Losing It

cellMy guy has some excellent qualities, but keeping up with his cell phone is not one of them. He has misplaced his phone so often that I have lost count of the number of times.

The other day it happened again. We were in the car heading home after work when he reached for his phone and it wasn’t there.

“My cell phone is gone!” he exclaimed, as he scrambled around in his pockets while still trying to drive.

“Call the number from my phone and maybe someone will answer.”  But it only rang and rang. Either no one found it or whoever found it intended to keep it.

“Maybe you lost it in the office?” I suggested.

We circled the block and parked in a no parking zone while he ran inside to check. Shortly he returned — phoneless.

“It wasn’t there.”

“Did you check with security?”

“Yes, they didn’t have it.”

We returned to the parking garage, checked the stairs, checked around where the car was parked, called the number. Nothing. Finally, we gave up.

“Maybe you left it at home? When is the last time you remember using it?”

“I can’t remember.”

So, I called and asked my daughter to look for it. Maybe he dropped it in the yard when walking the dog. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Soon she called back. “I found it,” she said,“I called his number and heard music in the bedroom.”

Well, at least it is found. End of crisis this time.

We once spent an hour checking everywhere we had been in an entire office park. I found that phone weeks later at home under the bed. It had already been disconnected and replaced, of course.

Another time we found one in the wet grass where he had walked the dog.

He always gets insurance in case of loss. Someone like him had better have good insurance. However, even with insurance you can only get a phone replaced a limited number of times until they no longer want your business.

Strangely, lost phones always seem to show up eventually but not until you give up hope, have it deactivated, and get a new one.  The best time to find one is right away, while it still rings and before the battery goes dead — or the day after you buy a new one.

No one is perfect, of course. I lost mine once in the parking garage. I called the number and someone answered. I was lucky.

My daughter lost my phone once in a resort in Texas. We spent days looking and asking only to have the hotel call a month after we got home to say someone had turned it in. It had already been replaced.

I found a cell phone once on a hospital parking lot. I just turned it in to security and let them deal with finding the owner. My daughter said she has found two at gas stations while pumping gas.  I imagine airports and restaurants probably have boxes of them.

Losing cell phones seems to be an epidemic. Usually people are honest and return them. If you return them to the cell phone company, do they return them to the owner? Or should you call every number in the phone’s directory saying, “I found this phone.”

Phones with trackers seem like a good idea, but even with those you can only find the general area where the phone is and not a specific spot.

So, I don’t know what the answer is other than being careful.

If you figure something out, let me know.  I think I’ll go check and be sure mine is still in my purse.

©2008

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About Sheila Moss

My stories are about daily life and the funny things that happen to all of us. My columns have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and websites.
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6 Responses to Losing It

  1. My husband also loses his regularly, but we’ve only had to replace his once at least! And it did turn up in his car some months later. Does you husband also let his charge run out completely? That’s another problem here. Not sure it’s of much use if it’s dead all the time.

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  2. BunKaryudo says:

    I haven’t lost my cell phone yet, but my wife frequently misplaces hers and asks me to call her on mine. Irritatingly, just when I’ve opened it up and dialled the number, my wife then generally finds her phone again before it has even had a chance to ring, thus making my effort pointless.

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  3. Sheila Moss says:

    I do that also. 😦 Some people are just losers, I guess.

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  4. energywriter says:

    Good story. Keep looking and your fingers crossed.

    One year I worked at Busch Gardens’ Lost and Found. We received well over 1,000 during the season – some intact, some in pieces. Signs at each ride tell people to secure their phones. Your jeans or jacket pocket is not secure. The pocket has to be buttoned or zipped. The ride operator will not hold up the line for some one to look for a phone. After the park closes at night maintenance does a sweep of the grounds and water, then turn in what they find. Keys are the other big loss item for the same reason. That really causes a panic. The person can’t drive home without a key. sd

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    • Sheila Moss says:

      I was surprised we got back the one lost in Texas at a big resort hotel. Do they try to return them at Busch Gardens? If you forget a credit card at a restaurant, they hold it for a few days and if no one claims it, they cut it up. Apparently, it happens a lot. What can I say, I left my purse in a rental car the other day. Fortunately, I realized it and went back right away. I have every tracking device money can buy and still lose stuff.

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