A......discussion took place at the Maister household last night following an incident where I could not find my car keys. It seems Mrs. Maister cleared off the kitchen table and put my car keys into a location I'm unaccustomed to, and I spent a frantic 15 minutes trying to find them until she managed to locate where she'd put them.
I am admittedly a creature of habit, but there are two items in particular that I very seldom deviate from my routine when it comes to putting them down: my keys and my wallet (if I used a cell phone more than three or four times a year I'd probably put it in this special category too). I carry them around with me wherever I go for the most part, but when I set them down at home, they get placed almost without fail in one of two locations: a particular spot on the kitchen table or on the key ring. If I'm staying at a motel they get put inside the drawer.
Mrs. Maister, on the other hand, tends to set things down wherever she finds convenient at a given moment. It's frustrating for me because I can't count the number of times we've been delayed departing somewhere in order to look for her keys, cell phones, sunglasses, etc. Getting a cordless (landline) phone was another big mistake that I never should have agreed to, as we never know where the reciever is going to be when the phone starts ringing. We'd be completely lost if we didn't have caller id, because 90% of the time we end up having to call people back as we're not able to locate the phone in four rings. But I suppose I could just be too much of a tight-*ss, expecting to be able to actually answer the phone when it rings. I suppose it could be worse and my wife could take after my FIL, who loses his keys or locks himself out of the office perhaps three times a month (found the keys in the fridge last week - I'd be tempted to say Alzheimers candidate but he's been like this as long as I've known him).
How about you, how often do you misplace your keys, wallet, or phone? Do you habitually place items important to you in the same locations as a rule? Or are you a free spirit who finds the daily search for these sorts of things a rewarding part of life, providing much needed variety?