Saturday, 31 December 2016

Sh......t Happens

You can't believe they are on safely

Visiting my daughter a few weeks back, she had a frantic phone call from a good friend: they had gone on their annual cycling holiday with their four children and arrived at their destination.  All the bicycles were strapped to the back of the car with an impressive, anti-theft, Thuli lock.  The only thing was the key to the padlock had remained 800 kilometres away, at home, with their house keys.  This was alleged to be the wife's fault. So my daughter's task was to pick up the precious key from another good friend, who runs a shop close by to said house, trailing myself and my husband with her through a very congested part of town (which was good as we could sit in the car, double parked with the engine running), while she ran in to retreive said key. Then we had to high-tail it to another part of town where a courier was known to be found and express the key up to the grateful family.  It all goes to show, I thought, it's good to have good friends and even better that it's not only the older generation that forget important things.

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  1. The other day as I unlocked my front door to go back in and pick up something I had forgotten (my library book as I was on my way to the library) I thought I should make a resolution about being able to get in my car and go do what needed to to get done without making a return trip at least once ( but sometimes twice) for a forgotten item. But then, after Christmas Eve dinner, my daughter returned once for something my grandson had forgotten and my son returned a bit later for something he had left behind. I guess it just runs in the family.

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    1. My daughter left her favourite clothes in the cupboard last time they visited. Her husband leaves his clothes all over the place, airports etc.

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  2. Well that kind of stuff happens a lot. I had an appointment for a state inspection for my car. The car had anti-theft wheel locks on one stud on each of the four wheels. Worried that the mechanics in their typical rush may use an pneumatic wrench on the key and destroy the intricate pattern on the locks, I always removed the locks myself and reinstalled the normal nuts prior to taking the car in. So an hour before my appointment I go out to remove the locks and could not find the key. I ways kept it hidden in the trunk. Not there. Of course I had failed to order the spare key when I bought the locks. The only thing I can think happened was that I forgot to remove the key from the wheel lock the last time I had rotated tires and had lost it along the road. I had to cancel the appointment, a half hour before I was due at the shop. Fortunately I was able to contact the company give them the code and they overnighted a new key and a spare. The shipping was twice as much as the keys.

    Lesson learned, always order the spare the day you buy the keys. Don't leave it for one these days.

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    1. That is so funny (sorry) but I laughed so much. When we got our most recent cars, I took note that a replacement key would cost an awesome amount of rands (about R3000) so our spares are always put immediately in the safe. The other day with our new Rav4, my husband asked me to drive and when I pushed the button start, "Can't detect key" came up on the screen. My husband still had it in his pocket and was standing a few yards away. The car wouldn't start until I had it in my possession. I kinda prefer the old system.

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    2. NB. Glad to see you Sextant, missed you lately. Been busy?

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    3. You remind me of my husband. I am not allowed to allow petrol jockeys to put oil in any of our cars. Many operate a scam....but in America you always put in your own gas?

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    4. Well fortunately in my case it was not the ignition key, but just relatively cheap wheel locks.

      http://www3.toyota.com.au/prius-v/~/media/toyota/vehicles/prius-v/images/accessories/171d8-accessories-alloy-wheel-nuts-620x349.jpg?h=400&hash=177DAAD0493E71B5D0EBB03C4F6BD81F41199F91

      These are threaded wheel nuts that do not have a hex flat for a standard wrench, but instead a fancy pattern impression in the face of the nut. The key has the matching ridge that fits into the impression on one side, and hexagon for the wrench on the other side. That is what I lost. It was probably 5 to 10 bucks for a new key but overnighting was expensive. I imagine the professional thieves have a simple method for removing them, but they do foil the casual thief. I doubt professional thieves would have much interest in my Honda.

      Yes been a bit busy and a good bit distracted lately. Hopefully I will get down to earth again.

      And yes we pump our own gas in the US, which leaves a rather disturbing odor of gasoline mixed with perfume on my hands. What the hell do people put on their hands that I would pick up off a gas pump handle? I always try to use a paper towel between the handle and my hand.

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