I’m a serial donor of some things to the public good - primarily umbrellas and earphones. 2013 has been a bad year for me; the London Underground is richer to the tune of 3 umbrellas and 2 pairs of earphones, and in addition to this, I lost a set of keys in a taxi, and an Oyster card and my work pass in a bus on Christmas Eve. None of these things were recovered. I have now given up buying anything but ultra-cheap umbrellas and earphones, because I keep losing the nice ones.
I hope I’m not the only person who loses things serially; so I invite you to share your talents in this regard. It will help me feel like less of an idiot, and how can that be a bad thing? Also, any useful tips you have to not donate things involuntarily will be gratefully received (and probably written down and lost, but hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?). “Tie them to your hands” is not useful advice.