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the story of an invisible girl
Lost Things Found
Sometime last week I lost my work ID badge/swipe card. I can't get into my office suite without it; all the doors are locked. At my old job, I could almost always knock and be let in, or go through the reception entrance and be buzzed in. It was embarrassing, but at least it got me by when I forgot or misplaced my card.

At this new office, I don't know many people. Also, nobody sits near enough to respond to knocking anyway. There are enough entrances that people rarely just happen to walk through the door at the same time as you're standing there wishing somebody would. It was so awkward! That morning, a friday morning, I called my boss's cell phone to ask her to let me in, because I didn't know what else to do. (Of course, seconds before she got to the door to let me in somebody else came through and let me in. Had I but known that, I could have waited! But I'd already waited several minutes in the vain hope that somebody would come by.)

I spent all weekend trying to find it and fretting over it. I emailed people, called people, looked everywhere. I'm so shy, and I didn't want to be the irresponsible new person needing her badge replaced already. But it's so awkward not having one! I kept hoping I'd find it, but no luck. The next work day, monday, I went through the same painful struggle in the morning, hoping somebody would show up before I gave in and called my boss yet again. Fortunately after several uncomfortable minutes hovering by the door, a coworker appeared and let me in. I hadn't brought my lunch that day, but I didn't want to leave for fear of going through the same trial again after lunch, so I stayed in the office anyway.

I was so hungry by the time the day ended -- not to mention annoyed with myself. I swore I would give in the next day, fess up my loss and be embarrassed, have my boss request a new badge from the building services people, and pay the fee to get my badge replaced.

Upon arriving home I parked my car in my garage, grabbed my laptop bag, and started to leave the garage. The bag swung out a bit, knocking over a snow shovel leaning near the door. The shovel smacked me in the face and fortuitously fell over. I bent to pick up the shovel, and there in the shadows just under the garage door button was my badge!

To explain, my garage door has obstructions sensors at the bottom -- if it detects anything in the way, it won't close. A good feature, except that in order to close it, I have to physically exit the garage then lean back in to push the close button. It's a bit of a pain, especially when I'm carrying stuff -- for example, my laptop bag which I must carry to and from work every day. I lean in, and the bag's weight pulls me off balance. Either that or I have to set it down on the wet snowy ground. Apparently thursday night I had been going through these garage-closing gymnastics and knocked the badge onto the floor (it would have been clipped to either my pocket or the laptop bag itself). It's a shadowy area and there are several items clustered in that area, so without the shovel falling over there is no telling how long it would have taken me to see it. Strange how luck works sometimes.

Last week I also lost/misplaced my Weight Watchers pocket guide. I'm supposed to bring it to meetings to track my weight and how many weeks I've paid for up front. I kept thinking it'd be in one of my many computer or travel bags, but I couldn't find it anywhere. I was less embarrassed and awkward, but it was still annoying. The last two meetings I was gently scolded for not having it. Tuesday night when I came home, I looked around that area of the garage quite thoroughly. Just in case! No guide though.

Last night I decided my luck had worked hard enough in retrieving my badge, so I gave up and requested a new guide. Turns out the first time it's free, and I won't have to pay unless I lose this one too. Hooray, luck returns! Hopefully by the time I lose this one, I'll have found the previous one. Or something. At any rate, I'm much happier now that I don't have any missing items plaguing my mind. I hate losing things (well, except for weight, haha). Hopefully I'm done for awhile!
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djinnthespazz From: djinnthespazz Date: March 6th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
If you misplace your badge again, bite the bullet and fess up. That kind person letting you in to a secured area can get fired.

Sad, but true.
anderale From: anderale Date: March 6th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Your poor shovel knocked face! You're so funny though - it's almost as if you plan to lose things. I have no room to criticize since I have not been able to find objects directly in front of me.
nishar From: nishar Date: March 6th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you need a gps chip in your stuff so you can find lost stuff. :P
From: writerwench Date: March 6th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, so you have a Poltergeist of Small But Vital Things as well. They are TEDIOUS creatures - hiding important things until you're in a real stew, have searched several times throughout, and then you turn around and there the item is... in plain sight... and you catch the echo of a ghostly giggle.

There's been one at Oldhome for all the time I've lived there. Seriously, keys will go missing from the hall table, and turn up a week later at the bottom of a long-unused bag, belonging to someone else!
mbumby From: mbumby Date: March 6th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
So glad you found your badge. Sorry it took a shovel-in-the-face.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 12th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes it takes a shovel in the face for me to notice something! :D
susmadel From: susmadel Date: March 10th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
You should be able to leave your WW card at the location so you won't lose it. I would ask if they will let you. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 12th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
They have two cards - one that's their record, one that's mine and is part of a little "kit" that has a points booklet, slider, and record of weights/payments. It's rather archaic...everything on paper like that! The idea is that if i want to attend another meeting I can, bringing my card with me. I don't know why they don't just use computers.

When my current bundle runs out in May I might switch to online, although I like the accountability of going to meetings.
susmadel From: susmadel Date: March 12th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah you should be able to do the online tracking and use that to go to the meetings. I thought you could at least. Who knows. I could be wrong :)
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