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Jun. 29th, 2005

I was actually ready early enough this morning that I had time to run an errand and still get to work a few minutes early. (This happens maybe twice a year.) But I couldn't find my car keys.

I retraced my steps from the night before, thinking I might have dropped them in the doorway or on the sidewalk. I found my keys alright, dangling from the ignition behind a locked car door. <sigh>

I called AAA. They told me my membership was cancelled in March, despite the fact that I opened a letter from them last week stating that my membership was good until November 2005 but that I should renew early. I didn't feel like paying $48 to renew for a stinking lock-out. I called a tow company; they were going to charge $40 for a lock-out. I called the police department. They referred me to the fire department, who said someone would be out shortly. Then I called work to let them know the situation.

"Do you think they'll send out a big ol' firetruck for this?" briganski asked.

"No, they'll send someone out in one of those smaller fire department cars." But sure enough, a little while later, here comes a big red fire engine down my street with lights flashing, letting all my neighbors know I'm a big idiot. "I'm surprised you guys brought out one of the big firetrucks for this," I said to one of the firemen.

"Hell, yeah," he responded, "You bet!" They unlocked my door, made me sign a waiver releasing them from damages, and didn't charge me anything. And I was only 45 minutes late for work. (This is what I get for driving home while tired and then hanging out in my car listening to music for a few extra minutes.)


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Jun. 29th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
HAHAHA! Very cool- did they let you run the siren? Although, if it saves me 40 bucks, the next time this happens I'm going to call the fire department too; a little embarrassment is worth the saved money.

Of course, between maintenance, wear and tear, gas, and salaries, you probably cost the city $500...
Jun. 29th, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)
This is why I always carry a spare set of keys. Well, almost always.
Jun. 29th, 2005 09:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, there's a story there. I had two sets of keys. I lent one of them to Tubby when I moved in a couple of years ago, in case I parked behind him and he needed to move. He approached me a few months ago, saying I should really get a spare set of keys made. He clearly lost my spare set and has no recollection of my giving them to him.
Jul. 3rd, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Don't give up on your auto club membership. Keep after them until they start sending out accurate information about your status. They did the same thing to me, but only threatening to cancel my membership ... after telling me I was paid up. I should have been paid up because I've been using automatic renewal for years.

As for spare keys, if your auto club membership is up to date, they should make you spare keys free. Otherwise, if you're cheap, you can get a spare made most places for under $2.
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