Put Away for Safekeeping

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Door Lock Secure Safekeeping

Do you ever put something away for safekeeping only to not be able to find it once you need it?

This sadly happens to me a lot. More than I care to admit but I will loudly and proudly here.

I was hired a few years ago to format a safety manual for someone who had previously hired me to create a website for her home business. Having a repeat client was big for me. It meant I was doing something right.

Anyway, the client came to my house to go over what expectations she had for this particular job. She provided me with a small USB drive of all of the files I would need to update for her. I knew that this USB was precious and that I needed to safeguard it from any potential harm such as my kids finding it and destroying it or worse, losing it.

At the time we had a desk/computer armoire where all of my computer equipment and papers were stored. As we had a toddler wandering around and a very curious preschooler, we had a child proof lock to use to lock up the armoire.

After transferring the files from the USB drive to my computer for safe measure I decided to stash away the USB drive I was given in what I considered a “safe place.”

A few weeks went by and I finally completed the job. The client was more satisfied with my work. And then it happened… she asked for her USB drive back. Well, do you think that I could find the darn thing anywhere? I looked up and down, all around for it. I searched for an entire week and still could not find it. I swore up and down that my pre-schooler must have got his hands on to it. Little did I know that I was the ultimate culprit.

I eventually had to apologize to my client and tell her what had happened. Luckily, it was not an expensive item. I replaced the USB drive for her and loaded it with the original files I was given along with the ones that I created to complete the job.

It wasn’t until months later that I found the USB key. We had sold the computer armoire a while back and had moved the desktop computer and printer downstairs to a newer desk. My printer ran out of ink and I needed to replace the cartridges. Upon opening up the printer to access the cartridges, guess what popped out?

THE USB DRIVE!

I am not even kidding you.

Who puts a USB key away inside a printer for safekeeping?

Me, that’s who!

Anyway, I thought about this story the other night as I had once again put some items away for safekeeping that I couldn’t find. As luck turns out, it did not take me months to find the items, only a couple of hours. Silly me, I had walked past them about 10 times before I noticed where they were put… by me.


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Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.

2 Comments

  1. Raina
    RainaReply
    January 12, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Ack! This happens to me ALL. THE. TIME. Either I forget where it is or I forget about the item I stashed that by the time I come across it, its relevance is lost! LOL. Oh wel. What can you do? At least we know that we are not in this alone. : )

    • Brandy
      January 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM

      It’s so frustrating but yes, at least we know that we are not alone!

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