Thursday, October 25, 2012

Losing It


                                                                      



                                                                 


Recently, my husband and I took the train downtown for an appointment. Afterward, we purchased our return tickets, and proceeded on a walk. When we passed the hotel where we were married over twenty-five years ago, my husband realized that he had lost one of the tickets. Apparently, when he took his cell phone out of his pocket to track our miles, the ticket had fallen out.

One moment we were blissfully reminiscing about our wedding day, and the next we were out in the blustery wind retracing our steps from the train station. The crowded sidewalks offered little hope of regaining the lost ticket, but my husband soldiered on. Just when I was ready to throw in the towel, we came to a little plaza off of the beaten path. Then he reached down, and picked up the missing ticket. Remarkably, it was in perfect condition; unsoiled by man or pigeon. The most amazing part is that my husband was able to spot the tiny slip of paper though he only has vision in one eye.

Throughout the years, I've misplaced keys, phones, and various things around the house. Unfortunately, when our kids are away I have no one else to blame. However, my mom wins the award for having lost the most unusual item.

Once I walked into my mom's apartment to find her frantically searching her refrigerator. When I asked what she was looking for she told me that somebody stole her half of hamburger. It was leftover from the night before and she was looking forward to having it for lunch. I told her that I doubted someone would deliberately steal her hamburger, and rummaged through her fridge. After I couldn't find it, I made her a half of turkey and cheese sandwich instead. Then I asked her if she could have accidentally left her doggie bag downstairs in the dining room, and she assured me that she would never have made that kind of mistake.

Later that night my mom called me with surprising news.  Miraculously, she found her beloved half of hamburger. It was inside a butter dish. We both checked the refrigerator, but I never would have thought that even a small hamburger would fit inside a butter dish. My mother was thrilled to find it, and now she could finally get a good night's rest. But I didn't want to take any chances so I suggested, "Maybe you should sleep with it under your bed in case the "Hamburglar" strikes again!"

40 comments:

  1. I can't tell you how may times I've made the cell phone into my bed or stuck it in the fridge.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  2. That was an odd place to put a hamburger.
    Glad your husband found the missing ticket.

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  3. My daughter's desk is a magical black hole. We needed her student ID for her driver's test. I searched the top of her desk and looked under everything - EVERYTHING - then we cleaned her entire room (no easy chore), looked at her desk, and it was just there.

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  4. I remember Mom making a frantic search for her purse and finding it in the fridge....do I do things like that...well of course not lol.

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  5. Well, duh. I always store my leftovers in a butter dish. First place I would have looked. :P

    LOL. I shouldn't laugh. More and more I'm doing these sorts of things. I did almost put the milk away in the cupboard the other day.

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  6. It must have been a teeny, tiny hamburger to fit into a butter dish. However, I know how good it feels to find something I misplaced.

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  7. don't feel bad--my daughter's fiancee just lost his car keys--my husband thought he had left his cell phone at work, just the other day, even calling them, only to find it in his car---and speaking of sandwiches---i had robyn save half of my sub sandwich one day or so i thought---seems like she must have thrown it out instead--glad you found the ticket :)

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    1. There must be something in the air! These are great stories, and it's always nice when they have happy endings. Sorry your sub sandwich didn't survive though! Julie

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  8. Shelly - I've also made my bed over my cell phone, and took forever to find it!

    Alex - We were so excited, you would think we won the lottery!

    Tonja - That does sound like a magical desk! This could make for a great story!

    Delores - That would work well for me, as I often keep chocolate in my purse, and wouldn't want it to melt!

    L.G. - Glad you caught it in time. Milk or eggs would be the worst.

    Arleen - Yes, my mom was risking her life for a few bites of a half of hamburger!

    Julie

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  9. I'm bad about leaving my phone in the console of the car. And I once put my keys in the fridge.

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  10. My husband lost his wedding band in Florida last weekend while visiting his mother. I am going to ask her to look in the frig now!

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  11. Aha and doesn't this article ring true. It reminds of the times I'm searching frantically for a pen and then discover it's in my hand. Speaking of a lost ticket, on my honeymoon, my wife, 'lost' our onward plane tickets from Los Angeles to Cancun. We searched and searched, went to the lost and found, all to no avail. Minutes before boarding, the tickets floated down to the ground. My wife, bless her, had used the tickets as a book marker!

    Right then, where am I? :) Very clever posting. Thank you, Julie.

    Gary

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  12. Carol - That could easily happen while you're putting groceries away. Glad you found them and thanks for the chuckle!

    Sara - Great idea Sara! I hope she finds it. I have a feeling that if you flew out there, you would find it in an instant! Thanks Sara, and good luck!

    Gary - What an amazing story! That was some extravagant book marker! Glad you were able to go on your honeymoon, but you must have been on pins and needles at the time. Thanks Gary!
    Julie

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  13. I lost my mind once. I never thought to look inside the butter dish.

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    1. Well now you know! Thanks for another classic comment Al!

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    2. I looked inside the butter dish. Sadly, all it contained was "I Can't Believe It's Not My Mind."

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    3. Ha ha! Keep 'em coming Al! Glad you made it home safely!

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  14. Julie, so glad your husband found the missing train ticket.

    The Hamburgler. : )

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  15. Hahaha. This reminds me of one time when I was on vacation with my parents and nephew and my mom lost her soap. We looked everywhere for it and finally she gave in and bought new. But then when we went to the beach we found the soap inside a 12 pack of Coke in the refrigerator. To this day, we can't imagine what kind of gremlin got into my mom's bag and hid her soap in the Coke carton.

    I can't believe your husband actually found that ticket! So glad he did. Have a great weekend, Julie! :)

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  16. Susanne - It was a lucky break! Thanks Susanne!

    Julie - Who would ever think that soap would be hidden in a coke carton?! Thanks for the funny story Julie, and have a great weekend too!

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  17. That's a cute story. Everything tastes better with butter, right? I hope she enjoyed her buttery burger.

    Your husband's got enough vision in his one good eye to make up for the lack of vision in the other.

    Be well, Julie.
    xoRobyn

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    1. If the hamburger was in the butter dish then the butter was probably in the meat section or the linen closet! Fortunately, his one good eye does the work of two especially when it comes to saving money! Thanks Robyn!

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  18. Hamburglar!! That gave me a good laugh! So did Al's comment... that guy is seriously witty, such an amazing sense of humour!

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    1. Do you remember the "Hamburglar" character from the McDonalds commercials? He immediately came to mind when my mom thought there was a hamburger thief lurking!

      I agree that Al is hysterical, and you should visit his blog at Penwasserplace.blogspot.com. Thanks Michelle!
      Julie

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    2. I'm gonna beat Michelle to it.

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    3. Great idea Al! I also love Michelle's blog, and I know she'll be thrilled to see you!

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  19. reminds me of when people are lookign for their glasses they put on their own head...we can be so absentminded. great blog! new follower, hi!!

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  20. Hi Julie .. what a fun post - your husband is amazing to keep going like that!! That hamburger is another story ...

    I dropped my keys in a boot one day on my way up to my flat years ago in London .. but could I find out what I'd done with them = a complete blank ... I eventually found them. Recently - I'd kept my spare keys up in my mother's room at the Nursing Centre .. brought them back here - but had no idea what I'd done with them ... but being the methodical person I am .. I'd put them in the key drawer, just they were still in their envelope wrapping! At least they're found now .. hamburgers or hamburglars will never be the same ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  21. Want to know the weirdest item that ever went missing at our household? A contact lens.

    We had a swimming pool at our old house. During a party, one of my mother's friends lost her hard contact lens in the pool. It seemed like that was the end of that, but it wasn't. My dad dived in and found it!

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  22. We used to lose all of our leftovers to, but it was to my brother, the human garbage disposal.

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  23. Tammy - You just have to hope that no one catches you when that happens! Although you won't have to worry about it for many, many years! Thanks for following me Tammy, and I hope to see more of you!

    Hilary - Keys are the worst, and it must have hurt when you tried on your boot! Having to keep track of all of your mom's items, in addition to your own would be confusing to anyone. Thanks Hilary!

    Juliann - Is your dad Jacques Costeau? What an amazing feat finding a contact lens in a swimming pool! Thanks Juliann!

    Libby - I have a brother like that too! Thanks for the laugh Libby!
    Julie

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  24. What luck that you found the train ticket - crazy! And the hamburger story made me laugh. Sounds like something I'd do.

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  25. It is amazing how things go astray. I loved the story.

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  26. What once was lost, has now been found--in a butter dish?

    Luck and the train ticket were meant to happen. Glad you found it.

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  27. Talli - You are way too organized for that to ever happen! Thanks Talli!

    Thanks Yvonne!

    Susan - It's funny how finding even the smallest things could make us so happy! Thanks Susan!

    Julie

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  28. I'm too neurotic to misplace things. I have this thing called OCD and I have to make a mental note every time I place something. I also always make sure I always put things back in their proper place, lest I do forget. I must say though that I can never find what's right in front of my face.

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    1. Well nobody's perfect! It's good that you have a system that works for you. Thanks Nancy!

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  29. Great story! Glad everything that was missing turned up. Things go missing in or house all the time. My husband is the king of lost keys, wallet, cell phone... he's cancelled his credit cards so many times only to have the wallet show up under the seat of his car...!

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    1. I'm so glad that you're safe and sound! I hope that Frankenstorm didn't cause flooding or other damage to your home. On a lighter note, funny story about your husband! Although I'm sorry he had to go through all that. Looking forward to the Halloweensie Contest! Thanks Susanna! Julie

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