When you discover a magical object, sometimes magical thinking is required.
There are three fundamental rules governing the persistence of Airpods in this universe.
- Airpods must be continuously held by another object.
- Only three things can hold them:
— your ears
— your hands
— their charging-case
- They cannot be held by any other objects or containers in the universe.
- If Rule 2 is not being followed, see Rule 1.
Airpods are magic in that— like some quantum bit — they are, at best, tenuously in one’s own particular brand of universe. Perhaps there’s a reflexive property of objects intended to be worn in pairs (on the body) that succumb to this probabilistic outcome of just blinking away to a more magical and (likely) interesting destination.
Unless, however, their chain of existence is methodically followed with the discipline of a child adventurer competing in a game of The Floor Is Lava™.
Except that everything but your ears, hands, and charging-case is Lava.
Your coat pocket? A rich pool of Lava.
Your pants pocket? An underground chasm of Lava.
The bedside table? A waterfall of Lava.
The empty car seat next to you? Lava cushions.
Update, 8/1/18: Three months later, the Lava Rules™ have not let me down.