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Feb 19, 2020 - 3:41:35 PM

mander

USA

4214 posts since 10/7/2007

When we were kids, our Dad was a neat-nik, a place for everything and everything in its place. It took all seven of us kids decades, and I do mean decades, to wear the man down, but eventually, we did. We broke him. It got so, if he didn't find what he was looking for at first glance, he went out and bought a new one. Snicker, snicker, snicker.

Today, I went looking for something and couldn't find it. I was determined I would NOT be buying a new one when I KNEW I already had one. I looked in the annex, I looked in the sewing room, the living room, the kitchen closet, the laundry room, the ski room, our son's old basement bedroom, and hubby's personal squirrel hiddy hole space. I went outside and looked in the garage, the bat cave and the board room. Then I started over and looked again. I did this circle three times. Four times. On the fifth attempt, I found it in the first place I looked, hiding under a cleaning cloth. Eureka!

How long will you search for something before giving up?

Edited by - mander on 02/19/2020 15:42:45

Feb 19, 2020 - 4:48:49 PM

Owen

Canada

5208 posts since 6/5/2011

...it depends.

Feb 19, 2020 - 4:51:20 PM

7 posts since 2/11/2020

If I don't find it then I give up in about 3 mins, then it turns up later

Feb 19, 2020 - 5:17:36 PM
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6849 posts since 2/14/2006

Depends on what I'm looking for. I'm still looking for that cheese spread under my couch. I know it's there somewhere.

Feb 19, 2020 - 5:17:45 PM

28 posts since 1/17/2019

Usually it is in the last place I look.

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:35:58 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16295 posts since 6/5/2008

Then you stop looking when you find it.

I need a plastic jug with a lid that I use for making lime marmalade.
I bought about 1 kg good looking limes.
The deal is you soak the sliced limes overnight in water.
I SHOULD be able to put my hand on that jug with my eyes shut.
It lives in the left hand cupboard by the sink.
Gone. Poof!!!!! Disappeared.

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:10:43 PM
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Mooooo

USA

7636 posts since 8/20/2016
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If I don't find it within a minute or two, I get the servants to find it or go out and buy another. Obviously this depends on what the item is...for instance, I have them search longer for the Rolls Royce or the Yacht than for the remote control. I'm sure most of you do the same.

Edited by - Mooooo on 02/19/2020 19:12:36

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:30:09 PM
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9290 posts since 8/22/2006

Reminds me of a movie I watched about time. Time was built by time builder. As the actor went from place to place the time builder built the object and space before the actor got to his destination. Sometimes the time builders forget to build things exactly and when the actor leaves the room and comes back everything was like it was supposed to be. The time builders corrected their mistakes.

I just slow down when looking for stuff and say out loud “ok guys I’m leaving the room now but I’ll be back so can you get it right before I get back”. Sometimes it works.

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 02/19/2020 19:32:33

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:06:49 PM

Paul R

Canada

12463 posts since 1/28/2010

If I think it's important, I'll go over and over all the rooms. The odd thing is that there are items that have gone missing and can't be found. A grey sweater. It should be found but it's been almost a year. Songbooks. A video of the Harry Smith project. I loaned it out, got it back, and may have loaned it again, and maybe to a friend who died soon after. No way will I pester his widow. I have no way of knowing for sure, anyway.

I'm always losing my glasses.

Feb 20, 2020 - 1:24:46 AM

m06

England

8453 posts since 10/5/2006

A couple of months ago I lost my house keys. I called the one place I’d been since I had them last, and no-one had handed them in. So I was fairly sure they were somewhere in the house. I made a ‘fingertip’ search of our house top to bottom (or so I imagined). No sign of them.

About three weeks later my keys turned up under the duvet on the bed in our spare bedroom. How they got there I have no idea.

For me it’s not ‘how long’, but ‘how thorough’. When I figured I’d looked everywhere I stopped searching. Just shows how our sense of thoroughness is itself inaccurate.

Current missing items: four -  my wife’s silver ring, a book of Edwardian photographs (that I need for research), my D tin whistle, a shove ha’penny board (how does something that big go missing?)

Probably all in the house somewhere...

Edited by - m06 on 02/20/2020 01:42:35

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:50:14 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23985 posts since 8/3/2003
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Yesterday at our needle craft club, my friend was ready to leave and couldn't find her phone. Thought she'd left it in the restroom. We checked there, checked her purse, checked her crochet bag, went all over the craft room. It was nowhere to be found. I asked her if she could have left it in the car and she gave a resounding "NO! I had it when I came up the stairs." We went from office to office asking if someone had turned it in. No one had. Probably spent half an hour hunting it.

She finally gave up, went to her car and...... there it was, on the floor.

Never say no to a place where something might have been lost. Look there first~!!

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:04:28 AM

53969 posts since 12/14/2005

If it takes me a while to find something, I will look in two more places, just so that the old adage about how "You will find it in the last place you look" will not always be true.

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:17:38 AM
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m06

England

8453 posts since 10/5/2006

Current missing items: three.

The book turned up. smiley

Edited by - m06 on 02/20/2020 05:17:59

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:36:24 AM
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wizofos

USA

5406 posts since 8/19/2012

I put certain things in certain places. Wallet, keys, pocket knife on the dresser in a tray. Shoes in 1 of 4 places depending on which door I use to come in the house (Wisconsin people have a 'tradition' of taking off your shoes when you come in from snow and mud, so there is always a pile of shoes at the door). Tools always go in the tool box or work bench.
When I was in the military I got in the habit of putting my clothes in a certain place when I went to bed so that if I got called out or attacked in the middle of the night I did not have to search to get dressed. Side arm and ammunition in a locked drawer, keys always in the right pocket of my pants.
Now if I can just find those banjo strings all will be right with the world.

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:18:13 AM
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DC5

USA

10149 posts since 6/30/2015
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Well if you have a room where you can go skiing, I'd say your house is too big and that is why you can't find things.

When we built our house I told my wife that I wanted a complete set of tools in each room, because no matter what room I was working in, the tool I needed was in another room.

I usually find something as soon as I get back from the store buying the replacement, and it is always in plain view where I looked over and over again.

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:48:21 AM

9290 posts since 8/22/2006

You are vibrating in and out of multiple universes. The current universe you are in doesn’t have the items you are seeking. Just be patient(wrong word doesn’t look like the right patient) and you will vibrate in to the universe were the items you seek will be. OK so I got this crazy mind thing going on now but At least I’m keeping myself entertained. Things one can do whilst being retired.

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:13:18 AM
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71313 posts since 5/9/2007

When I buy a new whatever I usually then find the thing I lost.
Last week couldn't find my 30 year old Shubb capo and found one on Ebay for less than $20.
I ordered that one (came new in the packaging) and when I opened the case to put it away I saw the "missing" one under a pack of strings.

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:21:06 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23985 posts since 8/3/2003
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My husband and son could never find anything. I always told them "look on the ceiling", as that seems to be where they were looking. I could usually find what they were missing in about a minute.

No offense, guys, but it seems to be a guy problem, or it was in my house.

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:52:06 AM
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6849 posts since 2/14/2006

I always am looking for my glasses until lo and behold, I look in the mirror, and they’re already on my face.

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:40:51 AM
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Paul R

Canada

12463 posts since 1/28/2010

I put something down somewhere and think it's the place I'll remember for sure. Then I totally forget and have to search all over, cursing myself for putting it in a place so completely wrong.

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:47:41 AM
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Brian T

Canada

16295 posts since 6/5/2008

I get conditioned to the appearance of my kitchen, things in places where I expect to find them. For some reason (???) items get moved to unusual places. I just can't see them for what they are, where they are.

I need a particular container to make a batch of lime marmalade.
Ridiculously simple recipe. The container disappeared from its cupboard location.
Searched the whole kitchen, top to bottom and inside out with a flashlight, even.

The container was in plain sight, standing on the countertop behind the stand mixer.

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:19:36 PM

donc

Canada

6211 posts since 2/9/2010

I'm not thoroughly organized so I've developed other tricks. A pair of slippers kept downstairs and 1 other pair upstairs. Reading glasses [they are cheap] in the car ,in the bedroom, and the workshop. I've collected and inherited a few tools. Hammers in the drawer and usually 1 on the wall. Then there are the nuts and bolts, hardware parts, and plumbing supplies. Some day when I have 3 solid weeks I will get those organized. Along with the photographs. And the old family records. And 2 other things I've forgotten.

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:20:36 PM
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199 posts since 2/15/2015

I have a Dollar Tree bamboo back scratcher in practically every room in the house, one in every car, the camper, and in my main duffle bag that I pack for trips.

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:34:54 PM
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Banjo Lefty

Canada

1803 posts since 6/19/2014

I never look for missing socks. I know exactly where there are: the dryer ate them and I'm never getting them back.

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:15:17 PM
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bubbalouie

Canada

13444 posts since 9/27/2007

I have 4 sets of Allen keys 2 metric & 2 imperial all the same brand!

I have to admit I have 3 dollar store back scratchers. The best one is in the pocket on the back of the passenger seat of my car. I've the car for 5 years. The first 3 I ran a copier lathe every day & you know shavings go down your neck.

The last 2 I've been building drywall panels in metal frames. If I get an itch I just shove it down the back of my shirt & leave it there sticking up looking like a bearded traffic jam ninja warrior. 

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:31:44 PM

71313 posts since 5/9/2007

I was headed for a Silver Street Tavern gig one afternoon.Got about an hour into the trip,stopped for traffic,looked in the back seat of the '71 T-37 to find no banjo where I always put it for traveling.
It wasn't really lost because I instantly knew that I had left it home on the porch.

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