I challenge the universe to take back my wallet and keys.

I would like to think of myself as someone who never loses things. sure, me lose things all the time, but things always appear. However, on paper, I have actually lost two things in the last two years. I knew where things were both times, but recovery was not an option and replacement was expensive. I swear I will never let this happen again.

TL; DR I lost my wallet and keys and then I bought East Y that for my keys and one of these by my wallet. I would feel silly not to at this point.

But I know where I lost it!

It was six months too soon when I lost my keys in a taxi in November 2020. I was coming home from an early morning flight and realized my keys fell out of my carabiner about 30 seconds after I got out of the taxi. Setting my luggage aside, I ran to the cab to flag down the driver, but they were already speeding toward their next customer.

I knew exactly where my keys were! I just couldn’t get there. He wasn’t too worried as he had all the taxi information and could notify the taxi service. Several phone calls and a lost set of keys later, no one was able to help. I was tired from traveling and needed a new key to the apartment, but at least I had a spare car key inside.

Ethics AirTag

Then, in April 2021, Apple took on Tile with its own item tracker called AirTag. I bought some and used them for a while, but frankly I was uncomfortable with the way AirTags were being abused to harass people. I hadn’t actually benefited from an AirTag yet, so I disabled mine in silent protest.

Apple has since improved the operation of AirTags as a preventative measure against abuse of location tracking. I’d still like to see Apple allow Android to include the same AirTag detection features that the iPhone has at the system level, without requiring a separate app.

Still, the headlines have moved from AirTag abuse cases to detection of AirTag working as intended. There’s no fix for human nature, but I feel better about AirTag ethics. Plus rocky florida found its owner with an AirTag.

But I know who stole it!

Speaking of ethics, the final straw for accidentally losing things was broken a few weeks ago when my wallet found a new owner.

My wallet slipped out of my pocket onto the carpet in a small waiting room, but the cash inside made it too good to hand out to whoever found it. Only a few people passed the room before I realized what happened, but it was too late.

The whole experience was time consuming and expensive. I had to apply for new bank cards, pay the DMV and a notary a visit and fee for my license, and find a replacement wallet. I liked my wallet!

Find my essentials

Well, I admit that losing important things is something I do sometimes. I invested in a air tag for my keys and a Chipolo card point for my wallet, and now both are 100% more findable with the Find My app – both purchases are cheaper than the cost of replacing lost keys and cards.

As a final note, I admit that I am picky about my wallet (when I didn’t lose it). The key fix is ​​easy, but wallets look even more personal.

I like a small wallet that looks like a wallet. It must contain some cash and more than three cards, but it must not be too large in any dimension. To me, this rules out embedding an actual AirTag in the wallet.

With that delicacy in mind, the combination of the bellroy slim sleeve and a Chipolo card point it is perfect. The wallet tracker is incredibly thin compared to an AirTag and doesn’t change the depth of my wallet. The speaker is also super loud.

Frankly, I didn’t think a no-compromise solution like this was possible before, which goes back to why I lost my wallet.

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