Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m not too proud to admit when I screw up, as in “I dropped my Blackberry Curve in the toilet!”
Yep, 3rd time in 10 years a cell phone of mine has ended up all washed up, so to speak.
Twice in the potty (I have 3 kids, so that’s my lingo) and once in a lake, Deep Creek Lake to be exact.
And don’t think for one minute that I didn’t grab some scuba gear to find that damn phone! (For the lake, not the toilet… that one was a bare-hander).
That time, I actually went to DCL Fire Dept. and borrowed gear from one of their rescue/recovery divers to try to find my phone to at least recover the card with over 300 contacts I’d forgotten to back up.
Did I mention that was the last time I’d neglected to back up info on a device?
Well, yep, after 2 full 100 cubic foot cylinders of air at 3,000 psi, I didn’t find it and that’s the last time I ignored backing up contact data.
Back to my main purpose.
Yesterday I did it again… dammit.
But this time, I frigging won!
It was a no-holds-barred match between me and the porcelain thug, and I kicked its butt… so to speak.
But it gets funnier because I’d just tweeted this (read from the bottom up…)
Come on, don’t tell me I’m alone!
Or, maybe I’m just too into overshare?
Hell, I don’t care.
But, here’s how I won, and I know you want to know or you would’ve clicked off this post long ago…
I doused that little bastard in 91% rubbing alcohol
(it was nearby because I’ve got Lyme disease
and give myself shots… shoot, there’s the overshare again. Never mind)
Then, I shook it.
Then I swore.
Then I wondered when was the last time I’d backed up the contacts, because this time there were a boatload more than 300, and scuba gear wouldn’t help.
Then I remembered how badly I pissed off my support staff by going out-of-system and getting my own phone last time… and now I knew this wasn’t going to go over well
But here’s the kicker -
I took a blow drier and set it on high/cool and sat there for 5 minutes blowing air into it, laughing at myself wondering how this would come across in a post.
Then I rounded up all the silica gel
packets from the medication I’ve been taking (f-ing Lyme disease again) and sealed that Blackberry Curve in a TupperWare dish overnight.
Dang if that didn’t work!
So, it’s not like I’m recommending going out and hugging a deer so a tick finds its way into your nooks and crannies, but this is one thing that actually worked.
Need more “how-to”?
Email me and I’ll get right back to ya.
All the best,
PS – thanks to @gtanerd
for the advice on the bowl of rice. That would also have worked, but I was looking to keep a little twist of “Lyme” in this one (pardon the pun, but humor is how I cope and it’s helped me everywhere from Parris Island
in the Marines, dealing with Autism, and now here).