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Long Road Not Taken - Part One
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by Jacqueline VanZandbeek   

Last edited: Tuesday, May 06, 2003
Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2003

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There is a moral to the story.
When these things happen, you might be glad no one was there to witness your flub.

Have you ever done something out of "stupidity" that you weren't sure you had done? You think to yourself, hmm, now why did I just put the milk in the cupboard, or why did I put the fork in the living room? I found that we humans do some strange things when we are tired, scared and alone, and if we have other things on our minds.

We seem to do things that we normally don't do. When these things happen, you might be glad no one was there to witness your flub. I always thought, someone might lock me in a rubber room and throw away the key.
I was home alone on a beautiful sunny afternoon. This particular morning I had a ton of errands. Feeling out of place and running late, there was a mental fog hindering my thoughts.

One example of why I should not have been driving. I left for the grocery store, then to pay bills, then got lost somewhere and realised I was not where I was supposed to be. Ended up half way across the city and finally woke up, yes I was driving! I know now I should not have been. When I returned home much later than expected, of course because I got lost. I backed my car into the driveway, got out of the car to open the garage door. (I didn't have the remote for the door because it was broken.)
Turns out, that both sets of car keys and house keys were locked in the car!! The funny thing is, the car was still running, the park brake was pressed, and IT WAS IN REVERSE!

Okay, go ahead laugh, because I am laughing with you. I could not believe what I had just done. I started to cry, panic set in and I really did not know what to do!

I was locked out of my car and my house. There was no one to help me out! My husband was in Bosnia, there was no way I could call him. So, I dragged my sorry ass to the neighbors and asked to use the phone. Explained myself to her, she was so kind. Giggling to herself I could see it. I was trying to at least smile, but could not.

The running car locked and in reverse, priceless!
Both sets of keys to the car and house, locked inside the car, priceless!
The look on my face, priceless!
The cost of getting the keys retrieved, $60.00(CAD), almost priceless!

The moral of the story is: Don't leave home without a spare set of keys for your car and house. BUT keep them in your pockets or something!

One other funny thing is that the neighbor locked her keys in her car about a month later. Yes, she came knocking on my door. I returned the favor of the use of my phone.

Copyright©2003 Jacqueline VanZandbeek

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Reviewed by Julie Gaskins 5/18/2003

I must admit I have done this at least once (lol). But the last time I did it I learned the lesson and had several sets of keys made. (lol)

Reviewed by Marie Wadsworth 5/7/2003
This article reminds me of Hints from Heloise. I locked my keys in my car outside a church in college and my parents refused to help me because I had a bad attitude. Nowadays, my husband has the spare keys for the house, car, etc. and I have spare keys for his car, the house. There are also locksmiths who will help you with lockouts.
I think many folks can relate to this. Great hint.
Reviewed by Kay Day (Reader) 5/7/2003

I saw your kind remarks at my site and hopped over to yours--I'm glad I did. This is a priceless moment you describe--and oh, how I can relate.

I think writers are always two places at once, anyway. My daughters say I have poetry seizures, and I'd have to agree with them. I have been known to get in the shower with my shoes on, and I have locked myself out of my house on many occasions.

You are not alone! And there was a bit of poetic justice with the neighbor!--kayday
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 5/7/2003
YES!!!! We are not alone, after all... smile. Thank you, Jacqueline, thank you.

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