“Ugh, I forgot my phone!”
Yep, that happened to me on Monday. I wasn’t very far into my morning commute, but I was on the highway, and the next exit would be a 20-minute round-trip to home and back. In addition to that, taking 20 minutes to get back to that point would mean an extra 10 minutes in traffic (which was already building). It really wasn’t worth it.
Needless to say, I was in the right-lane, approaching the exit with every intention of getting off when I grudgingly came to that conclusion.
A flurry of thoughts went through my head. “What if I dropped it and it’s sitting in the rain on the driveway?” “What if I miss a really important call?” “How will I know if people are liking today’s blog post?” “How will I read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s summary of the Steelers win over Baltimore without NewsSlide?” – Granted, none of those are up there with, “How will I destroy the missile if one is accidentally launched?” but not having my phone for an entire day hasn’t happened for a long time.
The Editor had discovered the phone, and was waiting for my return, ready to meet me in the driveway for a quick exchange. The coworker I walked in said she would have turned around, regardless of where she was in her commute. The coworkers I walk for coffee with were amazed that I had been in the office for an hour without having told our mutual boss that I’d be telecommuting due to an emergency at home.
However, as the title suggests, not all was lost.
If you’re thinking that this is where I will drift into how quiet and productive my day was, perish the thought. I have an iPad, so text messages and WordPress announcements were still available. In a pinch, I can run Skype for Business (our office phone system) and make a call from my iPad. The Post-Gazette has an iPad version of NewsSlide that is actually better than the iPhone version.
No, the benefit from charging ahead, sans iPhone appears in the gallery. I was able to see the sky grow from a little bit of red on the horizon, to a full-on burst of remarkable color that lasted for less than 2 minutes. If I had gone back for my phone, I never would have seen any of this this.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.