Anyway on the way home, several hours later, I decided I may as well scour the road near the original bus stop and see if I could find the smashed-up remains of my original Air Pod.
As it turned out, I couldn't... until I turned around and saw that someone had picked it up, and left it neatly on the armrest of the bus stop seat.
So basically tl;dr big shout-out to whomever rescued my Air Pod and all the people all day who just politely left it for me to come back to find later.
Anyway, now I have two left Air Pods which of course means the next time I lose one it's definitely going to be the right...
Also big shout out to the Apple Store dude, with whom I had this conversation:
HIM: (opening the replacement Air Pod box, watching as it slo o o o o o o o o o wly sides open in That Way of Apple Product Unboxings) Yeah man I know they do this deliberately for like the anticipation or whatever---
ME: But it's kinda a pain when it's just a spare part and you need to open like a thousand of them a day, huh?
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