As some of you know I lost my phone Thursday night.  In a supreme act of stupidity I placed my cell phone on the hood of my car while I pumped gas.  I hate to admit it, but I do this all the time.  I have the same conversation with myself each time I do this:

Common Sense Me: “You know you could just leave that in the car, right?”

Me: “I suppose you’re right, but what if someone calls?”

Common Sense Me: “You know you can return the call later, right?”

Me: “I suppose, but what if it’s really important.”

Common Sense Me: “Remember when you used to travel without a phone and “important” stuff was going on?”

Me: “Ah–I remember it well.”

Common Sense Me: “Remember surviving without a cell phone?  The sun always came up the next day when you didn’t have a cell phone.”

Me: “I suppose you’re right.  Perhaps I’ll leave the phone in the car next time I pump gas.”

Common Sense Me: “Next time?”  “Next time might be the time you forget the phone on top of the car and drive away, never to see it again.”

Me: “I suppose you’re right.”

Last night was the night I jumped back into my car and took off.  I never gave a thought to the phone on top of my car.  In fact, I didn’t give the phone a thought until I got into my house and realized I didn’t have it.  Upon the realization of what I did I jumped back into my car and retraced my steps.  I parked at the gas station and walked down Veterans Highway.  No sign of my phone.  I asked in the gas station.  No luck.  I drove down the highway the same way I drove home, but much slower.  No sign of the phone anywhere.  I thought the worst: the phone was obliterated by a fast moving 18-wheeler loaded with 203 lbs. kettlebells (yes, they actually exist) or some unsavory character found it and was having his way with my innocent phone.  I called my phone, but it just rang in vain somewhere in the deep, dark night.  I called my carrier and temporarily suspended my service.  I was told I was eligible for an upgrade and took advantage.  I went and got my new phone so I could “reconnect” back to….everybody.

At about 9:30 last night my house phone rang.  My house phone never rings at 9:30 pm.  I answered.  The voice on the phone explained that he got the house number from a cell phone he found on Veterans Highway in Holbrook.  “Really?  That’s my phone.  Is it alright?”, I asked.  The man said it was.  I asked him where I can meet him and fortunately he didn’t live too far.  We met like spies in a mutually agreed upon, public location.  You know, somewhere with lots of witnesses.  Why?  I’m not really sure.  Let’s just say we were both being cautious.

When I met “Matt” he told me he worked for the Department of Transportation and the phone was lined perfectly next to the line for the edge of the shoulder of the road.  The phone was in perfect condition.  I held cash in my hand and offered it to Matt.  He didn’t even look an said, “No. No. That isn’t necessary.  That’s not why I called you.  I just wanted you to get your phone back.”

We spoke for a few more minutes and I thanked Matt and turned to walk away.  I immediately turned back and said, “Hey Matt, you’re a good man.”  I wish I could have snapped his picture.  He looked stunned and was unable to speak as if this was the first time he had been paid a compliment.  I turned and walked away before he could respond verbally.

Perhaps not a big deal, but it was to me.  That stranger could have left my phone in the road or thrown it out.  He didn’t.  He picked it up, took it home, found my home number and called me.  For this I’m grateful.  I’m grateful every time I meet a person like Matt who goes out of his way to do the right thing.  These are the people who make this planet a better place.

Ask me about the time I accidentally dropped my wallet, with cash in it, in a Pathmark parking lot and how the finder tracked me down 20 minutes later while I sat at home not realizing I even lost it.–George

Workout of the Day

“Filthy 50?
For time:
-50 Box Jumps (24/20)
-50 Jumping Pull-ups,
-50 Kettlebell Swings (16/12 kg)
-50 Walking Lunges
-50 Knees to Elbows,
-50 Push Press (45/30)
-50 Barbell Good Morning (45/30)
-50 Wallball Shots (20/14)
-50 Burpees
-50 Double Unders (150 singles)
*Scaled version “Dirty 30? is 30 reps of each exercise!

Post your scores to the Whiteboard.

13 Responses

  1. beth

    You must have someone watching over you…its nice to know there are people like matt in the world!! Now leave your phone in your car while you pump gas!!!

  2. Al C

    George: if this Crossfit thing doesn’t work out you could easliy work for ” chicken soup for the soul” perhaps a Crossfit version like ” paleo for the soul” I don’t know I’m not too creative but as usual great post.

  3. Jen D

    LOVE hearing stories like this!!!

    And thankfully we have awesome people like that in our gym …. im still so grateful to Dan who found my wedding ring that I had left on the floor and he made sure the owner of it was found. THANK YOU Dan!!!!!

  4. Tricia C

    Great story George! And love Melissa’s comment, hahaha. Indeed, there are still good people around. I left my phone on a subway bench once and a guy that works for the UN found it and I got it back. Same story as George’s, the only difference is this guy called me at 1am, lol.

  5. Amie

    Omg!!cracking up, Janie how do u find these things??? Prancerise: hysterical! I think if u and I do some prancercizing we could potentially get the most honks!! Hey no one said they had to be “good honks” … We need our ankle weight though!!

  6. JaneM

    Amie, I tried to convince George to make prancercise the Thursday rest day WODD. So far it is a no go. I have my leg warmers at the ready. For now I will practice in my basement in the dark.

  7. Kelly R

    Amie I love your notes!
    George you have started a trend!
    This is a great story But why didn’t you invite the guy to come workout?
    And I just don’t get why you would take your phone out of the car to pump gas?
    Technically even if someone called you while you were pumping gas you still shouldn’t answet the phone!
    It’s dangerous/ lesson learned.
    Still a good story

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