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Too Many Spoons.
Four day workweeks are always a bear, since the usual quantity of work tends to fill the remaining available space.  Today, I had two appointments in Buffalo (one postponed from last week) and then a court appearance and appointment in Rochester.  An ambitious schedule on its own, but made even harder because of additional circumstances:

- As of this morning, I realized my phone had gone missing. Again. This time, I could not fall back on the Find app, since it never got completely recharged after it spent the previous night out (albeit safely) and thus was too dead to trace by the time I realized it was missing. I was a few minutes late for the first appointment- which turned out okay, since the guy canceled. But at least he left a message. On the missing phone.  That gave me time to try to find it in the usual places- home, car crevices, the gym where I last remember having it.  One, two, three strikes and it was still out.  I was on time for Appointment The Second, but the client wasn't- and by the time we did meet and finish, I had just enough time for One Last Look round each of the likely places (including a stop to re-forward my office phone to where I was heading), a run to my soon-to-be-old office for mail and a quick grab of leftover lunch pizza, and ultimately nothing else- in time to make the 60 minute drive to downtown Rochester in....

- about 75 minutes. That's because the Thruway Moguls shut down a lane, which in turn shut down my speed to about 10 mph for a bit under three miles.  I was frustrated beyond belief- bound to be late, with no way to advise anyone on the other end of my plight.

All of a sudden, though, things improved: I made excellent time the rest of the way, got to the court hearing at about the perfect time (there was one other case ahead of us that was just finishing), and made it to my final appointment almost exactly on schedule.  And with my phone: I went around to the front passenger door to retrieve stuff for the hearing, giving me just the right angle and sunlight to see the damn thing in a crevice below the right front seat that had escaped me at least seven times previous.  It quickly got charged, I missed very few calls as a result, and I felt far more blessed about life than I had between roughly 8 this morning and 2:15 this afternoon.


It was still a tiring day, overall, and I didn't accomplish much beyond the four commitments themselves- so I'm at the kids' apartment tonight, from which I will return to Rochester early tomorrow and then home once I get some other things done there.  While here, we watched the Jupiter Ascending film that Eleanor brought home last night- heavily MSTized, but much enjoyed.

I've mentioned before that Eleanor and I both get scatterbrained when we're overloaded.Her classic case was losing bus passes way back in the day; for me lately, it seems to get taken out mainly on my mobile. It's an easy enough sucker to lose- an all-black iPhone 4 in an all-black case: I was about ready to surrender and head to the Oracle of Jobs tonight and replace it with a 5- I've even had a better case for the larger (and already twice-over-obsolete 5 version) since my first August trip to the Citi-

- but I can now take my time, and weigh my options for the phone to go inside that.  I will likely keep the 4 version as the on-the-side home of our current landline number, and/or port my office fax number to it.  Before I do that, my main office number has to be ported to the new place, and Verizon is being painfully slow about authorizing that transfer.  So more spoons lie ahead- hopefully with enough relaxation of my brain cells to be able to handle, if not juggle, all of them.
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yesididit2 From: yesididit2 Date: September 11th, 2015 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
dont the smartphones come with gps now? like so you could track it on your computer or something? or am i reading too many mystery novels...
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: September 11th, 2015 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's how the FindMyPhone works- by using the GPS function on the missing device. But if the phone's battery is dead, the GPS doesn't transmit. I futilely hoped their system would remember the last cell tower location or something, but no; it's gotta be on (or at least the battery alive enough) to send anything.
yesididit2 From: yesididit2 Date: September 12th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)

the find my phone thing i use just calls my phone number. because all the times i lose my cell phone its been around my house. down the side of the couch, under the bed, out in the garage, you name it. http://www.wheresmycellphone.com/ but yeah, only works if your phone has a charge. and my new, free, smartphone, omg the charge lasts like 2 days at most! its pathetic. my old flip phone held a charge for 4-5 days! i dont use data, and i barely receive phone calls. i dont understand how this phones battery can be so piss poor. but maybe thats why they were giving them away free.
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