All it took was 5 seconds of distraction on my part and I knew the word PANIC more intimately than I had in the preceding 34 years on earth.
On Monday, finished work in the client office in sunny Madrid and went straight to the airport. As I was going through security I dutifully took out my laptop. Had a small bottle of water in the bag and madrid airport security guy flagged it. Irritated, I asked if I could drink the water right there. Agent with room temperature IQ said NO. I angrily chucked it into dustbin, walked off in a huff. Boarded. Took off. Landed. Hello Lisbon!
Checked into the hotel. Went to my room. 10 PM. Decided to catch up on the never ending emails. Opened my laptop bag. NO LAPTOP inside!!!!
6 months of client project work ….. GONE. The first 90 seconds of realization in that hotel room was me cursing pure unprintable curses. Calmed down. Googled. Found number. Called LOST AND FOUND in Madrid Airport. Was told to ring up at 7 AM. Most tense unsleepable ugly night of the year. Called airport at 7 AM sharp. Was told to call at 10 AM. This is Iberia afterall. Rush is a 4 letter word there. Called at 10 AM. Was told to buzz at 11 AM. Called around 11 AM and….anddddddddd……they had it.
Booked a return flight for wednesday (today) to Madrid. Work up at 5 AM. Grabbed a quick breakfast. Boarded. Landed into Madrid at 9 AM. Went straight to Lost and Found. Lady was helpful. Collected the laptop. Wept happy tears on the inside when I was reunited with precious hardware. Never knew a shitty HP company issued laptop would ever make an employee so happy to boot it up. Immediately went back to Madrid office. Worked for a bit. Never ever ever wanted to go through the hellish experience again of lost data and panic. So learnt up on ROBOCOPY and created a BAT script for automatic daily laptop data backup (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/187346-robocopy-create-backup-script.html). Had a delicious Spanish celebratory lunch at a hidden gem of a restaurant near the office. Huevos Rotos con Chistorra: A fried egg on top of fried potatoes with some fried Spanish sausage (how can something with 3 basic ingredients be so very delicious????).
Wrapped up shortly. Went back the airport. checked in. Logged into the stingy 15 minute Wifi they generously offer at Madrid-Barajas airport. Looked up Yelp.com for a good Sushi option in Lisbon. Found it. Then wrote this blog up so I never forget what 5 seconds of distraction can cost me.