Monday, May 03, 2010

Losing It...Losing Everything
   Some think I have early Alzheimer's disease, and some think I am an absent-minded professor. Fact is, I am a focused and visual thinker and am more aware of what I am thinking than what I am doing. Because of this (and for most of my life) I constantly misplace stuff. I have it one moment and, in an instant, cannot find it. Eventually most of it shows up as I think through where I was and what I was doing at the time of the magical disappearance. I'm not so sure about the last time.
   I had a wonderful weekend teaching a 2-day sea kayak progression course. I was in Madison and stayed over night. For personal reasons, I took lots of stuff in addition to the usual kit, clothes and the like. When I arrived home last night I was dead tired and had only 10 minutes to shower, shave and dress for a 5 pm going away party followed by a family gathering for Lady Linda's family (her aunt had died). When I got home I unpacked the car, put the boat in the garage and fell into a coma and slept through the night.
   This morning (and all day today) I have been unable to find my small kit bag, the one that always goes into my day hatch. The same one that is always laying in that exact same place in my room. The very one I never misplace...never. Until now. I don't know where it is.
   I have searched my car 3 times and gone over all my gear 4 times, each time emptying all my bags. No kit. I thought that I lhad eft it on the picnic table during the summing up and hoped that one of the 'Baga staff would find it. I called the store today. They took time to look in all the possible places inside and out...no bag.
   So, I have lost it and, with it, I have lost my marine radio and Optio camera. Gone. If someone did find it, they apparently didn't bother to turn it in...yet.
   I write this with the ardent hope that the bag will turn up and I will have great material to write a blog entitled, "I am a damn (old) fool."

Paddle safe...
DS

12 comments:

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

I certainly hope it shows up too.

Stan

paddlingOTAKU said...

as someone who struggles with a flakey memory - my wife says every day for me is a new adventure, because I can't remember anything - I feel for you. Good luck.

PO

Silbs said...

Thank you both. Time will reveal all...or not.

cowboygrrl said...

Hope it turns up. I've started lists to help me, but then I forget about the list!

steve said...

I know how you feel and living without a camera is impossible too.

RoyM said...

Sorry to hear....did You check the day hatch on your boat? just in case you figured it would then be there ...where you always put it for next time

sounds like you looked everywhere except in the kayak itself...been there..

Best Wishes
Roy

JohnB said...

You were growing disgusted with your camera, for quite sometime actually. Perhaps the missing bag is message that it is time for the new camera, after all you do have a birthday coming up shortly. As to the radio, well it had the misfortune of sleeping with your camera and got caught. Next bag should be a nice bright color that screams out at you, "Yo!!! I'm over here!"

I once left my vhf radio on top of my car and drove home, across the Hoan Bridge, to find it wedged under the roof rack when I unloaded my boat (haven't told anyone about this before now). My new radio (last year's birthday present from wife), is smaller and won't be so lucky if I should do the same again. Now, when I unload things from my boat every thing goes into a large mesh bag boat side, or stays attached to pfd, or in the boat until I'm at my car--then it is unclipped and goes directly into the car.

Susan said...

I blame my occasional lapses in memory on the sheer volume of crap (mine and others) that I have to keep track of. Dearest Husband's solution to missing objects - look again where it's "supposed to be" - surprisingly, it often shows up. Mind you, this is the same guy with a "magic pocket" that occasionally attracts lost objects (passports, health cards, wedding rings...) Good luck in the hunt!

paddlingOTAKU said...

Susan makes an excellent point. In the mid 90's when I discovered Feng Shui, I threw away/gave away anything I thought I 'might' need. Keeping only the things I knew I would need. It was liberating, and led me down a road towards Buddhism - I am not preaching a religion, just explaining my path - There is something to be said for simplicity and a degree of minimalism. And while I would never tell anyone to make the changes I made, If nothing else, It makes it easy to find things when you don't actually own that much! There are only so many places to look! that said, I suspect that your bag was either taken or left behind. But I think it is something worth thinking about.

PO

Silbs said...

Thanks to all. I always empty my hatches before transporting the boat. I need what is in the bag as I do not wish to spend the money to replace what are safety items. If someone found it, they don't seem to want to return it as I have cards with my contact info inside. Had a nice paddle to day anyway.

DaveO said...

OK, I need to confess that I left my paddle pants and underwear on a post near Saxon Harbor last Saturday. When Ron and I returned, I found the underwear but not the paddle pants. Must have been a discriminating thief. One solution: have your post paddle beer AFTER you load the boats and gear.

Silbs said...

I have never, ever lost my underwear...AND THEY FOUND MY BAG.