Light Notes

Another use for key fob's red button

It’s been more than a week, and I’m still revved up about forgetting where we parked our car.

Some might tire of this topic. Not me.

What has me stalled on this subject is finding out that other people do the same thing.

On Facebook, friends readily admitted they have “misplaced” their car — and hopefully not the kids — more than once.

One great story came from Linda. Distressed over a recent “light-socket” hair perm, she dashed into the mall salon for a refund, leaving her two dogs locked in her car. But a wrong exit back to the parking lot had her wandering — and in tears; not so much over her missing vehicle, but at the thought of a thief driving off with her pets.

Turns out the canines spotted her smeared mascara in the distance and barked her back to the car. Maybe they should be in charge of parking, too.

Another friend, Ellen, also commented on playing hide and seek with a car, “If it weren’t such a popular activity, they wouldn’t have invented those red buttons on our keys.”

Evidently, panic has become commonplace.

During my diligent research that consists of steering around a bazillion results on the Internet, I found that deficit memory in airport parking and shopping mall garages is practically an American pastime.

The malls know this.

In California’s Santa Monica Place they’ve unveiled a “Find Your Car” system. All you have to do before wandering endlessly in the concrete jungle is to punch in your license plate number at a kiosk touch screen. Up pops a photo of your car and its location. However, if you’re driving a stolen vehicle — or late on your car payments — this garage may not be a good place to park.

Other technology and tips are out there to help confused drivers find their cars.

One gadget is the Auto-Finder that attaches to your keychain. It can locate a car, even in multi-layer concrete garages, up to a half mile away.

Another suggestion for remembering where you parked your vehicle is to take a photo of the location with your cell phone before rushing off to your destination.

These are good ideas, but while I’m not just trying to drive this topic into the ground, if people have trouble locating a car that’s bigger than a breadbox, how will they find their car keys or cell phone?

Just sayin’.