So I had a busy morning. So did my smartphone, getting its pretty little self lost and found.
- 6:30 walk and swim at Freyberg Beach with our local Wednesday swim group. (Delicious.)
- Took out the essential smartphone to show someone a photo as we dried ourselves
- put the essential smartphone on a picnic table instead of putting it back into my daypack
- walked home with the group
- unpacked the day pack: no smartphone
- had a think
- emailed friend in the swim group
- checked the Find My Phone app on my computer and saw that the phone was still in Oriental Bay (awesome tool!)
- ate some toast (needed energy)
- walked back to Freyberg Beach, no phone there (of course), checked with the ice cream place (no phone but someone had reported it and returned it to the Freyberg Gym)
- walked into the gym without scanning the QR or showing my vaccine pass (because no phone)
- asked the manager, who delivered the phone saying with astonishment, “How on earth did you lose THAT?”
- walked home, bought a coffee on the way to celebrate, home by 9 am
- had a shower, tidied up, decided to record the momentous event as a blog post.
What gets lost with the essential smartphone and case?
What’s in the case? More vital items for managing my life.
- Gold card, credit card and cash card
- vaccination pass
- a little cash
- business card (hastily added a few minutes ago)
- supermarket discount card and Snapper transport card
My smartphone is essential for communication, location and administration:
- primary communication tools: texts, phone, email
- time, date, calendar
- microphone and recordings of interviews
- connection with watch and hearing aids
- books, music, radio, and similar fancy things that I can manage without (for a while)
To check on leaving the apartment
Life is trickier for everyone at present than it used to be: the pandemic and all that. What’s more, it gets trickier as you get older. If I feel hustled or rushed, that’s dangerous. So on leaving the apartment I routinely check that I have all these items:
- for ears: hearing aids
- for eyes: glasses
- for nose: tissues
- for mouth (and nose): mask
- for brain: the essential smartphone
- for peace of mind: stove off, heater off, door locked
Finally I let myself step out of the apartment and go on my merry way.
Only to leave my beloved smartphone on a picnic bench by a city beach.
How to reduce the danger now
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