"Find your phone" feature really works

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    Jul 04, 2014 8:54 PM GMT
    We were with friends today, sharing a large dessert "trifle" my husband made (in holiday red, white & blue you could see through the glass bowl), when suddenly he realized his iPhone was missing. He was convinced he left it at home, where we had just been to get the dessert from the frig.

    I said OK, stay here and I'll drive back home. But the phone wasn't there. I phoned the only other place we'd been, a café for lunch earlier, and they said it wasn't there, either.

    Finally I used the "Find my iPhone" app, which actually locates all 7 of our Apple devices, even the desktop iMacs. It said his cell was indeed at that café, so I phoned them back. Nope, they still didn't see it. I sent a stolen phone command to freeze it, but not erase it yet, and drove over there.

    I went to our table, unoccupied, and there was his iPhone in plain view, propped upright against the condiment caddy. I showed it to our server I'd spoken to on the phone (laughingly, we know him by name, nice guy), and he was shocked. I demonstrated to him where it had been, and he swore he had failed to see it there. Nor had anyone heard it ringing when I phoned it, because of moderately loud music.

    When I rejoined my husband he said: "Oh, yeah, I did put it against that caddy when our food came." icon_rolleyes.gif

    Moral: acquire and activate one of the several finders available for smartphones. They really can work. You guys have any similar stories?
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    Jul 04, 2014 11:25 PM GMT
    We finally got back home, on my office iMac now. Was on the iPad when I started this thread.

    And in the car riding home he said he now clearly remembers putting his iPhone against the condiment caddy, and thinking to himself: "Don't forget to take it when we leave."

    Well, he did forget. And instead, generated an alternative memory of leaving it at home. Sending me off on a wild goose chase.

    OK, I've learned my lesson. I already always ask him if he has his cell as he leaves the house, along with his wallet, glasses, keys, etc. Now I know I've gotta do the same thing when we leave places like a restaurant or bar. As I did just now, before we got in the car to come back home. And always keep his "Find iPhone" feature ON.

    Ah well, backstopping your partner is part of the territory. It's what makes 2 guys living together smarter and more capable than a single guy living alone, especially at our ages. Because he does a lot to prevent & correct my own mistakes, too.
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    Jul 05, 2014 2:04 AM GMT
    think of the so many "where are you" texts you send.
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    Jul 05, 2014 2:25 AM GMT
    "propped upright against the condiment caddy"

    At least you didn't run over it with the 'caddy' icon_eek.gif

    And it's not just age. First little event I went to with my S.O. was the really POS Columbus auto show (what a waste of a parking fee that was).

    Sure enough, after we get home I ask him where his bulge in his pocket is and nope, not there. Look under the seat ... nope. Back seat ....nope. So all the way back down to Columbus convention center to revisit the auto show. Lost and found ..... nope ... nothing.

    So we retrace our steps to every car that we looked at and he sat in. I thought it might be more efficient to go back through the show backwards and it was more likely that he lost his phone near the end of the show. You can guess outcome here ..... yep, it turned out to be the very FIRST car he sat in where we found the phone, down between the seat and console.
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    Jul 05, 2014 3:03 AM GMT
    icon_redface.gif Last week, I walked all the way back to the restaurant where I must have left my phone, before I discovered that I'd just put it into the wrong pocket of my cargo shorts. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif
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    Jul 05, 2014 3:20 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidicon_redface.gif Last week, I walked all the way back to the restaurant where I must have left my phone, before I discovered that I'd just put it into the wrong pocket of my cargo shorts. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif

    Mu husband also does that all the time. He's screaming "I've lost my keys!" or "My wallet's gone!" or some other thing.

    No it's not. You didn't check all your cargo pockets completely (our standard uniform here in South Florida). Or I find it around the house.

    We already have a running joke that I always find all the stuff he thinks he's lost. And I actually do find them. Maybe it's my lingering Military Police investigative skills, I dunno, but I'm really very good at finding lost things. One of my few everyday practical talents.
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    Jul 05, 2014 3:29 AM GMT
    I lose sunglasses, but find pocket knives. One of my best friends finds sunglasses but loses pocket knives. So it all works out.
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    Jul 05, 2014 3:35 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree said"propped upright against the condiment caddy"

    At least you didn't run over it with the 'caddy' icon_eek.gif

    More like with his little Ford. But I did check for his phone in the handicapped parking space where we had been, as I arrived.

    (The very same infamous space that SB skewered me for having chased off a lesbian poacher trying to take it. You will remember that ruckus here)

    But having the confirmation of the "Find my iPhone" app I knew where it was, within about a 30-meter radius. And indeed, there it was. Isn't technology wonderful? I'm glad I'm not too old to understand at least a little of it.
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    Jul 05, 2014 3:39 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidI lose sunglasses, but find pocket knives. One of my best friends finds sunglasses but loses pocket knives. So it all works out.

    I'll tell you what I lose constantly: pocket combs. So I buy them cheap by the half dozen, knowing I'll need to replace them in a few months.

    It's not like I would leave them somewhere. They're either in my pocket, or I'm using them, then back in my pocket. But they disappear just the same. It makes you want to believe in gremlins, or some other unnatural forces.

    I can't say I ever come across anything, including pocket knives, other than the things I'm looking for.