#19: take a photo of the tag you are given when leaving a coat in the cloakroom.

Someone, who works in the theatre, often tells tales of irate patrons demanding their checked-in items from the cloakroom be given over, even though they have lost their ticket. “My umbrella is the black one!” T#19 tip to slightly improve your life sounds quite sensible, especially if you are an A-1 Schlemihl as I am who regularly misplaces or loses things. I take photos of many important documents like my vaccine card and my dental insurance card. I also have photos of all my prescription bottles, lest I am called upon to recite my meds by rote. Mind! This security is counter-balanced by the fear of losing my cellphone with all these pretty pictures in it.* I solve this by putting between the phone and its case a card with my name/Someone’s phone number, and email address. ‘Be prepared’, say The Boy Scouts, and that goes double for hummingbird-brained types like Urs Truly.

While composing this essay, I had me a look-see at the photos in my cellphone. Curious! There are a few of these types of photos, otherwise the majority are memes or colourful abstracts good for wallpaper, which I change frequently. There is one photo of Harper, my dog, although it is an old one. There are no photos of people; no friends or family, and no photos taken on travel. Curious. I suppose this is because I know what they look like and I haven’t gone anywhere? **

Do you take photos of important documents and keep them in your phone?

What’s in your photos in your phone?

*All my cellphone cases haven been historically bright red or day-glow yellow, so they can be spotted across a room.

**Over the years I’ve become less interested in whipping out my cellphone to photograph every little fiddle-faddle. The other day I saw a video of Captain Jack Sparrow making an ingress onto a balcony in Disneyland to the roaring delight of the crowd below him. The entire audience were all holding up their phones, looking at them and not at Mr. Depp. I would have merely taken in the experience with my phone in my pocket.