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Everything has its place

I am a firm believer that everything has its place.  I believe that if you assign something a unique place it will be easy to find again.  So, with that in mind I have spent the last 35 or 40 years perfecting the art of putting everything where it belongs.  By doing this my life is neat and orderly.  I do this with physical objects as well as digital objects.  Over the years I have accumulated a lot of stuff, both physical and digital.  

As I grow older I am experiencing difficulty in keeping track of my stuff.  In the physical realm I am still putting things where they belong, but I am forgetting where things belong.  I find myself standing in a room wondering where I put stuff.  I am not looking for the object, but I am looking for the object I put the stuff in.  It is as if I have created my own object placement nightmare.   I find myself asking “where would I put something like this if I were to follow my own rules?”  

In the digital realm I use mulitple methods in which to store data.  Data that is information that I need to retrieve quickly.  If I want to retrieve a piece of information on one of my comuters I typically have three locations.  I use Evernote, Dropbox and Google drive to store my information.  I typically have a copy of my information on all three services.  I also keep a backup of my inforamtion (data) on a USB hard drive, USB Flash drives and DVD’s.  One of the nice things about having my inforamtion in the cloud, is that I can search for a piece of information by keyword or tag.  I find myself wondering how I stored the information.  How did I save it?    

Remember when I said that I am experiencing difficulty in keeping track of my stuff?  Here is a real world example.  Typically, when I leave home, I put on my Kholster holster and I insert my Glock 23C  in it.  I put my wallet in my pocket because it has all of my identification cards including my South Carolina Concealed Weapons permit. I also pick up my flash light and put it in a pocket, and I clip on one of my spare magazine holders on my belt.  You never know when the Zombie Apocolypse is going to break out, so having plenty of ammumition is important.  Today, I went through the ritual of putting on all my gear.

 I have a basket on my desk that has my wallet, keys, rings, watch etc.  On the outside of the basket on my table is where the Glock, flashlight and magazine holder sits.  Approximately 30 minutes before it was time to put my gear on I had put the Glock that was in its “on the table holster” in the hideaway compartment in the love seat.  I knew that I was not going to be close to the weapon, and I knew the front door was unlocked because my son was outside mowing the grass.  I am not sure why I stashed the weapon instead of just taking it into the bedroom with me.  When it came time to gear up, I scanned the table for all of the things I needed to grab and proceeded.  Once I was done. Katy and I headed out the door to go to the grocery store. 

When we got back home I went through the ritual of taking off all my gear and putting everything back into its rightful place.  I lifted my shirt and reached for the Glock that was not there.  Imagine my surprise (and horror) as I wondered “where in the hades is my Glock….”.  I wandered between my office desk where I had just turned on the laptop and back to the living room thinking that maybe I had already transferred it to the other holster.  Then it dawned on me that I had left the weapon where I had put it in the love seat.  I am glad that the zombie apocolypse (or worse) did not break out while we were away from the house.  

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