O/T Am I better at this than most people?

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Roger King
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O/T Am I better at this than most people?

Losing things, that is.

About an hour ago, I unlocked my back door with its key and walked the five yards to my garage door. By the time I got there the key, which was on the same ring as the one for the back door, was missing. I looked everywhere - my pockets, back in the kitchen in case I'd put it down, in the garden in case I'd dropped it - you name it, I looked.

Eventually I was faced with the task of emptying the non-recycling dustbin because I had dropped a couple of items in there on the way to the garage. A lovely job, but with no reward key-wise; so after about fifteen minutes getting disgustingly covered in sticky and smelly stuff I was no further forward.

Finally, I had one more check in my pockets, and realised that my wallet in my back pocket felt a bit odd. Yes I had dropped the keys into my back pocket and they had slid straight inside my wallet. I have no idea how because they're reasonably bulky and it was difficult enough to push them in, never mind have them just fall in.

And this reminded me of an incident a few years ago when I lost my wallet and had to cancel all my credit cards, etc. It was missing for several weeks until I finally decided to wear a new pair of trousers I had bought earlier. It seems that I had bought the trousers and dropped my wallet into the (free in those days) plastic bag from the shop. It had fallen straight into one of the trouser pockets and remained hidden there even when I hung the trousers up. I know for certain that I didn't put the wallet into the trousers because I simply tried them on in the shop and then went to pay for them. 

It makes me wonder just how much stuff we do on a subconscious level and are never really aware of, let alone remember doing.

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I'm pretty good it it too!

And anything dropped in the garage instantly vapourises.

Worst case for me was fitting a nut onto the top stud that holds the aluminium inlet manifold on a K Series. Access is pretty tight and my fingers are a bit clumsy. Nut slipped, didn't hear it fall anywhere, it just ceased to exist! Searched all the nooks and crannies, tucked into the wiring loom etc. Poked around with a magnet. In the end gave up and put the engine back together, then started having nightmares that it might have gone between the manifold and the head and was now sitting on an inlet valve just waiting for me to try to start the engine. Ended up with endoscope cameras down the runners but still couldn't find it.

Engine has since dine a few thousand miles - if it was in there I'd have known a long time ago.

I think I know why I didn't hear it hit the floor. I think the little goblins that pop out and nick anything I drop were ready for this one and caught it!

But if I had a pound very every time I've put a tool down and not been able to find it I'd be a rich man.

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Thank you for posting. It's not just me then! 

 I had to put one of those key finder devices on my most important sets of keys. And my wallet. And my passport.

You hit the nail on the head with the subconscious idea. I found the key to my petrol cap inside a tea strainer in my mother's cutlery drawer, of course AFTER sourcing a replacement. 

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Roger

I can loose or forget things really easily.  I meant to bring some gooseberries and some marmalade with me today - but forgot to do so.

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So, I'm not the only one.

Mind you, against all logical process, I'm now feeling that today is going to be a weird day. The cat has just jumped up onto the table, missed his footing, grabbed at the empty washing basket that was on the table and then fallen off, bringing the washing basket with him. It landed upside down right on top of him so accurately that he wasn't touched. The basket then slowly walked off with cat inside. He has a very calm nature and this didn't even faze him.

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Don't tell me... you never put your keys in your back pocket, right?  But somehow they find their way in there and then hide themselves in your wallet  Yeah, that sort of thing happens to me all the time despite increasing the rigour with which I put things back straight away in the right place.  For example I have a pair of glasses for upstairs and a pair for downstairs and I will go back downstairs immediately if I realise I've gone upstairs with the downstairs pair.  I still lose them Banghead

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Makes me now feel happy and normal   Now.  I’m not the only dick head in the club 

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I'm feeling reassured as well .....

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Join the club !
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The item will always be in the last place you look. 

 

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I hid my sons laptop as a punishment 7 months ago. 

Still looking.