Since then, I've been really careful to always check my area around the computer before I leave, so I don't lose another disk. I've been REALLY anal about it.
So of COURSE, yesterday, I forget to check (I don't know how or why), and I do it AGAIN. This time with my pretty green ZIP disk. THIS one has a lot of important information on it, including Friday's GIS assignment, so I'm going to have to do the whole thing over again if nobody returns the disk.
I came back to the lab this morning, first thing. No disk. No messages written on the board about it. THIS disk had my name and my email address written on it. I haven't heard a thing about it. WHY? WHY CAN'T SOMEONE JUST EMAIL ME?
And two weeks ago, I was making some copies in the library and left my ID card at the copier by mistake. Vandal services will MAIL this card to you if it's just dropped off in a mailbox. I never got it back. The library circulation desk never had anyone turn it in (and they were maybe...30 feet from that copier.
It sounds stupid, but I'm on the verge of tears about this. Three times now (which is REALLY unusual for me), I've lost valuable objects in such a way that made it REALLY easy for the finder to return them to me, and it hasn't happened. I've even offered rewards...money, new disks. Nothing.
A few weeks ago, I stopped to pick up some papers that were strewn around one of the lawns on campus when I looked at the heading and realized it was a lab assignment for someone in my Population Ecology lab. I gave it to our TA. Nathan was so happy that someone had found the assignment and turned it in; he hadn't even realized it was missing.
Why can't someone show me the same fucking courtesy?