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Another morning, another increasingly desperate search for the metrocard. I just can’t seem to get it under control.

I feel like a little kid who can’t think ahead so he keeps running into the same problems. An adult should have created a system to keep this from happening long ago, yet here I am looking for the damn card again.

Yesterday’s pants? Nope. Yesterday’s jacket? The spot beside the stove where we put things? Nope squared. The spot on the shelf, that graveyard of insufficient fares? I hope not, that would have been an insane place to leave it. But better check. Nope. Not next to the computer. Not next to the bed. Not on the vanity in the hall. Holy crap, am I infantile, senile or just the laziest dumbass on the block?

Here’s my problem. My wallet is magnetic, so keeping the metrocard in my wallet murders it. I learned that the hard way with a plump card, maybe forty bucks down the drain. So I keep my metrocard as far away from my wallet as possible. In the summer, that means my metrocard is in my pants pocket and my wallet is zipped up inside my bag. In the winter, there’s the additional option of coat pockets.

When I get home I cannot train myself to think about the card. Either it stays in my pocket, which would make for a relatively easy search, or I absentmindedly place it on the first open surface I encounter. The latter tendency spices up the mornings.

And everytime I say to myself, this is the last time I’m doing this.


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1 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jan 13, 2012 11:23 am

I hope you'll forgive my laughing at your plight, Jon, but Jesus, wtf is a "magnetic wallet?"

Sounds like some super hero gadget.

And more to the point, perhaps you might consider getting a normal wallet, like the rest of us schlubs have?

2 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jan 13, 2012 12:18 pm

It's a money clip with a small pouch for a few cards. The clip has a magnetic claspe to keep it in place.

I think you are onto something though. I don't know if you read about the time the magnet got attached the underside of a cookie sheet and ended up lost in the oven for 5 days.

But no matter the type of wallet, do you really want to be whipping it out on the subway platform just to secure your card? I dont know if I would do that

3 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 13, 2012 12:55 pm

[2] "do you really want to be whipping it out on the subway platform just to secure your card? I don't know if I would do that"

It would certainly be an interesting trick, but I wouldn't want to blemish my clean record over some freaky isht like that either >;)

4 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jan 13, 2012 1:33 pm

[2] Cracking up! In the oven!!!

Howling with laughter.

5 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jan 13, 2012 2:48 pm

[4] Yes, the anxiety and frustration (and all the legwork getting the new cards etc..) are all well worth the anecdote, which I'll have a lot longer than this wallet :)

6 Ben   ~  Jan 13, 2012 2:52 pm

I have a three-fold wallet. I used to keep my metrocard in the wallet, but just tucked in there, not in any compartment. It was easy to extricate the card without even removing the wallet from my pocket. Have to be careful not to let the card slip out when you actually use your wallet, but I didn't do that much either. My cash is outside my wallet, same pocket. My dad taught me that, always have some cash you can throw to a mugger, never pull out your wallet. While he's picking up the dough, you're running the other way!

7 Normando   ~  Jan 13, 2012 2:53 pm
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