Key Drama

While in Cape Cod last weekend, I had an interesting car experience. When I went out to the Benchwarmer to drive the group to get ice cream, I reached into my pocket and found that my key had snapped in two.

oh SNAP!

This was not good.

I immediately got on the phone and called up a handful of mechanically savvy persons: My Dad, James, Galecki, and Chad to be specific. The general consensus was “get to a key copying place, and see if they can save you.”

Unfortunately, this delayed my return back to CT, so I made sure to call Jesse and Tony to make them aware of scheduling changes*. But, as long as I could get myself a functioning car, I wasn’t going to complain.

Sure enough, when I got to Eastman’s Hardware store in Falmouth, Janice over in the key department said she’d be up to the challenge. She clamped the two key pieces together and used a follower to carve out a new key. She did a darn good job. The new key started the car on its first attempt and I was able to get back to CT with a little extra time to spare. Total cost? $2.00

So, if you ever find yourself in a similar scenario… fear not. Your solution is just a hardware store away.

*special props to Tony for offering to drive from the HoR to Cape Cod (3.5-4 hrs) to deliver me a new key

3 thoughts on “Key Drama

  • 5/16/2007 at 1:33 pm

    I once broke the tip of my key off in my ignition. I wasn’t so lucky
    It cost me more that 2 dollars to fix. It actually cost about 110 times that to fix.
    But now I always carry a spare.
    That was an expensive lesson in “Don’t just have one key to your car”

  • 5/16/2007 at 5:48 pm

    Give me no pity,
    for losing money
    for stupidity
    is oft necessary
    for a lessonie


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