I lost my work ID last week, complete with the lanyard that goes around my neck and my library card that also hangs upon it.
Seeing that I work at the Liverpool Public Library, that presented a problem. No, I did not want anybody checking out books, DVDs or CDs under my name. Or getting into our upstairs work space … I didn’t even want to think about that when my HR director mentioned what could happen when I asked how I could get a temp pass the morning I discovered it was missing.
The night before I’d visited the library to shoot a few photos and a video before heading to my weekly bowling league. I needed my pass to get upstairs to secure the camera equipment. Because I was heading straight to the lanes, though, I left my work case at home and just grabbed the lanyard from the side pocket.
Yes, changing the routine upset my delicate balance of possession. Apparently.
The next morning, when I was ready to leave A Bitty Better in the Liverpool neighborhood of Galeville, I knew the lanyard and pass would not be in the briefcase to be grabbed to hang around my neck before heading ou the door. You know, my usual routine. I fished in my jacket pocket. Nope. My dear wife Karen looked in all the usual hiding spots in her car because I’d taken the Mazda for the excursion the night before instead of the Chevy. Not there.
After securing the temporary pass, I asked if anybody had turned mine in at the customer service desk. Strike two. I called Bowling Green and asked if it had been turned in there after I left the night before. Strike three.
Saturday morning I drove to the alley lot in North Syracuse.
There it was, on the ground, in its glory.
Apparently I had knocked it loose, from its routine and my possession a day-and-a-half ago.
It had been run over.
The spring mechanism that allows the work I’d to pull away from the lanyard to more easy access to door triggers was ruined. That’s easily replaced, I thought, as I smiled and picked my passes up from the pavement.
No need to cancel either privilege.
Now I just need to stick to my routines.