Flash forward: I wake up at 5:21 am in Huntington. The train is sitting in the station, empty. Any true Long Islander can tell you what that’s like, and also what happens next: you hear the “Beep Beep Beep” of death, the doors close and you have to frantically fly around the train trying to find a conductor to let you off before you end up at the yard.
This knowledge in mind, I jumped up and fled the train. This was when I lost my phone.
It was mid-day Saturday before I remembered I could track my phone on icloud.com. Guess where it was?
Under the East River. More specifically, still on the train. A couple minutes later it showed up at the West Side Yard.
Without many options, I did what anyone would do: took an afternoon trip to wine country with the folks. When we got back a couple hours later, guess where my phone was? Still on the freaking train.
So, I took a stab at resourcefulness. Using the location, time, and train schedule, I deduced that my phone was heading to Babylon. Tom kindly dropped me off a couple stops before Babylon and I proceeded to search the entire train, running between cars at the stops.
I didn’t find it. There were still beer cans and garbage on the train from the early morning drunks (like myself) and the train was too big, and my battery had just died.
But you know what? It didn’t kill my optimism and here’s why:
1. I had just backed up my phone last week for the first time ever so I hardly lost anything.
2. My contract was up anyway, so I got the new iPhone. And the awesome Mophie case, which includes back up power.
3. When backing up my phone from the cloud, I discovered that Apple let me download every song I ever purchased, even the ones that were accidentally deleted from my iTunes years ago.
“Wow, sounds like losing your phone was the best thing that ever happened to you.”
-My sister, Amy, experienced phone misplacer
4. Before this, I hadn’t lost my phone in five years. So I had a pretty good run.
5. I had so much fun at karaoke on Friday that it was almost worth it. Really, Jill? It was worth $400 at the Verizon store for a fun night out? I said “almost”.