Image Courtesy of Cecco. I wonder if Johannus Adrianus Zoet knows he has his wallet?
I have found myself in the unenviable position of having lost my wallet sometime between getting into our seats on the airplane in Indianapolis last night and looking for said wallet this morning prior to our family trip to downtown Baltimore.
After a panicked phone call to the airport, the airline, and the restaurant where we ate dinner, it appears that the wallet is either well and truly lost, or I have found a remarkably good spot for it--so good, even I cannot find it. The good news is that there has not been any unauthorized activity on my credit or bank cards. No, the loss of my wallet is mostly problematic because I now have no way of proving my identity next week when I fly back home.
I called the Indiana BMV, which I did mostly for the vocal exercise, because I was fairly sure that there would not be anything that particular bastion of bureaucracy would be able to do for me. I was correct. I can apparently request a duplicate driver's license that will arrive in 7-10 business days, and no, there is no way to expedite that process. When I asked the BMV if there was anything I could do, they suggested that I call the TSA.
Luckily, the nice lady at Southwest told me that I could bring anything with my name on it (like a credit card, hardy-har-har) to prove my identity and just plan for some extra time to get through security as I will have the advanced security check. (I'm just hoping no rubber gloves are involved). Since J is heading home ahead of me, we'll plan on having him overnight my (expired) passport to me and I will plan on a friendly extra hour with the TSA next week.
On the plus side, LO did great on the airplane and the pilot even let us sit in the cockpit once we were landed and at the gate. Sadly, the child was less interested in the millions of buttons, levers, and lights than he was in my cell phone.
Overall, I think this will be a great trip, despite the two hours of outright panic from this morning. But now I know: mensches should keep photocopies of important documents somewhere accessible. You never know when your wallet will decide to move on to greener pastures.