Saturday, May 28, 2016

Oops...

I arrived a tad early to work on Wednesday morning to find an absence of parking spaces. I did the best I could and parked in the yellow lines that mark the triangular edge of the smaller lot. Some days we park wherever the car will fit. Since I had ten minutes I took a few to call my sister. I also took a minute to pull out my camera and snap a photo of the crying reptilian tree staring at me through the passenger window. (Enlarge him if you can. He's really quite amusing.)

I finally gathered my things together and headed inside for the afternoon. I found my friend listening to the music therapist play the piano, helped her with her lunch, and stayed in her room while she took her nap. Wednesday is my short day. My relief came at 4:30 pm. We chatted a little, I gathered up my things, signed out, and headed for the door.

Out of habit, while on my way down the sidewalk toward my vehicle, I reached into my pocket for the car key. It wasn't there. I checked my other pocket. Not there either. I hadn't worn a coat or sweater and never put my key into my backpack. Several scenarios raced through my mind. Did I leave the key in the van? If so, did I lock the doors like every other day? If so, who would I call? We don't have roadside assistance anymore. I decided it was a good thing it was early and I have a cell phone.

When I reached the parking lot and looked into my van, I could see the ring from my key dangling from the ignition. "Oh, great," I thought, "I'm going to be locked out." I pulled the door handle and found, to my utter amazement, that not only had I been absent minded enough to leave the key, but I'd forgotten to lock the doors as well. And my van was still there. (Thank you, Lord.)

So, my dear Wanda, you are not losing it alone. I'm right there with ya!

14 comments:

  1. You are the second person this week that I know of that did that. Another friend of mine who lives in Colorado Springs, couldn't find her car keys when she got out of work either. She finally went and looked in her car, and there they were! They were in the ignition AND her car was running... for 9+ hours while she was in work. Nope, you are not alone in your craziness. I hve a feeling there are a bunch of ladies around the same age range that are feeling and maybe acting a little crazy. Lol! <3

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    1. "We're tiny, we're tooney, we're all a little looney..."
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  2. Here is a copy of her facebook post from the other day, WEdnesday May 25th, same day as you!

    "For your entertainment, I present myself.....oh yes.... My stress level will be obvious to you!!! Today, when leaving work I could not find my car keys anywhere. Honestly this has never happened before! I walked back to my desk to look. Then, back to the car where...voila, the door was unlocked and my keys were in the ignition!!!! And the car was running!!!! Yes, you got it- I left my car running for 9+hours at work!!!! Security never noticed.....as far as I know....no one noticed."

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    1. Your friend and I need to meet.
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  3. I have more panic over the stupid car keys than anything. I need the keys to lock the door so I always know I had them then........my vehicle makes a beeping noise if the keys are in the ignition when I open the door so I'm safe there. I have had to totally empty my purse on the hood of the car!! Embarrassing when ones purse us full of junk :-( Oh well...............it happens to us all :-)

    Marilyn from Canada

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    1. My car also makes a beeping noise when I leave the keys in the ignition... Must have been totally concentrating on that conversation with my sister. ha ha!

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    2. That was really Martha, not Josiah responding.

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  4. I do this on a regular basis.

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  5. HaHa..Martha...So glad you joined my club..."losing it". I have a story to tell, to but it's late and I'm tired, but it involves locking my keys in my car while it was running but that's another story...there's more! HaHa

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    1. Well, now my wallet is missing...
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    2. Oh, pooh! I need to stop commenting as Josiah.

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  6. I’ve done this so many times that I stopped counting. I keep telling myself to pay closer attention, but I get distracted and see those keys in the ignition more often than not. What I did was invest a few bucks in a hide-a-key and placed it under the driver door on the chassis where I can get it quickly.

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