I Lost My iPod

Anyone who’s traveled on an airplane with young children knows what it’s like when that cabin door is open and you are free to get off the aircraft.

It’s a mad dash to gather your belongings, corral the kids and get the hell out of there.

That’s exactly what happened last week when, in my haste to get my curmudgeonly son off the plane, I did a half-hearted once over of the seats, saw no Buzz Lightyear action figures or Dora the Explorer DVDs, and made a break for the exit. When I got home and unpacked my laptop back I realized I left my beloved, 10th wedding anniversary gift 30 gigabyte video iPod on the plane.

Admittedly, I’m a gadget guy but, for many reasons, this was the ultimate gadget in my collection. My wife had it engraved on the back with an anniversary message. It contained a video I produced of our 10 years together in photos. All my digital photos — copies, that is — were on the iPod too.

The worst part of it all was that I was a nanosecond away from not even bringing the iPod on the trip, alas, I did.

Northwest Airlines says no one has found the iPod. I think the more accurate statement is “no one has brought it forward.” Which means someone in Detroit, where the plane was returning to, or Phoenix has wiped my iPod clean and is now listening to whatever music they enjoy.

Such a bummer.

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