Saturday, January 7, 2017

Playing the Lost and Found Game

I cannot be the only person reading this blog who has played the 'lost and found' game more than once.  I have spent the better part of today - and yesterday - doing it again.  I hate it, but sometimes when I am done I have managed to do a whole lot of cleaning - and only to find what I was looking for in the very first place I looked - just two days later.

So, let me start with some of my classic games before I delve into yesterday and today's quest.

Many years ago (1990's or thereabouts) I was on my way to a meeting up North when I could not find my sunglasses.  It was late September and knowing there was no way I could enjoy driving and then seeing the great outdoors without sunglasses, I stopped at one of those one-hour eyeglass places and got a new pair of sunglasses.  The following spring I was cleaning the flower beds and found my sunglasses lying on the ground.  Then I vaguely remembered having put them on top of my head when I was cleaning the fall garden, which is how I lost them in the first place.  I still have those sunglasses, my Jackie O's which I have had since the early 1970's.  They are in my car.

Fast forward a few years and I am getting ready for work and cannot find the gold bracelet that I wore every day.  I looked all over the house.  I finally gave up and went to work.  I told my staff about losing the bracelet and Barb, one of my employees, said she was sure I would find it.  An entire year went by and still no bracelet.  It was more than another year later when I found it.  And guess where it was.  In the flower beds, not more than 5 feet from where I found the sunglasses several years before.  Back when I was working, the flowers did not get much of my attention - hence the long delay.  I still have the bracelet, but can't remember the last time I wore it.

And the same thing happened with some house keys, lost and found in the garden.  Makes me wonder if I should give up gardening.

The oldest incident I can remember about something being 'lost' was a uniform.  I was working in the hospital in the 1960's and living at home.  My mother did the laundry, taking everything to the laundromat.  One of my white uniforms went missing.  I asked her if perhaps she had left it at the laundromat and of course she said 'no' and said that perhaps I had lost it.  I asked her if she ever saw me come home from work without a uniform.  Duh!  The uniform never did show up.

And so for the latest two days of my life.  Yesterday I went to load Turbo Tax on my computer and wanted to copy my old files.  I started looking for the USB drive I made last year and I could not find it.  I tore apart my entire office.  I did find lots of old pictures on CDs that I can put on my computer.  There were old maps of the gardens from the 1970's that I decided could be thrown away.  There were CDs of the game 'You Don't Know Jack' along with various other out-dated ones.  There was everything except the Turbo Tax drive.

It was so weird because I could remember using a blue drive I received at a conference years ago.  Yet, with all the drives I could not find it.  Really, I am keeping all of my old finance committee files and can't locate my own taxes????  I was getting really frustrated.

Even though I had looked through one of the cabinets where I was sure it was twice, I decided that the third time's the charm.  And there it was in an envelope just as I remembered placing it.  The blue drive.

Yes, I could still use Turbo Tax without the old data.  Just have to reenter everything.  I took it off the computer in the first place, cause seeing as how this machine is now seven years old I was afraid it would crash and I would lose everything.  Back-up is great if you can actually find the stuff in the place you put it without spending two days of your life looking for it.  This year I think I will stash it with the paperwork.  At least that box is a little too big to lose.

So, do you often play the lost and found game?  With happy results in the end?  Or has your item disappeared into the cosmos with my old uniform?

10 comments:

  1. Look in your garden? LOL

    Yes, I believe we all do it. It's frustrating.

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    1. Like lady Godiva? minus the horse.

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  2. Years ago we had a CD for some type of game for the kids. We moved and the house was completely empty, everything packed. Could never find that CD. Still have no idea where it could be. A few years later another move and son had a bowl he used for breakfast every morning. Couldn't find it after the move, I suspect it might have been left in the dishwasher of where we used to live. Weirdest lost and found was looking for my car keys one day to take the kids to school. They weren't in their usual place (I've learned, keep the car keys and the wallet in a consistent place). Searched high and low. Even had to call hubby to come home from work to get the kids to school on time. Found the keys in a drawer in the hutch. Far away from where I usually placed them. I suspect "foul play" (little hands) might have had something to do with that one. It is always good to find what was lost!

    betty

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    1. Good when we find them, not so good when they are gone forever. I did lose a pair of prescription glasses a few years ago and still have no idea how it happened.

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  3. I expected you found your blue hard drive thingy in the garden:) oh I have played this often. Once I was looking everywhere for my sunglasses and I was getting so frustrated. My hubby asked what was wrong and he looked at me like I needed to go to a home...reason, the sunglasses were on top of my head! Another time, I was looking for my winter sweaters since I had moved when it was warm out. I couldn't find them for 2 years until we were travelling to Europe and I needed my suitcase. Yup, inside were all my winter sweaters..I thought someone stole a box when we were moving.

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    1. And I suspect that the Christmas socks I made for me and my kids got left in the Christmas tree box. Unfortunately, I gave the tree away years ago and likely the socks also. Lucky you for finding your sweaters. I do believe someone stole a box of vinyl albums when we moved.

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  4. There was my son's GameBoy, lost, and found several year later. In a closet. There are certain objects we re still looking for. We'll probably find them when we finally decide to move into an apartment. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  5. You've heard some of my lost and found stories in my blog, but you reminded me about a gold bracelet I lost when we were still in England many years ago. I couldn't find it anywhere. I even claimed it on my insurance then ages later, I decided to clean out my chest freezer. Guess what was on the bottom!!!!

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    1. Keeping it on ice were you? Glad you found it.

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  6. I lost the diamond out of my engagement ring while Richard was sick and I was caring for him. I am still hoping to find it. But hope is waning!!

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