With a little help from my friends!

Mar 3, 2024 | 6 comments

Truly, I’m asking for your help! The WORST EVER thing happened to me last week.  I pushed a wrong button (apparently) and I lost ALL of my contact information on both my cell phone and my computer.  I was on my cell phone and what ever I did … suddenly there was a blank screen.  No contact information.  Nada.  Surely not, thought I and went immediately to my computer where I thought all would be well …

Not so much.  I had had 1100+ contacts on my computer and about half that many on my cell phone.  By taking Nyel’s old cell phone to my computer guru, I was able to get some back.  And, I’ve been going back email by email to access the addresses from emails I’ve not yet deleted.  But still, I’m in a world of hurt.

My email addresses include writing and research contacts,  business as well as personal contacts, colleagues from my work years in California and, of course, here, as well as from others who don’t give their contact information to “just anyone.”  Well, at least I haven’t been hacked and private information isn’t just hopping around out there.

SO. if you are willing to help me, please send me your name and email address and a one-sentence explanation of how we “know” each other.  I don’t promise any immediate responses,  I think I’ll have my work cut out for me.  But eventually, I hope I can get back to you and let you know how much I appreciate your help.



  1. Isabelle Le Corguillé

    My grandfather’s shipwreck on the Alice.

  2. Clay Nichols

    Hope to see you during a trip in April.

    • Sydney Stevens

      How I wish that had worked out, Clay! Fingers crossed for next time!

  3. Rose Power

    Hi Sydney, see you at the history talk on Wednesday and I hate computers too.

  4. Sheila in Yakima

    Sydney- you might try contacting your cell phone provider (AT&T, Verizon…the store where ever you got your phone) & have them “restore” your contacts from _____ (insert specific date prior to the deletion). It may take them 24 hours, but they should be able to restore them. Once they are back on your phone, you can re – “import” them back into you computer / Google or whatever you use on your laptop. Be prepared, the store may need you to go in person with photo id…but call them & see. Hope this helps~

    • sydney

      Thanks, Sheila! Bit by bit, I’m getting most of them back but I will definitely check out the Verizon possibilities when next I’m in Astoria. At this point, it can’t hurt!


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