No good deed goes unpunished--phone destroyed

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August 25, 2020, 07:53 PM
No good deed goes unpunished--phone destroyed
The wife and I have been splitting time between home and Norfolk/VA Beach since mid May. Our son has been in Navy OCS, and our daughter in law was pregnant with our first grand daughter. We were there for the birth and off and on since to help with the baby. Our son graduated last week, and we were in VA for his homecoming.

We were preparing to come home this morning, and I was taking the suitcases down to the truck. As I was returning to the apartment, I noticed a Malti-Poo type dog running free toward the road and a woman wearing flip flops trying to catch him. She said he had slipped out of his collar somehow. I offered to help her catch him, because the main road is 4 lanes in each direction with a grass median in between, and this was during morning rush hour. We tried to cut him off with a pincer move, but he somehow managed to elude us. We then realized he had somehow, miraculously, made it all the way across the road to the other side. I had to run across the north bound lanes to the median, wait for a gap in traffic, and run across the southbound lanes. We were able to coral the dog and get him back into his collar and leash. We then reversed the process of crossing back to the apartment complex.

About an hour after we left, I reached for my cell phone to plug it into the charger. No phone in my pocket. Using the wife's phone, we called our son, and he checked the apartment with no luck. He then went out to the road and found my phone along the median, having obviously been run over. I don't know how much I'll be able to recover from it until I get it in my hands, which won't be until later in the week, but I know a new phone is in my future. The prospect of losing all my photos and possibly call my contacts is not a pleasant one. I know I should have been backing things up, but shoulda, woulda, coulda, but didn't.

Funny thing is, I was wearing a P365 IWB in a Sticky Holster, and I was very cautious to keep a hand on it while running to make sure it didn't come out. I didn't think to do the same with my cell phone in my pocket. Oh well, at least the dog is o.k.
August 26, 2020, 08:15 AM
What kind of phone do you have? Is it possible your contacts and photos are backed up to the cloud?

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August 27, 2020, 01:26 PM
FN in MT
Several months back I stopped to help a guy with a car fire. I emptied my 5 pound dry chemical and put it out.

He went on and on that he wanted to at least get my extinguisher filled for me. Local guy too.

STILL haven't seen or heard of my extinguisher.
August 27, 2020, 01:30 PM
Have you removed the sim card from the broken phone to see if it is recoverable? Did you have a memory card in it, too?

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August 27, 2020, 02:43 PM
Originally posted by 229DAK:
Have you removed the sim card from the broken phone to see if it is recoverable? Did you have a memory card in it, too?

The phone was still in VA, but I should have it in hand tomorrow and can better assess the damage.
August 28, 2020, 12:30 PM
I finally gave in and gave google or someone about $1 (maybe $2) per month for a TB cloud backup thing. It has my music, photos, contacts, etc. and the phone does it every so often automatically so no fuss.

If you're Verizon - they typically have a backup of your contact info at the least.

August 28, 2020, 01:53 PM
Yeah, I think mine with Apple is $.99/mo.

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August 30, 2020, 12:08 PM
I always write down the phone numbers that I care about keeping.

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August 31, 2020, 04:48 PM
TK13, you sir are a good man for risking life and limb for that stray pooch. Your good deed shall be returned to you by the cosmos. Be well.

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