What is Lost -Is Now Found

There are people in this world who pay it forward; they are unselfish and do something for another person – just because.

My life was in a little bit of a tizzy Friday when I lost my cell phone. I don’t know how, but I left it on the PATCO train coming home from Philadelphia into South Jersey. My mind was bogged down with some serious details I have to sort through and I suppose I had the phone in my hand and put it down as I was getting up to get off the train.

For hours, I dialed the lost phone; eventually, the call went right to voice mail indicating the phone was off or worse – trash. I then proceeded to change my passwords on multiple emails and other accounts. I suspended service on the lost samsungphonephone and activated a ‘dumb’ phone on my account while I searched for and ordered a new device. I mentioned to my family Friday night that I had a feeling that the conductor on the train (I had been sitting a few rows back from the conductor) might have turned in the phone at the end of his shift.

PATCO lost and found was not supposed to be open today according to the person I talked to Friday. This morning, my husband and I were at the gym at the same time. I never take my phone into the gym. He came over to me and told me what I had hoped: the phone was found and was at lost and found.

A woman never showered so quickly and dressed for the day. I drove the five miles to Lindenwold and a lovely PATCO employee returned my phone. The only thing gone was the purple protective case. For $7, I have another on order. I’ll never know who found my phone and turned it in, but I’d like to send good karma his or her way – and hope that something nice happens to him or her soon.

Now I have to go through the ordeal of returning the new phone I had ordered. that will be fun. As for my found phone – anyone have an idea for making sure I don’t lose it again?


A classical vacation..almost interruptus

A visit to Tanglewood

A visit to Tanglewood

Do you remember that commercial where a group of friends around a lake, presumably on vacation, throw their cell phones in the lake? THAT’s what I need to do over the next week: silence my phone and NOT take it with me when I’m out supposedly ON VACATION.

This final prelude leading to a week in New Hampshire included seeing off some family going ahead of us to their vacation rentals in NH, a bit more laundry and a walk in Great Barrington with my husband.

Tonight, Doug, Adam and I had dinner at Tanglewood with my mother-in-law and her concert friends. The site there is gorgeous and serene in the hills of Lenox, MA. Mostly adults, but some families and 30 somethings choose their patch of grass or a favorite tree to have a picnic supper in the twilight before tonight’s concert led by conductor Andre Previn and the Boston Symphony

Grounds of Tanglewood

Grounds of Tanglewood

¬†Orchestra. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performed Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2 in A which was preceded by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat.¬† In reality, Adam didn’t find enough around the grounds to interest him, so we took him home after dinner and a walk around the grounds. While the three of us were on that stroll, my cell phone rang. We have caller ID for a reason. And I reacted, rather than realize WHO was calling; WHEN they were calling and that I probably couldn’t do much about what would be on their mind. Ten minutes later, I had to handle this situation; make an executive decision and execute it. Fortunately, it did not ruin my evening. Live and learn.

Now, after the serene and classical evening, the temperature has cooled down; windows are open, there’s a book to read. Despite the work-related drama a few people tried to create earlier today, the world will turn, no lives will be lost and life will go on. So will this vacation. Cheers!