What to do when a lifeline - the mobile phone - is missing

DON'T you hate it when you lose something and for the life of you, there's no way you can find it? I can hear you agree with me because it's all happened to us at least once this year.

On Sunday while I was in at work (yes Sunday, I was doing my show and soaking up the air-conditioning), I was confronted by our Jack of all trades Bob asking if I'd seen his mobile phone.

He'd lost it 'somewhere between waking up yesterday, the toilet and now' … he had no idea where it was.

We looked around the office, under the tables, in the bins, behind the microphone and many more spots but alas couldn't find the little black piece of plastic with numbers on the front. 

To say he was devastated would be an understatement.

He was gutted because it was his lifeline to the outside world, and for those few hours it felt like his world was about to come to the end - much like my NRL Roosters in round three.

I can report that early Monday morning he called us and let us know he had found his best friend hiding in the laundry basket and all was well.

Can I even stretch the imagination and say it's the same as losing the remote control to the TV while Home and Away is just about to start?

"Great to hear," we all sighed, and went back to work.

I'm sure you'll agree that losing something like a mobile phone is and can be life changing and at times quite sad.

I put it in the same basket as losing your child while shopping or playing the pokies.

Even the same as losing your wallet with all your cards in it just before you head to the checkout with a trolley load. 

Can I even stretch the imagination and say it's the same as losing the remote control to the TV while Home and Away is just about to start?

Perhaps you've done these things and perhaps they've all worked out for the better, but what if they didn't?

What if you lost your mobile phone, wallet, key card, driver's licence and virginity in the same week? That's one blow that not many people can come back from.

I hope it hasn't happened to you or anyone you know - even school  teachers who are so happy with me at the moment.

It's like you've lost an arm, because you just can't operate normally without them.

My advice?  Go get a new card, a new phone and all the other things you've misplaced, because as soon as you get them, the old ones will always re-surface. 

I'm waiting for it to happen to my next door neighbour. She just doesn't it know it yet. The things I do for a laugh.



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