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I'm A Loser

I'm A Loser

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On the back of my front door, there is a post-it with a list of items like wallet, keys, cell phone, lunch (I know, it's hard to imagine walking out of the house without your keys, but I've done it — usually the click of the self-locking door reminds me). I'm prone to misplacing things. This is partly due to a lack of housekeeping skills (things get buried purty easily), but it's also do to good old-fashioned absent-mindedness. I often walk away from the bar carrying the drink I ordered — but not the wallet — and once lost my phone on the National Mall (I just left it sitting under the tree I had been leaning against.) I do, however, have a better than average rate of return on all these lost items. The cell phone was recovered and returned to the Smithsonian Castle (an adventure in and of itself), and of the myriad of wallets I've dropped and/or waltzed away from, I've would say I've gotten about 50% back. I've always maintained that my general amiability is due to how many times a day I experience the euphoria of finding a lost thing — there's nothing like that rush of relief. (But it probably also contributes to my general anixety, too.) How about you? What items have slipped from your fingers, only to reappear again?