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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