Some days, I am not sure exactly what to write about and then something happens that solves that problem. That is exactly what happened this evening.
I lost my iPhone.
was not happy. No one is happy when they lose their phone. Not having
it and not knowing exactly where it is simply reminds us how dependent
we are on these devices. My iPhone is also my business number. It is
my primary phone I use to keep in touch with friends and family. I text
using my phone. I manage four email accounts with the phone. I was
not happy at all.
knew the phone was in one of three locations. I first went to a
supermarket to buy a fruit plate for a networking event I was planning
to attend. The networking event itself was at a driving range and
miniature golf course that oddly had no windmill. After the fun
networking event, I went Kohl's as they were having a big sale. I knew the phone was at one of these three locations.
suspected the phone was somewhere Kohl's for two reasons, First, I was fairly
certain I had my phone before going into the store. But then, I just
turned 60 and this had all the ear markings of those senior moments I
have heard so much about, so I had some doubts. Secondly, it was a cool evening and I was
wearing a windbreaker. My phone was in the pocket of the jacket. I had
taken the jacket off in Kohl's and drapped it over a number of racks,
as I tried on some blazers and sport coats. The phone may have fallen
out of the pocket.
I left Kohl's, I realized that I did not have my phone. First, I
looked in the car thinking I might have left it there. No luck. I went
back into Kohl's and looked on the floor around the racks I had draped
my jacket. No luck. I looked twice because, for me, things sometimes magically reappear
on a second look. Again, no luck. The nice ladies in the store helped
me look. One of them suggested that I call it. This would not work as
my phone was on silent. Dang.
was 9 pm, so I decided to go home after leaving them my contact
information if they should find the phone. I would deal with it in the
morning. But, I was not happy and I was stewing.
it struck me, there is an app just for this. I remember activating it
when I bought my iPad and registering both the phone and pad. Cool. I
had never had a chance to use it. So, I went to the "Find iPhone" app
and logged in. It searched for awhile and showed a blinking green dot
on the map where my phone was. The map wasn't definitive but it was at
called the store to see if they had any news. They did not, but I
learned they were open to 11 this week. So, I decided to return to the
store and search more diligently. On the way to the store, I figured
the app had to have some way to lead me to it.
at the store, I looked at the app again and saw I could locate any
device I had registered. In my case, I had registered both my phone and
my pad. I activated both and saw I was close. The app only got me
close. Basically, within 50 yards or so. I selected iPhone again and a window popped up that offered three
options: play sound, lost mode, and erase iPhone. Hmmm... Play sound.
I wondered if that would work for a phone that was on silent? I hit
the button and waited with the option was activated. I heard a faint
beeping. I walked in the direction of the sound. I was close. Voila!
There was my phone not on the floor but on the rack of dark sport
coats. It was sitting on the shoulder of the sport coats. My theory
was partially correct. The phone fell out of the pocket of my jacket,
it just never fell to the floor where I had focused my earlier search.
felt much better. I still felt silly for losing the phone, but I felt
it was less of a senior moment given the higher tech way I found it.
They really are smart phones!