I believe I’ve mentioned my old
neighbor friend, Mr. Rogers, in a previous article. You remember him; the extremely promotable and brilliant young
MBA on the fast track to executive management with a large food distributor who
used to mow his lawn wearing pressed Dockers?
That Mr. Rogers? Well, he still
takes the corporate jet between meetings.
However, he was recently reminded to stuff his wallet into those fancy
pants of his before he leaves on a trip.
Yes, despite being recently being
promoted (again), Mr. Rogers’ brain is still not connected to his wallet. That’s true of a lot of us, actually. I must confess, I’ve left my wallet (and/or
cell phone) in Taxicabs, hotel rooms, and on the counters of classrooms and
hotel desks all over the world. My wife
marvels that somehow I always seem to get it back, but that’s not today’s
lesson. No, today is all about Mr.
Rogers and what happened AFTER he left his wallet at home.
He made it to the airport and
suddenly realized that without his wallet, he couldn’t pay the limo
driver. Furthermore, his lack of proper
identification (also in his wallet) wouldn’t permit him to get very far through
security at the airport, so he asked the driver to take him back home. In Chicago (where we find Mr. Rogers
neighborhood), it is at least two hours home from the airport via a limo so he
definitely missed his flight. The short
version of the story is; he walked into his house, grabbed his wallet, kissed
his angry wife (more on that in a minute), paid the limo driver, and rebooked
his flight to the tune of $500 in ticketing and rebooking fees.
All of this could have been
avoided. Reason number 59 to get
yourself a passport is that you can file it away in your briefcase as a
secondary or backup ID. Also in my
briefcase, I keep two blank checks and a Visa card that I retain for
emergencies only. If I leave my wallet
at home (it’s happened once and it will probably happen again), I can still pay
for stuff and get on the plane. My wife
can send my wallet to the hotel overnight.
I also send my wife an email with my full itinerary for every single
trip I take. She has the addresses and
phone numbers of where I am so she could (in a pinch) send other stuff as
well. I’ve needed books, chargers, power
cords, and other odd things that I’ve accidentally left at home, and she’s an
extraordinary asset to have at home when my brain takes a vacation like that.
Anyway, Mr. Rogers seemed to come
out OK in the end. His lovely wife,
Mrs. Rogers was a bit upset with him though.
You see she’s pregnant with their 16th boy (that’s an exaggeration,
I think he’s really only their 4th or 5th boy, I lose
count), and Mr. Rogers has told her in the past that certain household items
(like a working oven/stove, washing machine, etc) can’t be purchased while in
their current financial state. I’m pretty sure that’s because he needs $500 at a moment’s notice to fix a boneheaded brain
dump every now and again! I’d look for
Mrs. Rogers to get something nice for Christmas this year… Something worth, oh…
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