So I sometimes go for a walk on my lunch break, using weight management as an excuse, but the reality is, it just helps to clear my mind.
As some of you know, I own the phone pictured above. Though it may come as a surprise to some of you that I can be a tight ass, I assure you that is the case here, of course, with Tomas-justification.
I live five minutes away from work. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is check my email, the news, etc. from my desk; I get ready for and go into work, plopping myself down in front of my computer. There I stay until it's time to go home, only to make the same short drive back home and ensconce myself in front of my computer again until it's time to go to bed.
Because of this behavior pattern, I'm never really without Internet access unless I'm traveling. It is because of this fact, coupled with my past financial faux pas that I have refused to get a smart phone. I don't need the additional overhead of $20/mo for absolutely no return. Besides, the best smartphone isn't on Verizion, so why would I want to get an inferior smartphone? (Though I must say, The Motorola Droid is looking tight.)
So I went for my walk early this morning because I finally had a breakthrough with some code I was working on and needed to clear my mind before I started climbing the next mountain. About an hour or so after my walk, I felt my belt clip–it was empty!
See, I've been through four (four!) of those cheap plastic holsters that the phone snaps into. Put simply, they're cheap holsters and I'm fat. So about two years ago (I think) Verizon gave me a universal clip. The phone didn't snap into it, but it did the job of keeping the phone on my belt and out of my pocket.
Over time, this holster has worn down as well; it's just leather-covered plastic. Add to this, I accidently stepped on the side of the holster and broke one side, not to the point of deterioration, but to the point where there really isn't a grip on the phone.
The phone has been falling out more and more often as time has gone by. Sometimes I'd feel it, sometimes not. The phone continues to rack up scuff marks and I keep holding out that Verizon will one day soon acquire the CDMA iPhone, but until that time I prefer to remain contract-less.
It's true that I've been over my New-Every-Two® promotion for over two years (meaning I've had this phone for going on five years) but I'm holding out that I can apply the $50 credit to an iPhone.
As soon as I realized I lost my phone, I panicked, wondering what would happen if I didn't immediately cancel service before someone used the phone for nefarious purposes. I figured I'd run the risk of not turning the phone off immediately in the hopes that someone would find the phone. I even had a co-worker re-walk my walk with me, trying to locate the phone.
As I sat trying to concentrate on my work and not tie my stomach up in knots, I got an email from someone that works in the same general area. He told me that he had my phone and to (oh sweet irony!) give him a call.
My coworkers and I were curious how he found my email address. One theory was that he Googled me based on my phone number, etc. Turns out, I had a long time ago put my email address on my V-card.
This has made me think twice about security in today's world.
And about getting a new holster after work.