Do you know where your phone is?

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3 seconds: Lydia Davitt, 24, Minneapolis, Minn.

It took cyclist Davitt only three seconds to yank the phone out of the pocket of her fleece. She had just put it there for the last seven miles of a 500-mile, five-day bike ride.

Most of the trip the phone was in a pack attached to her bike in a plastic bag inside another plastic bag covered by a rain cover. "I'd hear the phone ringing but I wouldn't even attempt to answer it because I knew I'd never get to it in time." Serious cycling with a phone in your pocket, she says, is "annoying" and uncomfortable. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune / October 27, 2010)

It took cyclist Davitt only three seconds to yank the phone out of the pocket of her fleece. She had just put it there for the last seven miles of a 500-mile, five-day bike ride.

Most of the trip the phone was in a pack attached to her bike in a plastic bag inside another plastic bag covered by a rain cover. "I'd hear the phone ringing but I wouldn't even attempt to answer it because I knew I'd never get to it in time." Serious cycling with a phone in your pocket, she says, is "annoying" and uncomfortable.

Patricia Garber, 45, Eureka, Ill.

Garber knows precisely which of the two zippered pockets of her purse to go to and extracts the phone in five seconds.

That's because she meticulously returns the phone to the same pocket of her purse every time. The same goes for her car keys. "I know people who switch purses for their outfit. I think it's a good idea to always have the same purse."

Donna Hartley, 73, Sundridge, Ontario, Canada

"Peter (her husband) and I must be the only two people in the world who don't carry a cell phone."

"They contribute to the dehumanizing of society," he says.

"My daughter keeps trying to give me her old one and I can't be bothered. We don't find it necessary. If I want to call somebody I'll go out and find a phone. I've never been stuck," Donna Hartley declares.

How to keep track of your cell phone:

Always put it in the same place after use — no exceptions

Use the same purse every day

Pants, coat pockets are best but need to be deep, secure

In a colorful case it's easier to find

Most "cell phone pockets" on purses are useless

Don't carry purses with lots of zippers — too confusing

Rubbery case prevents slippage from pants or purse side pocket

Don't hear it? Try vibrate or ring/vibrate combo to feel it too

Backpacks will drive you mad

Nerd alert: On your belt is convenient but lame
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