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Friday, July 10, 2009

In the Era of the Cell Phone

I left my keys at work today and I didn't realize it until I was looking in my bag for my wallet and keys about to get off the bus some 30 minutes after I left a locked office for the weekend. Within the next 40 minutes, however, I was at home, my keys were on their way home to me, and I didn't even have to walk home.

After I got off the bus, I called my wife some 10-15 times until I got a hold of her to inquire as to where she was. As she'd not yet left Denver, she was pretty much out for getting a ride home. I then called our friend Ashley who happened to have driven to work that day. After a quick explanation of my situation, she said she could swing by and pick me up on her own way home. I spoke with my wife again who offered to stop by the office and pick up my keys. The problem was that I needed someone in the office to let her in as it was locked and most everyone had already gone home. I wound up getting a hold of Randy, one of our sys admins and all around office god. He brought my keys down to my wife and the crisis was averted.

Now, take out the cell phone and what would have happened? Better yet, what if I weren't married or lived alone? I'd have had to go back to the office to get my keys.


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