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.
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- 5 seconds: Patricia Garber, 45, Eureka, Ill.
- 14 seconds: Susan Taylor, 57, Manchester, United Kingdom
- 16.5 seconds: Nia Molina, 48, Elgin, Ill.
- Not applicable: Donna Hartley, 73, Sundridge, Ontario, Canada
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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