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I did it again; I'll never learn


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Many years ago I used to "lose my car" in a shopping center parking lot. No not the Walmarts, Targets or Home Depots but those regional shopping centers with 4 or more large department stores. There was a company whose buildings have been bought by Dillards. The buildings are squares- three sides exactly the same with the fourth opening on the mall side. You know the type?

 

Well, when I was working I would be brain dead. My mind was a million miles away. Losing the car was common place and I've been in security cars being driven row by row looking for my car.

 

To solve my dilemma, I started writing a note to myself with one of the following- the direction as stated above the door (North, South, East or West); the Street name; or the object being sold near the door such as lady's sportwear, menswear, shoes etc. It helped when I did this.

 

Well, I'm doing it again! Today, I "lost" the car again. The lady's will know what I mean when I say I had purchased the minimum sale for a huge price "gift" cosmetic case of one of the better make up manufacturers. Each store has different gifts at different times of the year, some have a better collection of goodies than others. This time I couldn't decide when I could get one since I desperately needed lipstick and all I had were a pale pink and a light brown which had been part of the gift 2-1/2 years ago. Dillards hadn't had the gift so I tried Macy's and I was able to pre-purchase the deal this past week and today was pick-up day. It had started to rain and I had to park in a parking lot on the way because visibility was terrible and when it let up, I continued to the mall (which is about 20 miles from home).I didn't feel like walking the distance from a parking spot at Dillards and decided to find a place near Macy's. I had to go all the way around the back passing a JCPenney and finally found a place. The rain had let up a bit and I opened the umbrella and was parked a slight distance from the door and to the left of it. This store is also the square style. I found the department from the entrance, picked up my purchase and saw the escalator near-by and decided to go to gadgets and see if they also have a discount room as the Macy's in the Miami area had. I used to work there for OXO and always enjoyed looking. I found the down escalator and started home but when Iwent out, I had a problem knowing the direction because I had driven around the lot. I know the way the mall faced but didn't know which way the store faced. I've maybe shopped at that mall 5 times in the 20 years my sister had lived there.

 

I didn't find the car and looked up and down all lanes where it should have been. I drive a low car which is hidden amongst the numerous vans and it is maroon (wasn't my choice) as were many cars in that area. When I couldm't find ot, I started to look on another side, even tough it didn't look right. It had to have been on the 3rd side but I thought I had oassed JCPenney completely and when Is tarted to look there saw Penneys and decided that it wasn't there. About this time, I saw the security car and asked the driver if he had seen it. He took out a small pad and was writing the info down and I thought this man may be suspicious of an "old" lady who looks like maybe she was a run-away from a nursing home or someone who had had a nip for lunch. He told me to stand near the store entrance out of the rain (although it stopped) and I was glad of that because there was a bench there. He drove around and asked me if it had a bumper sticker on it and I said no, and he left again. Finally he came back again and said he found it and I should get in and he'd drive me there. Well, he had a large truck and although I would lead it with the left leg- my good one), I'm short and couldn't climb in. I told him I had a bad leg and learned to walk and would walk there. I could see where he was going and I then saw the car. It was on the 3rd side!

 

MORAL of this tale- never again enter a mall store without writing a note to myself of the entrance!

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PHYL,

 

MY WIFE WOULD KNOW THE ENTRANCE BUT FORGET THE ROW. SO WHENEVER WE GOT A DIFFERENT CAR, I PUT A REAR SPOILER ON THE TRUNK. OUR CARS WERE ALWAYS WHITE. THIS WAY, SHE COULD LOOK UP A ROW AND CHECK WHICH TRUNKS WERE DIFFERENT. OR WITH THE REMOTE DOOR LOCKS, SHE CAN HIT THE PANIC BUTTON AND THE HORN BLOWS.

 

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Marty have a spoiler and hit the lock thing that beeps twice never thought to hit the panic side. Duh! Probably didn't hear it because it was a distance

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Phyllis:

 

Here are some other ideas. Not sure which would work for you.

 

1). From a New Car Dealer, buy a radio antenna 'flag'. When you go shopping, back into the spot, put the 'flag' on the radio antenna.

 

2). Buy a 'flag' (US flag, favorite baseball/football/nascar/hockey/basketball team) that fastens onto your car's side window.

 

3). Tie a kid's balloon to your car's radio antenna.

 

4). Ride the bus shopping, if you live along the bus route.

 

5). If you don't mind the 'looks', just put an upside-down soda can on your car's antenna.

 

Hope these suggestions will help. Remember, they are just that - suggestions.

 

 

Denny

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Phyllis,

 

When our panic button is hit accidentally (usually when the car is in the garage) it is loud enough to wake up the neighborhood. That is to say, the car could be quite a distance and you would still hear it.

 

Good idea to find some way to mark your car. Maybe as easy as a distinctive bumper sticker. However, the idea of something you can see above the car might be better. Like something tied to your antenna - if you have an antenna that sticks up. Mine is embedded in the back windshield.

 

Many years ago when I traveled by plane a lot and I had a suitcase which was like a lot of others, I placed a Chiquita sticker from bananas on the suitcase. That way it was easy to spot on a carousel.

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Hi Phyllis:

 

I need to explain what I meant by 'buying' a radio antenna 'flag' from a new car dealer.

 

When you go past some new car dealers, you will see these 'multi-colored florescent colored flags' that 'slide over' the entire radio antenna.

 

Sorry for not explaining myself more clearly. sad.gif

 

 

Denny

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Hi Phyllis,

 

I was like that pre stroke. I forgot where I put my car lots of times

as my mind was somewhere else at times.

The malls aren't as big in Ottawa. Now I have an excuse,that I have had a stroke.

I must say I try to remember by land marks and the lots in Ottawa usually have a number system,so you just need to remember numbers and letters or write them down to find your car.

Take Care

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P.S. It would be worse if we were forgetting our keys or locking them in the car. LOL!!

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