Monday, September 23, 2013

How to Find a Lost Wallet

When you lose your wallet it's a serious problem but if you misplaced it in the home, you can find it again real easy with a lost key finder gadget. Here's how!

The first thing you need to know is that this simple method presupposes you already have a suitable electronic key locator device and that you already attached one of the small receivers to your wallet. What? You didn't already do that? Aw man!

Finding a Misplaced Wallet the Hard Way

All is not lost, at least only your wallet is and that's someplace inside the four walls of your home, right? So if something can be misplaced (as opposed to well and truly lost) it can be found again by a systematic search of each room.

Start with the most likely room it would have been left in first. Duh. You know where you usually put your wallet down when you come home, so start there and fan out. Check the usual suspects like down the back of the sofa or your favorite chair, under cushions on the sofa and chairs and then under the furniture.

I know if I lose stuff, one of the common places I find them again is under the sofa, like I dropped it and it rolled under there somehow. If you have a dog, check his basket cause dogs like to chew leather stuff (like wallets) like they're toys and they often stash their toys in their basket or someplace you probably know, like a box of dog toys.

Check through drawers in furniture in case it got put away by someone else by mistake. It can happen!

Find a Lost Wallet Easily

Well you can go searching for your missing wallet the hard way if you want. Or you can choose to find it the easy way. I think most folks will like the sound of this much better!

The easy way is of course to have your wallet "tagged" with one of the small, receiving units from your electronic key locator gadget. If you don't already own one, you might want to consider electing to buy a key locator device so that you can save yourself a whole heap of trouble down the line!

These great little devices generally come with four or more receiver units that can be operated from a single credit card sized "sender" meaning you can protect your keys from getting lost, TV remote and your wallet if you wish. The receivers are pretty small on modern units so one can easily be attached to your wallet so that if you ever misplace it around the house again, you can find it again in an instant at the press of a button!

Just listen for the audible "beep" and that will lead you straight to its location. That's pretty easy, right? Right!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Honey I Lost the Keys While On Vacation

Every now and then we get ourselves into a stupid situation that should be really easy to get ourselves out of, but things just happen to compound the situation so it ends up way bigger than it should have been when it started out. That's pretty much how it went one time when I managed to lose our keys while on vacation with the family. I'll tell you about it.

Last year we decided that we'd go down to Cancun in Mexico for a nice relaxing week-long vacation by the sea. Just relaxing on the beach, relaxing in our apartment and relaxing by the pool were the three main rules of the week. Sounds idyllic, doesn't it?

The Vacation

Well, everything was going fine until three days into the vacation when I decided to take the rental car for a drive around the place to, you know take in some sights that did not include a beach, some sea and not much else! Yeah, you guessed it, I already broke my own rules, cause sitting around relaxing all day can get awful boring!

Well we all got in the car and we set off in search of some adventure. Things were fine and we drove around for an hour or so, but soon the kids wanted to get back to the beach. So we started to head back but on the way found a cute little restaurant by the side of the road and could not pass up the chance to check it out and practice our Spanish in a real Mexican place away from the resort where everyone just spoke English to us.

The kids agreed with this decision, by the way. That was mainly because they needed the bathroom and were feeling hungry anyway. So in we went and had a great lunch and really enjoyed ourselves. Well it came time to pick up the check and leave, but when we got outside I realized I didn't have the keys to the car!

The Car Keys Had Disappeared!

Oh no! Like my serious key losing problem had followed me all the way to my vacation. I thought it was just an at-home-stress thing with me. Seems not!

No problem I thought. After all where could they have gone between the car and the table I sat at in the restaurant?

I went back inside and asked the waiter to check our table to see if I'd left the keys on there. He went and took a look, then came back and said there were no keys on there. The table had not been cleared even, so it wasn't as if someone had picked them up by mistake!

By this time my wife and kids had followed me inside, knowing only too well it seemed that retrieving keys was not ever going to be a simple affair for me. Me and the kids looked under the table and chairs, but no keys there!

Wife to the Rescue

My wife just stood there with a half smile on her face that said she knew something I didn't know. I stood up wondering what she was secretly hiding when she pulled the electronic key finder transmitter out of her handbag and pressed one of the buttons.

The reassuringly familiar audible beep sounded from the back of the small restaurant, coming from the bathroom. I went into the bathroom and to my surprise; there were the car keys on top of the wash basin exactly where I had put them down when I came in here to wash my hands!

You just know I had forgotten doing that!

It seems my wife had already anticipated the very real chance that I mislaid the car keys, so she had slipped a spare key finder receiver onto the key ring before we set out. That's just like her to think of something important that I certainly would not have!

We were able to enjoy the rest of our vacation without further incident, by the way!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Lost Keys Burial by Dog Incident

Not all dog owners lose their keys and not all lost keys are swiped by the family pet. In this eerie crime episode, the dastardly thief was the dog!

First of all, let's get one thing straight. I lose my keys pretty frequently for one reason or another. Most of the time, they're not really lost, just misplaced. But once in a while, there is a great mystery that shrouds the missing items such as this, when all the evidence pointed to the furry, four legged canine mastermind himself!

Where Are My Keys?

It's a mantra that my family are doubtlessly tired of hearing emanating from my vocal chords, "Where are my keys now?" It happens every time (and I do mean every time) I go to pick them up off the side where I know for a fact I left them the evening before and they are just not there!

This is usually followed by the frustrating treasure hunt around the room, looking beneath the sofa, chairs, coffee table and other furniture. If that initial search comes up empty, it's time to dive down the back of the sofa, chairs, under rugs and then into drawers, the bookshelf, top of the TV, top of the DVD player and on it goes.

You get the picture.

There is a Thief Among You

So one Saturday morning, I was due to go meet the guys for an early round of golf when the dastardly deed was done and a thorough investigation was soon underway. The usual searches came up empty.

Grilling the kids resulted in "I hate you" and "I'm running away from home" type comments, so I didn't push my luck. My wife was wearing a dead pan face and I knew I shouldn't press that avenue very far.

So, no keys in the room, unlikely they are anyplace else in the house and time was getting short before I had to meet the guys. I looked down at the dog for sympathy but I could have sworn he was grinning back at me.

Canine Caper

"Wait a minute. Did you just grin at me, you sneaky hound?" Shaking his head as if in denial of the fact, the dog got up from his spot on the floor and started toward the backdoor.

I dumbly followed, expecting some kind of enlightenment. Out into the back yard he padded, headed for the old tree at the end, cocked his leg and irrigated it as he liked to do. Then he headed for a bare patch of earth that looked suspiciously like it had recently been dug over. I got a little closer so I could get a better look.

Indeed. That patch of ground had been roughly dug at by clumsy paws and not a garden spade or fork. I got closer and then grabbed the small gardening trowel from the edge of the flowerbed along the way.

Elementary My Dear Watson

Whether it was the dog's guilty face or my own intuition working in overdrive, I just knew what I'd find in that patch. I dug down lightly with the trowel and there they were! Laying in a shallow grave, the evidence had been concealed by my devious mutt.

The mystery was solved and the stolen property was retrieved. Somewhat worse for wear thanks to its unceremonious impromptu burial, but my keys were found and I was glad to have them back.

Why had he done that? Not to drive me nuts, it seemed, but to hide from me the fact that he had chewed the leather key fob into a mushy mess and he didn't want me to see it!

Crazy, but true!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Parking Lot Lost Keys Incident

If you've ever gone shopping at a big out of town mall and parked your car in the huge parking lot and had to try and find it again later, you'll know how frustrating that can be. But what if you reached for your car keys and they weren't in your pocket, or wherever else your were expecting them to be?

Melt-down time! I can say this because it happened to me a few weeks ago and it sure wasn't pretty!

Where Are My Car Keys?

I took the family to the mall, the name of which I will withhold to protect the innocent, to spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon doing what no guy likes to do but does because he wants to make his wife happy. Right guys?

After all, who wants to sit in a stuffy house on a sofa watching a big game eating snacks and drinking beer with his buddies? (Insert sarcasm smilie icon here).

Anyhow, after a gruelling four hours wandering around store after store, we headed back to the car. But for some weird reason, I could not for the life of me remember where I'd parked it. Could not possible have had anything to do with the brain sapping mentally exhausting experience I had just been through, or course!

No problem, I thought. I'll just whip out the keyring and press the button and the car will beep, its lights will flash as it unlocks itself and I will see where it is!


I reached into my pocket and my hand met not that comforting ring of metal with its precious cargo attached, but with some loose change and a paper clip! Where the paper clip came from is anybody's guess.

Time to Panic

So I was just standing here with my mouth hanging open looking like that country bumpkin guy in the Simpsons fishing in my other pockets for keys that were not there or anywhere else about my person, for that matter. The feeling was one of creeping chilling coldness spreading from my feet right up to the top of my head.

Oh. My. Goodness!

The wave of panic that set in was truly awesome! I was rooted to the spot unable to utter a single word, quite red in the face and looking like I was about to keel over with a massive coronary.

My wife on the other hand was cool as a cucumber. She just reached into her purse where she kept all her important stuff, pulled out the little key finder gadget that she was looking after in case I lost it (now that couldn't possibly happen, right?), pressed the button and from somewhere inside one of the grocery bags she had just put down on the ground there was a sharp beeping sound.

Time to Relax

At first, I couldn't understand what was happening. My panic level was still rising and the proverbial mercury had risen so high it was about to burst out of the proverbial glass tube.

My wife just calmly bend down, reached into the bag, pulled out my car keys and with the sweetest smile, handed them to me, adding a knowing wink. I took them with my right hand, looked down at them like they were a precious diamond ring and as the realization set in I let out a whoosh of air and started breathing again.

Well what do you make of that?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I'm Always Misplacing My Keys!

If you're like me and always misplacing your keys, I have a solution that makes finding them again a breeze. An electronic key finder gadget beeps and hey presto, they're found!

So what was life like before I got this useful and potentially life saving gadget? I can tell you. It wasn't much fun, especially when I needed to go out in a hurry and those pesky keys were nowhere to be found!

Keys with a Mind of Their Own!

It was like that bunch of keys had a mind of their own and deliberately moved themselves so they could hide under cushions, down the back of the sofa (on a number of occasions), under the sofa and even in the dog's basket. Although the dog swears he never touched them!

On that key ring were my house key, car key, key to my office (I needed to lock it to keep nosey colleagues out of there) and key to the yard. Four keys that were each highly important for me to be able to function on a day to day basis.

The Mystery of the Vanishing Shiny Things

When I got home in the evening, I swear I always put them down on the side cabinet in my living room. Other members of my family say they never touch those keys, especially since they know they are always disappearing and how much it frustrates me.

Yet an hour or so after I get home and I need to get in the car to drive to the store for something, they keys have mysteriously vanished. Or if I stay indoors all evening, they don't move and are still where I left them as I go to bed. But in the morning just before I need to go to work, I go to grab them off the side and "Shazam!" they're gone!

Can you imagine the panic that sets in when a person needs to leave for their job and they can't leave without their keys? It means wasting valuable time searching for them which invariably leads to being late for work. Not good!

The Solution in a Beep

So I got given a cool remote key locator credit size transmitter with four buttons to operate four receivers that can be attached to things that mysteriously go missing, such as TV remotes, wallets and yes, you guessed it, keys! Yay! The end of lost keys!

The transformation of my frayed mental state was almost immediate.

Almost on cue, that first evening I needed to go to the store to get some beer and snacks to watch the game on TV, I reached for the keys on the side and they were gone. I almost got mad, but remembered the gadget, took it from my pocket, flipped the switch and a beep sounded out from underneath the sofa.

Got ya!

Panic averted, beer and snacks were purchased and safely transported home just in time for the big game. Life is good again!