Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I Got Lost Again

     Over my life time I've been lost a time or two. I'm not counting being as in trying to find a location int the country or city. I'm talking about really not knowing where you were.

     There four occasions of being lost that stand out in my memory. Two of them were when I was a small child and two as an adult.

    As a small child I wandered off the farmyard twice and a search had to be made. Once was in early  January. I was about 3 and my Mom put me out in the yard to play. When she checked , I was gone . She had two younger children in the house and couldn't leave. She phoned the neighbors and they started a search. My Dad found me as he was coming home from town. I think I got a good reminder of not to wander away when Dad picked me up on the road and another when he set me down in the yard.

       The second time a lady was babysitting and I wandered off the yard. Again she had little kids and couldn't leave the house. The hired farm hand found me. Apparently I had decided to walk home.

      At about age 25 I got lost in the Arctic. Four of us had flown into an uninhabited Island to hunt geese. Check it out...Richardson Island. I walked a long way around to get closer to the game, made my kill, dressed the animal and left it to come back the next day . I thought I knew the way back. I crossed the first ridge an things didn't look familiar. A second ridge. A third ridge. Now I was starting to panic. It was getting toward sunset. Finally, I found the shore and got back to camp. To say the least, I was relieved.

     The last Time I was lost was last night. I didn't know anything about it until I got home. I tend to be a little careless about communication with the Micro Manager. She was downstairs watching TV and thought she heard me leave for my walk but thought it was early for my walk. She came up an hour later and I wasn't in the house. She was ready to call neighbors to look for me. She discovered the keys and car were gone but couldn't remember where I was going. Finally she checked the calendar and then knew where I was.

       So I was lost for a while last night just like when I was a little kid and wandered away from the farmyard.

30 comments:

  1. Interesting stories. I seems that in only one of them did you consider yourself lost.

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    1. You're right. the other times people lost me.

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  2. Were you really lost lat night? Where did you find yourself ;-)?

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    1. I was not really lost. My wife did not know where I was and was worried.

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    2. I'm relieved to know you weren't really lost. I'm sure your wife was too.

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  3. This was a wonderful read!
    My hubby got lost on the farm when he was young. The dogs found him, and then the adults found him. He had no siblings!
    I got lost in the forest in winter, but suddenly came upon what I knew was the property line of the next neighbour! I could tell, as there was a few trees cut, in a long line!

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    1. From a rural background to being out hiking. I've had to know where I was going. a good sense of direction helps.

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  4. Where were you? I am guessing it was another visit to the Thai massage parlour in downtown Red Deer.

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    1. How do you know about that hot massage center? I was actually at a board meeting.

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  5. Your stories brought back times when I was lost, or thought I was anyway. Glad you weren't really lost that last time, Red. :-)

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    1. However, this makes me think about the people with dementia.

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  6. I have a pretty good inner compass. The only time I could relate to was actually some weeks back, going to a large government complex over in Gatineau called the Portage complex to get a passport. Several office towers, all interconnected, and leaving was something of a problem- it's a maze in there, and I couldn't find an exit in the direction I wanted to go, so I had to backtrack to where I'd come from.

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    1. I think I could get lost in the huge air terminals.

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  7. Well, I'm glad you got found again!

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    1. Well, yes, I just came home as I normally do!

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  8. Hi Red, I like it ... Well, not that you were lost but that I see I'm not the only one who could do better at communicating with the Micro Manager. :-) By the way, gotta smile about Yorkshire Pudding's comment. Ha ha. Have a great day Red!

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    1. I'm rather an independent type of fellow.

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  9. Interesting post, Red. I'm wondering if the "reminders" your dad gave you when he picked you up and again when he got you home were of the spanking kind or the talking kind!

    I've never been lost except in my car in an unfamiliar place, and it's much easier to backtrack or cover ground quickly in a vehicle. I would definitely panic if I was lost in a cold barren place.

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    1. My dad firmly believed in spare the rod and spoil the child.

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  10. And did the micro manager give you a telling off?

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    1. Yes, she laid a guilt trip on me.

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  11. It seems you're still wandering off :) This was a fun story.

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    1. I've done a lot of hiking and back packing so I do wander off. I call it adventure.

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  12. I have a bad sense of direction so I am often lost. I'm glad all four of your lost stories had you safely found in the end.

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    1. My rural upbringing taught me about knowing directions.

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  13. You sound to have an adventurous soul Red!

    In childhood getting lost can be scary specially in big cities ,though we live in small city still i am to afraid of loosing my kids ,inspite of that we never heard anything like this in our city still i leave my kids out when they are in their early teens so i can have peace that they can take care of themselves and can contact if something happens.

    i can imagine how would your mother felt when she did not see you around,it is indefinable for mothers.

    I used to watch a t.v show named "i should have not be alive" in which people who remained lost for long managed to survive finally ,you island story remind me that show but by the grace of Lord you were back to camp safely!

    i think your wife's concern was justified , hope you inform her before you wander off!

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  14. Interesting to read about your getting lost experiences. I remember being at a fair when I was five, getting separated from my dad’s hand, running up to him, or so I thought, grabbed a hand only to have a stranger looking down at me and screaming blue bloody murder. My dad found me shortly afterward. To this day I still get claustrophobic in crowds. I hate getting lost. I thought GPS was the best invention since sliced bread. When we travel I always go to AAA and get the biggest updated Atlas with the biggest print for times we might find ourselves in a dead zone, and got an extra battery charger to fit on my phone, so that our GPS is at the ready :)

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  15. Easy to get turned around when looking for birds or mushrooms on an overcast day. i have a compass that is a necklace, but often forget to bring it along.I just arrived into Miami and waiting for my room. Miss swimming in the Carribean already.

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  16. Glad your micro manager figured it out. I was lost once in a subdivision of Denver Colorado...I got real turned around...luckily the mountains helped me see where I was:)

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  17. This is funny. So the micro manager thought you were lost. I don't think I've ever been lost. I've never been an adventurous person, so probably too careful to ever get lost.

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