I'm sitting in an airport and I can smell bread baking. Who bakes bread in an airport? Subway? It doesn't matter. It smells great even though I am not hungry.
Did you know that some airlines won't check your luggage if you arrive more than 4 hours early for your flight? It's true.
I am on a streak of losing things and leaving things behind out of distraction and carelessness. Some of them I find (keys) and some of them I don't. This may mean something (stress? fatigue?). But I'm sure there's a better week ahead.
A completely hypothetical and in no way real situation: Let's say you know how to do something and have the equipment to do it and it's an essential feature of a conference--a Jenga-building machine, let's say. The speakers are supposed to build with Jenga, but in the spirit of academics everywhere, the Jenga-building hall has not provided the right equipment and although most speakers are gracious, a very few speakers are too something (too proud? too lazy? too invested in their Jenga incompetence as a mark of their vast intellectual acumen? ) to bring their own equipment and make sure that the Jenga-building will proceed apace.
You hurl yourself into the breach just to be a decent person and, since you have the equipment, set it up and help them with Jenga-building during their presentations. Later, you hear complaints from a few audience members, not about your Jenga-building help but generalized griping that the Jenga-building should have been faster, smoother, and easier. If you had not helped the speakers, their presentations would have had no Jenga at all.
Two questions: Would you (1) do it all over again if the same conditions came up because most speakers are decent and gracious or (2) "accidentally" leave your Jenga-building equipment behind the next time?
And to the person who said, "Someone ought to get in there and check out the Jenga-building equipment throughly and and in advance," what do you say? (1) "I'm glad you volunteered to do that." (2) "As a random audience member who isn't any part of organizing the conference, I'll get right on that" (3) Other.