Some people can find their phone on the first ring. But others — myself included — go through a wacky dance trying to locate the thing before the ringing stops.
Interviews with those who found their phones quickly turned up some good tips for keeping them easily accessible.
And I even found one woman who 'fessed up to doing what I do: stuffing her phone in her bra. This is handy but not recommended. Retrieval makes for a most interesting scene when you go to answer a call.
Nia Molina, 48, Elgin, Ill.
"I know it's in here … I think," said Molina as she checked her two coat pockets, then various zippered pockets in her shoulder bag.
"Come on, Mom. Come on. Come on," cheered her son, Mateo, 7, jumping up and down as she struggled to locate the phone for what seemed a very long time.
Molina says she just tosses the phone into her purse "at random" which is why it took her the longest of all those I interviewed — 16 (and 1/2) seconds — to locate the phone.
"At least I found it," she laughed.
Raven Andersen, 26, Memphis, Tenn.
Andersen boldly predicted it would take her "two seconds" to find her phone. It took more than twice that but a still-very-respectable five.
By putting the phone in the one and only outside zipper pocket of the only purse she ever carries, she says she always can get to the phone in time.
Susan Taylor, 57, Manchester, United Kingdom
Asked to show me her phone, stopwatch running, Taylor laughed and declared, "That is so unfair."
She took off her backpack, unzipped it, reached in for her purse — and found the phone in the purse side pocket. Fourteen seconds in all.
She tries to always buy "medium-size" purses. When they're bigger, "You can't find anything."
Lydia Davitt, 24, Minneapolis, Minn.