Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Phones, Computers and Blackberries

You can hear his loud voice all through the lounge.

“You have my blackberry!” he says when someone answers the phone. “I left it in the restaurant. How can I get it back?” (pause) “I’m in the lounge.”

Within minutes, two security men are in the lounge, checking his ID and handing over his blackberry.

“We had a difficult time trying to find you, sir,” says the polite, but firm, security guy, in a loud, carrying voice. “Let me make a suggestion that will make your life easier if you ever lose it again. In your contacts, put YOUR name first. You can put two spaces before your last name, and then your last name will be at the head of the list. That is the smartest way to make sure people can return your lost electronics.”

I look around. Half the people in the lounge are quickly inputting their names, with two spaces, into their phones, computers and personal data devices.

July 27, 2008 - Posted by | Customer Service, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Technical Issue, Travel |


  1. Some devices/software have an “About The Owner” section.

    Comment by 3baid | July 27, 2008 | Reply

  2. have you heard of ICE? saving your “In Case of Emergency” contact as ICE… I received an email about it looong time ago, and I still receive’em

    Comment by Ansam | July 27, 2008 | Reply

  3. Hehe, yeah sometimes you spot a scene where it triggers something and you start doing it right away.

    I have a nokia 9300i and it has a “My Contact Card” where I can add my info there for reference in case I lose it.

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | July 27, 2008 | Reply

  4. 3baid – I know that is true – but like on your laptop, what do you do?

    ICE? I hadn’t heard of it, Ansam, but what a good idea!

    Mac – It was just funny to me, watching all the people who immediately inputted their own names!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 27, 2008 | Reply

  5. I forgot my phone in a hotel’s lobby once, when the man asked for confirmation I asked him to take a look at the phone’s background picture… It was my picture 😛 and people thought it was meaningless to display my own picture… what do they know? 😉

    Comment by Disturbed Stranger | July 28, 2008 | Reply

  6. i’ve always had my own number in under ” me ” ,…

    but its cos i couldnt remember my number when i first got it, not cos i was being clever or anything 😛

    Comment by sknkwrkz | July 28, 2008 | Reply

  7. Skunk, I am so bad that I have masking tape on the back of my burner phone, with my number on it, because people are always asking and I can’t remember it (I don’t really use this phone except in the USA) But now my name is #1 on my contact list!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 28, 2008 | Reply

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