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    • Geri says:

      HAHAHA KIRIN

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  6. Geri says:

    Hi Susan,

    LOL. I don’t take it to yoga class, thank goodness.

    Fondly,
    Geri

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  7. Susan says:

    Geri! Oh my Lord. You took it with you in the middle of the night? In your own home? I’m not concentrating on the cost (I can’t afford one, much less a spare)… Are you sure you’re going to the right yoga class (type) for you? lol

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