No, not the new MacBook (that’s just fine) but the more important internal hard drive called my brain. Over the weekend I lost my keys. We tore the house up trying to find them (they had to be here–my car was here after all and I keep my house keys separately) but they didn’t reappear until I moved my rolling bookbag. Okay, a cat probably nudged them under the bag, but still, I lost the keys.
This week I’ve been driving to school rather than taking the bus because my schedule this last week of class is wonky and there is no reason to get a bus pass that will only be used for half the month…and gas is much cheaper now. Car keys are kind of important all of a sudden. Where I hadn’t moved the car for weeks at a time, suddenly I’m using it again.
You see where this is going, don’t you?
I had to be at school extra early to take a practice Property exam. It was optional, but I wanted to get the feel for typing an exam–to see if I liked it–so I went. I had to be there at 7:40am and I got there just fine, even if I didn’t manage to get a closer parking spot. As usual, I had to park about a half mile, uphill, from school. That means an easy walk to class, and a harder one to the car. I was on campus until 2:30, when CivPro was done. I was in a good mood and got my keys out, hooked them in my pocket the way I always do, stuck the iPhone earphones in, and started out. I realized that I had forgotten my sunglasses in my bag, so I stopped and got them out, then headed on, walking to my car, up the long hill, jamming to some tunes.
When I had my car in sight, less than a block away, I noticed that some cars were being towed. It was hard to tell if it was a city parking thing or two repos or what, but I reached for my keys eager to get to my car, just in case I had missed a parking sign.
And there were no keys to be grabbed.
Frantic, I looked around and tried to remember when I had last felt them in that pocket, but wasn’t sure. I would have heard them fall, but I had my music unusually loud for me. I never listen that loudly, but like I said, I was in a good mood and cranked it up. Crap! I started to backtrack, looking for the keys as I went, and thought about what my backup plan would be. Unfortunately, I remembered that Christopher was going to be heading out, if he hadn’t already, to judge some student work at the New School of Architecture. If he had left, then he’d have to either come get me or I’d have to go to that school (also downtown) and get a ride home to get my backup keys, etc. Crap crap crap!
I practically ran back down the hill, asking everyone I passed if they had seen some keys. No luck. I got to school and, as a last effort before calling Christopher, went to the security desk. Just as I was headed there, the guy on duty was walking out for some reason. I asked, “Has anyone by any chance turned in some keys?” and he looked at me with a half-smile and said, “Yes.”
“Do they have a white box-cutter on them?”
“Yes they do. Let me get them for you.” He said with a full smile.
I can’t believe my luck. I asked if he knew who had turned them in and he said that he had. They were just outside the door of the building. He said it happened a lot around exams. One girl the other day left her keys in the ignition of her scooter! So, I thanked him profusely, wished I had some cash or something to thank him with, interlaced the keys through my fingers, and headed back out, up the hill, with the tunes in my ears again, hoping my car hadn’t been towed.
It hadn’t. Whew. (I had parked legally, btw)
But I’m convinced my hard drive is too full to process some simple things these days. I swear I have to check to make sure I have zipped my pants after trips to the loo and I have poured cups of coffee in our kitchen and left them on the counter…just forgot about them. I hear it’s because of law school and the impending exams. I sure hope so.
In the meantime, I think I need to start wearing my car keys on the same chain as my house keys…at least until the exams are done and I have more processing space/speed.