Computer (and Other Stuff) Update: It’s Been Found! + ARC Giveaway

So first, the good news: My computer bag — and everything in it, including the computer, books and such — has been found. Turns out I didn’t leave it in the cab, I left it on the floor of the baggage claim at Reagan National Airport. Why did I do that? Because apparently I am a complete moron, that’s why. However, airports are really good these days at collecting up unattended bags.

What makes this kind of awesome (aside from, you know, getting all my stuff back) is how the folks at Reagan National tracked me down: They used one of the Redshirts ARCs from the bag. The ARC doesn’t have my contact information on it, but it does have contact information for my former publicist at Tor — so they called her, and she contacted my current publicist, who sent me an e-mail about it. So there you have it: Being an author finally pays off. As a way of thanking the fellow at Reagan National who thought to contact my publicist, I told him to feel free to take one of the ARCs as a token of my appreciation.

My computer bag will soon be winging its way back to me, and to celebrate that fact, and to commemorate the role of the Redshirts ARC in its return, I am now going to give away two Redshirts ARCs. All you have to do is put a note in this comment thread between this very instant and noon Eastern time, Thursday, May 24, 2012 Wednesday, May 23, 2012. I will then have my daughter and wife randomly select a time between now and then, and the posts closest to those times will win (in case of a tie, the one closest before the time they specify will win). One entry per person, please.

So leave a comment! My computer is coming home! w00t!

1070 Comments on “Computer (and Other Stuff) Update: It’s Been Found! + ARC Giveaway”

  1. I’d love to get my hands on one of the ARC’s. It would honestly be one of my most prized possessions.

  2. Glad to hear that your computer and bag were found safe and sound. It’s nice to hear of someone doing something kind at an airport. I hope the employee enjoys Redshirts!

  3. Congrats! Gives me hope that the woman who accidentally walked off with my partner’s cell phone by grabbing the wrong cart in the grocery store will similarly find a way to return it to him. But he’s not an author (yet)…

  4. Bruce Diamond – Flyover Land on the teeming Mississippi River – Despicably proud old man. Text-extruding asshole (thank you, John Scalzi) with a skewed vision on life, pop culture, writing and general assholiness. Not a scholar, not a gentleman, not Martin or Lewis. But still trying to make life fun and funny.
    Bruce Diamond

    Congratulations! (And congrats to me if I win an ARC.)

  5. Yay for the finding and safe-returning of things! The Reagan International people rock. And you rock, Mr. Scalzi, for giving away free stuff. Looking forward to my copy of Redshirts. ; )

  6. Yay! Congrats on the bag getting back to you. (Although your story acted as a cautionary tale and reminder all the way through my Seattle weekend as I vigilantly policed all our electronic devices on the plane and made sure they were all packed and all bags duly gathered from every taxi. So your moments of panic and sorrow were not in vain.)

  7. The question remains, is your bag o’ swag more or less dangerous, in the long term, than some kind of improvised marketing device?

  8. Would love an ARC! (even though I am going to download the novel {LEGALLY!} today) Who says print is dead? It’s kinda hard having your favorite author sign e-books!

  9. Yay for this! So very awesome! Does this mean that Athena will be getting your new back-up computer? ;-)

  10. In an age when almost every story about airports falls in the the complaining, “what a hassle”, category, it is refreshing to read one with such a happy ending. Almost reads like fiction given that it involved a computer, something that would seem to be on the top of the list of things to quickly snatch at an airport. Kudos to the staff at the airport for being so on top of things and for being good amateur detectives! :)

  11. Congrats. My life now exists almost entirely on my iPad; I’ve externalized so much of my memory and work thinking to it that I’d be lost without it.

  12. I would like a copy of Redshirts because I was truly concerned about your computer. I imagined it was in the possession of a conservative white male and honestly thought it would never return to you. Thank you.

  13. Yay! Glad you got your laptop back. And as it’s my birthday, I would dearly love an ARC to top off the day!

  14. Here’s to the employee at Reagan National, for use of initiative and triggering this giveaway.

    Pleased to hear you’re getting your laptop back too!

  15. Sure. I’d love one of these copies (although, I am planning on buying it anyway, but free is way nicer).. Hi Krissy! Hi Athena!

  16. Especially in an airport as busy as Reagan, it is really wonderful that your laptop bag was recovered without anything missing. What a nice way to restore faith in the kindness of strangers.

  17. A happy ending to a lost computer story. I’m almost surprised someone hasn’t created a “Scalzi’s Missing Computer” twitter account detailing its adventures.

  18. So glad your computer is coming home where it belongs. They don’t like feeling abandoned at airports. (Oh, yeah, and I would love one of them there ARC’s, please!)

  19. Wish I could be lucky enough to have missing items found. Can’t wait to read Redshirts and readin it via a free ARC would be even better

  20. I bet the person who found it feared the wraths of the internets (sic). Easier to go through Hades to return it to @Scalzi than to deal with that!

  21. Though I’m buying the audiobook when it comes out, having an ARC to read along with would really help me spell things correctly when I defame the book… er… review the book later. Mwuhahaha.

  22. Yay, that’s great! Just think of how much better you’ll feel when you give me a copy of your new book! :)

  23. Congrats! That is awesome and I’m truly impressed about the customer service. I’d love a copy of an ARC–but definitely buying as gifts, so don’t worry about losing money. W00t, indeed.

  24. I was just at a talk about the ways that people can use technology to track down missing laptops/phones/key drives. (For example, there’s this piece of software that will take a picture with the laptop’s camera every time the case is opened…) Love that this was a more analog solution.

  25. I’m very glad you are getting your stuff back John. I think we all know how in love you fell with your new computer last year.

  26. Glad you found your bag. Now I’m hoping for some good luck and hoping my timing is golden.

  27. Not everybody in DC is an asshole. It’s just…*puts on sunglasses*…a majority of us.

    YEEEAAAHHH!

  28. Here is the comment you requested. I can taste the arc goodness already.

    Glad to hear you got your laptop back. Who knows what Scalzi Sekrit Projects might have been leaked onto the interwebs!

  29. Thankfully they opened it to check the contents rather than preemptively blowing it up … “just in case”

  30. Oh, crap, didn’t read the part about the little(r) lady reading this. Uh, can you change that to “thief”?

  31. I read the first four chapters so I think you’re obligated to give me the whole thing for free now. Otherwise it’s just kinda sadistic.

  32. I’m happy to hear that you are getting it all back. I’ve lost a computer at the airport (along with an entire suitcase) and know how lucky you are.

  33. Congrats on the improbable happy ending! Looking forward to the book, whether won or purchased from my local independent. I’ve enjoyed your stuff since way back in the Playstation mag days.

  34. Congratulations on not having your wayward bag detonated under controlled circumstances at the orders of wary Homeland Security officials. Although how awesome would THAT have been?

  35. I am glad you’re getting your bag back! And I’m glad that a good human was the one who found the bag!

  36. I’m enjoying the sample chapters in iBooks and I’ve liked your past books, so I’ll have a go at getting an ARC.

  37. Hey, great news! I’m actually kind of surprised that an unattended bag at an international airport didn’t send the TSA folks into full-on terrorism lockdown mode. Nice that they didn’t blow your laptop up with a robot.

    And… er… can those ARCs go to people outside the US? Because if so, count this as me throwing my hat in the ring.

  38. So exciting that they were able to track you down! Yay for good people going the extra mile!

  39. This must have been one of the most famous “lost item” cases in intarweb history. Congrats on the safe recovery of your stuff.

  40. Glad you got your bag back. My cold, dead heart didn’t think you stood a chance of getting it back.

  41. So good to hear stories about people doing the right thing! I think it happens more often than we know, but the internet is great for getting the word out. Glad you get your computer and books back (what would writers do without them!) and I’d love to win an ARC!

  42. An ARC would be lovely, but you know I’ll just buy an ebook version when that comes out if you don’t. Which may not necessarily be the best incentive for you give me one, now that I think about it. :)

  43. azizhp – West Hills, CA – I blog about politics at Aziz for America (https://www.patheos.com/blogs/azizpoonawalla/) and about geeky stuff at Haibane (http://haibane.info)
    aziz poonawalla

    Pick me! Pick me! (Or rather, my timeslot, randomly)

  44. Shedrick – Denton, TX – I am a professional librarian and a part-time writer that's working to do that the other way around. I currently live in North Texas in the lovely city of Denton (“The Home of Happiness“) with my lovely wife and the obligatory demon-spawn cats. When not writing, gaming, or watching cheezy kung-fu flicks, I can sometimes be found in a pub (or the American equivalent) enjoying a fine brew.
    Shedrick

    Right…what’s an ARC? (with apologies to Bill Cosby)

    Grats on the return of your goods!

  45. Congrats on getting your bag back. But since you have already replaced it, you can give me the Macbook Air, since you don’t need it anymore. :D

  46. Glad to hear your laptop is being returned-any plans for an Incredible Journey/Lassie Come Home movie about your laptop’s epic journey from Wahington D.C. to a tearful reunion with its owner?

  47. Glad to hear you got the computer back, and I would love to take an ARC off your hands in celebration. In return, I formally offer to bribe you with Coke Zero if we should meet again at a convention.

  48. You’re lucky you got it back in one piece. In certain regions of the world an unattended bag at an airport will get a bullet in the center to make sure it is safe. Huzzah for the safe return!

  49. I never win this kind of thing, but, you know, whatever.
    Seriously congrats on the recovery – losing electronics nowadays seems tantamount to a partial lobotomy.

  50. Glad you got everything back. Very glad they didn’t do a preventive detonation on it. (There is a fun job: checking out left luggage at airports.).

    Throwing my post in for the arc. Traveling in Europe so no idea which time you’ll use, but c’est la vie.

  51. There is nothing like locating something you thought was lost. Thanks for sharing your happiness with free awesome books!

  52. I’m playing on the Easy setting so this should be no problem for me. (sits back, waits for things to drop out of the sky into his lap)

  53. ME! Me, me, me, me, me, me, me!

    Pick MY time! It’s an excellent time, because it’s right NOW!

    Umm. Except later it’ll be then, before …

    But, it’s NOW, now.

    So, ME. Please?

  54. Angela Korra'ti – Author of the Free Court of Seattle series as Angela Korra'ti, and of the Rebels of Adalonia series as Angela Highland. Geek, fangirl, musician, and raving admirer of Newfoundland and Quebecois traditional music. Also a.k.a. Anna the Piper!
    annathepiper

    Oh AWESOME, so glad you’re getting the computer back and everything else in the bag!

    And um yeah also, I’d totally like one of those ARCs. ;D

  55. DangerKitty – I like my family, running, triathlon, F/SF and my job. I use my job to pay for the others. I believe in doing the right thing even when no one is watching.
    Randall

    yay John! Now I want to be a rich and famous author so that my lost stuff will find its way home to me.

  56. Wow, there are a lot of comments already! I’d love an ARC; will end up reading it from the library, and waiting to buy it when it comes out in mmpb, budget constraints being what they are…

    That said, I am so very, very glad it was found and is being returned to you. (My life and memory are pretty much contained on my Palm Pilot, what with the cognitive function error/damage crap, so I can understand how irritating it was to not have your laptop with you.)

    Also appreciate the cautionary tale of keeping information backed up. *grin*

  57. I hate losing stuff like that! Where you’re not even conscious you left it. I left my wallet in class once, just set it on the table in front of me, and once class was done I gathered up all my stuff, and left, even though it was sitting right there in plain view.

  58. It’s amazing how once. Get fixated on an idea (like I left the bag in the taxi), we stop considering other possibilities. I’ve even convinced myself that I have e memory of doing something that is later proven I couldn’t have done.

  59. Shane – This is the personal web page of Shane Halbach. I am a software engineer, happily married and living in Chicago with my wife, three kids and one nuisance cat. I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University, and a Masters of Software Engineering from Penn State. In addition to Chicago, I have lived in Fort Wayne, IN and Philadelphia, PA. I have been accused of being obsessed with pirates, bacon, zombies and my kids (not necessarily in that order). I'm a knitter, guitar player, budding accordionista, board and card game enthusiast, as well as an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I have been blogging more or less regularly since 2004. Before creating this site, I blogged under the handle erith1, on both LiveJournal and Wordpress.com. Inquiries can be directed to info@shanehalbach.com
    Shane

    This has got to be the easiest context I’ve ever entered…

  60. I totally voted for you to get your computer back in the universe karma continuum.

  61. Rob Wynne – Seattle, WA – Chair of Georgia Filkcon; musician, songwriter, essayist & dilettante-at-large. Almost certainly not what you expect. (they/them)
    yourownfacts

    This is also a great illustration on why it’s always best to end relationships (professional or otherwise, but especially professional) on the best possible terms. Imagine the conversation if you’d burned bridges with your former publicist:

    “This is Reagan National Airport. We’re calling about John Scalzi?”
    “Did his plane crash?”
    “Um, no.”
    “Oh. Bored now.” *click*

    Unable to track you down, your laptop bag ends up in that giant warehouse where they keep the Ark of the Covenant and the crashed Area 51 spaceship. Fade to black. Roll credits.

    It’s all very sad.

  62. What happy news! I’m sort of surprised it didn’t get blown up, though.

    I once lost a bag- empty, but a souvenir from a trip. We couldn’t figure out where it went. Then, roughly three and a half years later, I found it at my daughters’ day care. It had apparently been used to transport something to day care when daughter #1 was a baby, and somehow fallen out of her cubby and gotten mixed with the toys. Three and a half years later, when daughter #2 joined that particular room, I saw the bag in with the toys and reclaimed it. It was such unexpected good luck, it made my week.

    I’m glad you didn’t have to wait that long.

  63. I’d love a copy, but really “Being an author finally pays off.” may be the best line I’ve read in awhile. (Clearly I need to stop reading so much work related stuff.)

  64. John – He chose to sample life through a seemingly random series of occupations... I make wine, beer, music and very cool stuff out of wood. Sometimes I write words
    John Clark

    Glad you got the computer back!

  65. tsk tsk John, how long did you live here but somehow manage not to internalize the unattended bag mantra? Glad you got it back!

  66. woo-freakin-hoo!!!!! So glad your stuff turned up.

  67. traemurnane – I write things. Now I want to share them. Hope you like them. Tea's my drug of choice, dogs are my spirit animals. I collect pretty rocks, hike and garden. Books are my kryptonite.
    Tracey

    Here’s to responsible people who GIVE things back. As opposed to the guy in my town that stole someone’s ipad (and other assorted things) who was busted when the police and rightfully disgruntled ipad owner used the Find my Ipad app. They tracked down the missing device and LO! the moron who stole it was caught red-handed while using it. Ipad returned, moron arrested.

  68. Lysana – Awfully eclectic for a Celtic Reconstructionist. Or is that the other way around? I've been around the blogosphere before, but I'm reverting to a pseudonym to keep the family peace. Said pseud is my Second Life name. I might still blog that now and again, too. Just because.
    lysana

    Glad to hear you got your computer back!

  69. I would probably die if I lost my laptop. Also: hit me with one of those ARCs, because the four chapter preview made me want this book so, so badly.

  70. I’d love a copy of Redshirts! I’m glad you got your computer back. :)

  71. It’s probably a bad idea to insult you about how stupid you were for leaving behind your bag in an airport. If I don’t get the ARC, I will blame it on my own rudeness.

  72. Isn’t leaving a bag unattended some form of massive no-no? I’m surprised the bomb squad didn’t detonate it in place. Glad you’re getting it back.

  73. adventuresfantastic – Physically in Texas, but mentally in various places in my imagination. – I'm a middle-aged guy with a wife, a wonderful son adopted from Kazakhstan, and two dogs adopted from the animal shelter. I have advanced degrees in physics and am currently with one of the major universities in Texas.
    adventuresfantastic

    I’m glad your computer and all assorted items have been found and returned to you. These types of situations rarely turn out like this.

  74. Stephanie – New York – Stephanie is a West-to-East-Coast transplant and lover of sci-fi and fantasy, good beers, good books, and all things breakfast.
    Stephanie

    Fabulous way to choose winners… (hint: pick me!) And congrats on the return of your lost computer!

  75. Rachel – Software engineer from Seattle, working on instant messaging for my day job. Also a dressage rider and freelance photographer outside of work, as well as an aspiring writer. Sometimes I even have interesting things to say!
    Rachel

    You know, there’s probably a story to be written about the Adventurous Little Laptop that gets lost and has to find its way home. Something sort of halfway between The Brave Little Toaster and Incredible Journey.

  76. Glad you got everything back. Hate loosing things like that. It seems a piece of your life is gone when you loose your computer.

  77. Congrats on getting you bag back!

  78. I once dropped my iPod Classic somewhere in the DC Metro system and filed a lost-property report online. Every single person that I told about it said a version of “you’ll never get that back”, but everyone said they themselves would get it back to the person who lost it, of course. It must be tiring to live surrounded by bad people. I generally assume that people are decent and I do okay. (I did get the iPod back.)

  79. Wow! For someone who left a bag at an airport, you were lucky twice! The finders were a) honest and b) not so paranoid they blew it up, just in case it was a bomb.

    Good news, except no excuse to buy a new tablet, I guess.

  80. Very happy you got your Mac back. I’d love a copy of Redshirts. If you don’t give me one, I’ll just have to buy it.

  81. Ensley F. Guffey – Ensley F. Guffey is an author and historian of american popular culture. His is the co-author with K. Dale Koontz of <i>Wanna Cook? The Complete, Unofficial Guide to Breaking Bad</i> (ECW Press 2014), and is currently working on their second collaboration, <i>Dreams Given Form: The Unofficial Companion to the Babylon 5 Universe</i> (forthcoming, fall 2016). Ensley has also published academic articles on <i>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</i>, <i>Breaking Bad</i>, <i>Marvel's The Avengers</i>, <i>Farscape</i>, and <i>Babylon 5</i>. In between books, Dale and Ensley lead the carefree lives of pop-culture scholars, speaking at academic conferences, fan conventions, and otherwise obsessing about TV, Joss Whedon, comics, books, and films while forging their own version of "happily ever after," which generally involves buying more bookshelves.
    efguffey

    Glad you got your stuff back. Can I have some of it? Like an ARC copy, maybe?

  82. I hate losing shit. It’s like an itch you can’t scratch. I still mourn a nice hunk of rib eye steak I left behind in a restaurant 22 years ago. I can only imagine losing my MacBook. :( That being said, yay for you getting your stuff back. I loaned my OMW trilogy to my sister-in-law in Texas last month, and it arrived in the mail yesterday. So, yay for me too.

  83. It makes me feel just a little better about the world that someone tracked you down to return your bag. I’m happy you will get your stuff back!

  84. Like a few other commenters, I’m surprised they didn’t blow it up before opening it, since that seems to be the SOP around DC for unattended bags. Lucky save! I would LOVE an ARC.

  85. Dear John,

    Why not let your significant other(s) pick ALL the contest winners?

    Hopefully, they’re open to blatant pandering. You’ve been characteristically unreceptive (or unaware) in the past.

    … you could let Ghlaghghee weigh in on this too. I bet someone (else?) in your house can be bribed with bacon and praise.

  86. alumiere – "Dainty Punk". Broken. Angry at pretty much the whole f**king world and everything in it - including myself.
    alumiere

    I’d love one please. Of course I’m going to buy it anyway – in audiobook form because my boy prefers them to paper and it’s time he reads some @scalzi.

  87. So glad you got everything back! I was hoping everything would work out. Now, here’s hoping for an ARC!

  88. My wife has had similar luck. She’s left her cell phone in airport shuttle vans and an airport restroom and so far had always gotten it back.

  89. Congratulations! A colleague of mine left his computer bag in the trunk of a cab. . .in Beijing. The story of How He Got His Bag Back is a bit longer, a bit more tense, but ultimately as happy-ending-y as yours, I’m pleased to say. Enjoy. Now. . .velcro that bad boy to your arm.

  90. Glad they didn’t just blow it up. A “Redshirts” ARC would be a lovely get well present for my wife, Paula.

  91. Holy mother of pearl, you are a luck person. Great news! Please, please pick me! ::hands waving:: I just pre-ordered Redshirts yesterday but I would LOVE an ARC. I just started collecting books of my favorite authors and I would really love to have this book. By the way, a big congratulations on his Nebula win. I saw the picture of him and @neilhimself. :)). PICK ME, PICK ME PICK. :)))

  92. Happy to hear this story has a happy ending. It’s always a bummer when you lose things, and it’s always wonderful when they come back.

  93. Yay for the recovery of your stuff! I’d be even happier if you’d continued to call the place National (as I’m sure I remember your doing the other day) instead of Reagan National, but one can’t have everything. Here is my entry, in any case. :-)

  94. Oh no, I fly a lot and am always terrified I’m going to leave my laptop or some other bag somewhere in an airport, I’m sorry it happened to you and am glad to hear it’s on your way safely. I always have cards from my blog in my bag, so hopefully that will help me out if ever it does get mislaid!

  95. I’m glad your bag and computer was found! The twitter suspense was palpable for a while there. Also glad that a reasonable human being with kindly inclinations found it and made the effort to contact you. Bonus. I believe you’re now obliged to pay it forward and I’ll be interested to see how that pans out. I don’t need the freebie, because I’m guaranteed to buy Redshirts when it goes to softcover anyway. Give it to someone good, though.

  96. And now the Acer netbook will be left out, all sad and lonely. Let’s hope he’s not planning on bricking your MBA :)

  97. Daniel O. Casey – I'm online, and always available, given 48 hours for a window. I'm a father, a son, a brother, and a nephew, oh and for a little while longer I will be a grandson and a step-grandson. I'm a husband, and an ex-husband. Mostly I'm tired, broken, and driven to write... Cheers. DOC
    Daniel O. Casey

    Congratulations on the returns, sometimes things do work out, sometimes.

  98. ghryswald – Brisbane, Australia – Paratrooper, geek, gamer, brewer, filker, software quality assurance professional. Creator of The Original Cubicle Lawn Kit.
    ghryswald

    I’m a bad follower, John. I just can’t find the time to read your blog every day, or even month for that matter. Sorry ’bout that. But I do buy your books, so you’ve got that going for you.

    After reading your post about Easy Mode though, I’ll try harder.

    Very glad you got your stuff back. I almost had a similar experience while putting my clothes back on after becoming closer to my fellow man (TSA). I was 10 steps away and doing the “have I got all my stuff in my pockets mini-Macarena” when I hit an empty pocket and immediately felt the blood drain from my head. Had I been pickpocketed? Did someone grab my bin from the belt? OMFG, I need that stuff!

    I then endured 10 minutes of interrogation and lecturing by the TSA. “Why did you leave that sitting there?” “Prove that’s yours.” “Do you care that you’re slowing our process down?”

    Anyway, I can completely understand leaving something behind at an airport. When you’ve got to practically disrobe and sort 5 piles of carry-on things into 4 different bins, things happen.

  99. I left a camcorder in a Beijing taxi once — wish I could’ve had your luck in getting it back! But if I win an ARC, I’ll consider it an even trade.

  100. Gratz on getting the stuff back!
    And +1 for the folks who worked to get it back to you.

    /crosses finger for winning the ARC.

  101. Erbo – Second Life Resident, EVE Online capsuleer, virtual community maven, software engineer, computer geek, SF fan, conservative, cat lover. Also, The Game.
    Erbo

    Good news: Your computer is winging its way home to you.

    Equally good news: Now you have an Acer netbook that you can experiment with. Perhaps you could try to put Linux on it, or Android, or Chrome OS, or something really exotic.

  102. Congrats in getting your stuff back! It’s amazing! I used to travel a lot and always feared losing stuff like that.

  103. Lola – I consider myself polycraftual, and spend my free time creating everything from pies to jewelry to sweaters. I incorporate my love of bacon and Star Wars (and other geeky things) into as many of my projects as possible. I have designed for major knitting magazines including Knitscene, Jane Austen Knits, Clotheshorse, and the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits/Knitting Wizardry, as well self-publishing patterns on Ravelry. My work will also be seen in an upcoming Cooperative Press publication. I currently work full time for a major yarn company, answering questions about knitting and crochet patterns. I began knitting as a teenager and added crochet to my repertoire several years ago (in addition to weaving, needlepoint, jewelry making, paper crafting, painting, etc. and so on ad nauseum). I started out modifying patterns for myself, then moved into designing for myself from scratch, and finally beginning designing for the world at large. Since I began working full time with yarn, cooking and baking have become my "relaxation" hobbies.
    Laura

    Yay for you and hopefully for me!

  104. I’d love a new read, and a John Scalzi book would be a great way to do that.

    Yes, I’m sucking up.

  105. Yay! I almost left my watch behind at security once.

    The TSA agent scolded me about it, not caring that I was traveling alone with a cat. For the record, one must remove the cat from his carrier and hold it while the carrier goes thru the x-ray machine, praying that he doesn’t freak out and bolt and ruin one’s travel plans. I’m so sorry I forgot about my watch, TSA dude.

  106. John, sir, dear host, puh-leeze do not encourage the use of “Reagan” when referring to Washington National Airport. Even The Washington Post,* which was the most influential purveyor of the “Reagan National” style (starting soon after the renaming in early 1998), uses merely “National” on second reference.

    *As mentioned in one of my replies last year, the Post’s “Reagan National” style can best be understood as the Post’s way of kissing Newt Gingrich’s butt when he was Speaker. Specifically, the House version of the bill had dropped the “Washington” entirely, which was retained in the Senate version and was ultimately preserved in the bill that reached President Clinton’s desk. That is, the use of “Reagan National” is tantamount to saying that the House version may as well have prevailed, and plays right into the hands of the political successors of Gingrich.

  107. glad you got your mac back, kudos to the folks at Reagan National

  108. I would love an ARC.

    And what a relief, that they’re returning your stuff. Losing my laptop is up there on the list of worst nightmares.

  109. themidlistblog – I honestly have no idea what I'm doing here. I'm just a book loving schlub from the Pacific Northwest who wanted to do something creative and maybe help out some authors with some extra exposure.
    Robert Junker

    Congrats on getting your stuff back. And thanks for the opportunity for another chance at Redshirts.

  110. Glad to hear you got all your things back. Reminds me of the time my wife got her wallet back when the woman who found it called our dentist’s office (the dentist’s business card being the only phone number in the wallet).

    Looking forward to reading the new book :)

  111. WOW! I love how you give stuff away so creatively – it makes not winning . . . almost like winning (except without the winning!)

  112. “[A]irports are really good these days at collecting up unattended bags.”

    I’m kind of surprised they don’t just remotely blow them up.

  113. Congratulations on the return of your computer! Our long, national nightmare is over!

  114. So glad you are getting your stuff back !
    And I shall keep my fingers crossed that I might get lucky with an ARC

  115. Glad your bag and contents are returning to you, rather than suffering the traditional fate of a red shirt. “Well done” to the person who figured out to contact your publicist, your generosity to them, and of course, to us. Good karma makes the world such a better place.

    I’d love to win an Advance Reader’s Copy of /Red Shirts, of course.

  116. so all you need to do to get a legal ARC copy is to steal Mr. Scalzi’s computer bag, return it, then win the ensuing contest? sounds like a plan. John better watch his computer bag.

  117. Taylor Campbell – Richmond, VA – I do web development. Rails and React. I have a beautiful wife and a daughter and a son, all of whom are amazing. :)
    Taylor Campbell

    Bahaha. Contest.

  118. Congrats! It’s always extra-great when you find something that you’ve already written off as lost.

    Also, note posted and fingers crossed!

  119. So if you were giving out an ark of Redshirts it would be kinda tragic, but an ARC of Redshirts is awesome!

  120. Andrea – Mobile, AL – technology librarian; lover of curiosities, books & gadgets; web junkie; night owl; venturesome paladin
    Andrea

    Congrats! Perhaps I should wait for a less common commenting time…

  121. That’s great that you found your stuff. And as someone who unfortunately has to fly in a couple weeks I’m taking your tale as a cautionary example. And I would love to have an ARC for you to sign when you’re in MN this summer.

  122. Excellent news! I just got a new laptop, and leaving it somewhere like that ranks high on my Things I Shouldn’t Really Worry About But Do Anyway list. Glad to hear that it’s back.

  123. You mean the person at the lost & found desk wasn’t already a fan of your writing? Anyway, hoping to get that ARC.

  124. You’re really lucky, John. I was at BWI earlier this year and left my jacket on a chair in the terminal, which happened to have my iPod with 80g of audiobooks on it in the pocket. I realized as as soon as I started to board the plane. I turned around, and my jacket was gone. Nobody at BWI had seen it.

  125. Twas brilig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe. All mimsy were the borogoves and the mome raths outgrabe.

  126. Considering that an unattended bag in the airport usually provokes a response similar to the that of the sock in Monsters Inc. you are very lucky to get it back. It is even more amazing that someone made an effort to track you down. Not that a copy of your book is not a great thing, but really. You just got back a thousand dollar computer. Throw the guy a C-note at least.

  127. Donna Leonard – Southern California – I like to write, read, knit, crochet, watch movies, watch way too much television, listen to music and play Drawsomething 2 somewhat obsessively, not necessarily in that order. You can find my irregular blog at: http://manicmeanderings.blogspot.com/ 3 kids: Twenty-three-year-old boy/girl twins, and a thirteen-year-old girl. 3 cats: fourteen-year-old female, three-year-old female, and a two-year-old male
    Donna Leonard

    I think I actually breathed a sigh of relief when I read the subject line to this post! So glad your bag and all the contents were returned!

  128. Yay for things that are found and returned and yay for honest people willing to put a bit of effort into finding you! I’ve had a couple such experiences myself and it does restore a tiny bit of faith in the human race.

  129. Alicia A. Diaz – Greater Atlanta Area, Georgia, USA – Voice Actor and Audio Producer at Bright Voice Audio
    Alicia

    Hooray for the prodigal bag!

  130. Michael R. Johnston – Sacramento, CA – Father of an eighth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Forty-nine years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA
    johnstonmr

    The Dance of Returning Laptops has commenced.

  131. That truly is a miracle – left my ugly but special sweater at the airport and never got it back – though someone probably just threw it in the garbage it was that ugly

  132. That’s very good news! Both for you (you’ve found the bag, etc.) and for us (give-away!!) :)

  133. I first thought it was odd that they did that, because how would they know you’re the author? But then I remembered that you wrote that you had your name all over your stuff and even I would’ve made that connection. I feel silly now. *coughs*
    Btw, I’m a bookseller, so I get to read ARC all the time which is awesome and made me discover tons of books I’d never had touched otherwise. While I love living in my country, the only downside is that I can’t get any english ARCs. Owing at least one would be great. *gg*

  134. Hey! What an excellent development & congrats on your (hopefully) low-pain retrieval.

  135. How lucky that they didn’t hose it down or smoosh it or throw it off a tall building!
    Congratulations!

  136. As much as I want a Redshirts arc (and let there be no doubt: I really, really want one), I’m equally happy your bag was found. I work for an airline, and our baggage folks are some unsung heroes doing everything they can to reunite lost possessions with their owners. Let’s face it, we only travel with the items we truly need. When those items are lost, it hurts. Glad you’re getting it back!

  137. This is my entry. There are many entries, but this is mine. :)

    Glad you got your stuff back. There ARE good folks in the world! :)

  138. ‘grats on the bag! I’ll take an ARC, but I’ll probably be buying it via B&N ebook as well, so you won’t lose any money. *That’s* the kind of service you get when you deal with SFF fans!

  139. i want this but as i am leaving for the Galapgos in the morning, ARCs are not appropriate. i plan on paying a fortune for internet on the release date so i can read it to a blue footed boobie.

  140. Wonderful! I’m so glad you have your things back, and that you can let go of any leftover disappointment in humanity over it. And now you have a backup laptop! Or, given how quickly they age, an excellent incentive to offer for some future niftiness. Win/win.

  141. Great news and hoping I’m just as lucky with this comment…

  142. Congrats on getting your gear back and a free book giveaway is an excellent way to celebrate!

  143. I would love to get a copy! I’m reading the first four chapters from Amazon and can’t wait to find out what happens afterward!

  144. Yay! And I’d love one of the ARCs.

    You’re not an idiot. You were fuddled and distracted by the very fuddling and distraction atmosphere of baggage claim.

  145. Oh! I don’t know what to write! But congratulations on getting your things back!
    I’m sure little Air appreciates getting back home.

  146. I’m really happy and amazed you got your stuff back. Wow, you must have done something really good to promote that much positive Karma. I’d love an arc. :)

  147. heathernovotny – The Salt Lake City Obama Mamas is a newly organized community service group inspired by President Barak Obama's call to service, and created to serve our community.
    HNovotny

    People can be great! Glad you got your stuff back.

  148. Yes, please? =) Glad to hear you got your bag back. Yay for honest people! Perhaps there could be a future movie in the works…the heart-wrenching story of a wayward bag, alone in the midst of strangers, making an epic cross-country journey to be reunited with its adoring owner…wait, that’s already been done with adorable animals. Never mind.

  149. Who says there are no honest people in the World any longer? Cheers to the Reagan Airport workers.

  150. Glad you got your stuff back, and that the TSA didn’t take it for something more sinister than a laptop and some books.

    I doubt it will happen, but here’s hoping I get an ARC! ;-)