28 Storm Drains.
That is how many there are between the exit from Highway 385 to the building where my wife works. I know this because I counted them on Wednesday.
I assume there are the same number between her office and the on-ramp back to Hwy 385.
This was important on Tuesday of this week when I set my Blackberry Bold 9900 in its Otterbox facedown on the roof of her car and forgot about it until we got home, 10 miles away. When I realized I did not have it and went back for it, all I could think about was how much grass and weeds there was on the sides of the road and how many storm drains there were, any one of which could have been where it fell, never to be seen again. I walked up and down the road, drove up and down and basically wasted an hour looking for my electronic crutch, all to no avail.
As it happens, the Otterbox provided just enough gripping to hold it on the roof while she went from 0 to 40 and drove the 1 1/2 miles to the Highway. It came off the roof as she accelerated to 65. I know this because I found the Otterbox and, a few feet away, the Blackberry on the shoulder of the top of the on-ramp. The back of the Blackberry has some new scratches, but is otherwise a-okay and fully functional. My best guess is either it was hit by another car, which knocked the Otterbox and Blackberry apart, or they came apart when they hit the ground and bounced.
In any case, KUDOS to Otterbox!!
And, as Barbara Gatewood was quick to point out, the lesson in this is Don’t Leave Your Phone On the Roof of the Car. Don’t even set it down there. Stick it in your pocket if you must. AND MAKE A GOOD BACKUP OFTEN !