#SOL22: Misadventure

After I flip the lock on the door, I organize. Food for the refrigerated drawer, food on the counter, keys and billfold on the counter, and then I hang my jacket on the back of the chair.

Big pause . . .

Phone. It needs to be charged!



I check my jacket . . . not in any of the four pockets. I backtrack. Following my previous steps in reverse order. Not on the counter. Not in the sack of food. Not in the drawer. I step back by the door and follow through my path once more from start to finish.

Still NO phone.

Muttered comments under my breath.

Still no phone.

I put my coat on, pick up my keys and head back to the elevator and then the parking ramp. I check the ground around the vehicle we used today. It’s not on the ground. Bummer.

Back inside again. Up the elevator and to my room.

I open my computer. It’s possible my phone is out in a vehicle in the parking ramp. But my fastest communication is out. I try email and Twitter DM waiting for a response. Not thrilled about going back outside a second time, but it will be worth it if I find it.

Finally, my email pings. I go down a floor to borrow the keys and then retrace the now familiar path out to the parking ramp. The RAM chirps and the doors unlock. I sigh – so relieved to find my phone on the floor in the back seat.

Gratefully, I leave the ramp and return the keys. As I enter my room, I check the time. Almost 30 minutes wasted on this misadventure but I have my phone and all is good!

What adventures did you have during the Thanksgiving break? How did you respond to any difficulties?


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10 responses

  1. I feel so lost if I forget my phone. We are so dependent on it. I’m glad you found it.

    1. So dependent, Margaret. It feels like I’ve lost half my brain when I don’t have my phone as it has my calendar, my sense of time and so much more! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. So glad you found your phone. It is amazing how our lived have become so tied up in technology. I know I feel like part of me is missing if my phone isn’t constantly in sight.

    1. Technology . . . definitely here to stay! Helpful most of the time!

  3. Very relatable post! Our agitation and worry increase as you describe all those lost steps, up and down.
    My friend recently left his phone in his car and left a meeting to walk back to get it, taking about a half an hour as well. He didn’t want it stolen out of the car, but also his phone manages his diabetes! I was even more reminded how important they have become to us.

    1. Thanks, Fran. My uncle controls the volume on his hearing aids from his phone so daily life is greatly impacted by our phones!

  4. I love the humor in this post. You had me right from the start with the locking of the door. I am also relieved that you actually checked the refrigerator door for your phone. I thought I was the only one who would make this egregious error.

    1. Oh my. The places my phone or even my keys have gone … accidentally. There’s never any need to panic but it’s easy to become frustrated when the little things go awry!

  5. This is such a 21st century post! You document well the frustration, the steps taken, including using another piece of tech to aid in finding the lost phone and of course, the time lost. So glad you found it!

    1. Sally,
      The sad thing is that I really need to upgrade but didn’t it June because I was traveling, then family stuff, then NCTE, now Christmas and travel …. no time to learn NEW phone stuff.
      Never enough time!

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