Hang in there reckoner -- we all have those weeks where it seems like nothing is going right..
Thanks. Turns out that RTM can't restore tasks, even for Pro members. Since I had to start over anyway, I migrated to ToodleDo, which is not as slick, but more structured than RTM. I am finding it overall more useful since you can examine statistics on your tasks, see them on a calendar, and just generally organize them better in layers using subtasks. Also, ToodleDo support twitter.com integration so it still works with FARR via the twitter plugin.