Yesterday I was sitting on the bottom stair putting on shoes. Now look at this picture and see if you can find the punch card.
You can see (above) why I couldn't find the card. But let's look a little closer - which I was able to do when I was putting on my shoes.
All I can imagine is that I pulled the various pieces of paper out of my shirt pocket at the stairs and the card somehow flew out and, against the odds, got caught in the molding. There are a lot of things that I misplace, and fret that I should have been paying better attention. I feel no guilt over this one. It was just a freak event. Now, if the card had slipped in there facing the other way around, I would have found it easily as you can see in the next picture.
[UPDATE 10:00am: In the comments, Barbara says she's reminded of Beethoven's Rage Over a Lost Penny, Vented in a Caprice. So, here, via Fledermaus1990's Youtube you can vent over whatever you've lost today.
In an untitled piece in Notes (June 1950) retrieved through JSTOR, Jacob Avshalomoff writes that Rage over the Lost Penny, Vented in a Caprice is
“a title made up by the first publisher, Diabelli, when he issued the work posthumously in 1828 from the same manuscript used by Dr. Hertzmann.”He goes on to say that Dr. Hertzmann’s edition after the manuscript resurfaced in 1945 is far superior to the Diabelli edition. He also tells us more about the piece itself:
Dr. Hertzmann demonstrates quite convincingly that the piece was not a late work, but was probably sketched by Beethoven between 1795 and 1798. He thinks that Beethoven did this as some preparatory “homework” for his frequent public demonstrations of ‘improvisation,” and that this is why the composer did not finish up the piece and have it published.”
Thanks Barbara for the tip here.