Friday, March 11, 2016

Oh My Freakin Head

Marathon, FL

I was bad today. No, I was double bad today.  No, I was triple bad today.  No, I was QUADRUPLE BAD.  Oh my Freakin head.

It all started when I parked the car like a jerk.  As I was walking away, I noticed that the car was at an angle crossing the line and taking two spots.  I went back to move it.

But I needed something from my backpack, so I opened the trunk to use it as a table.  The instant I closed the trunk I cried "OH NO," my keys were in the trunk.

The Toyota dealer gave us only one key when we bought the car.  They said ",$275 for a second key."  I was pissed, so I declined.  But I wasn't entirely stupid.  I bought a key and a Hide-A-Key magnetic box online.  But the new key was dumb, not smart.  I had it cut so that it could open the door, but it would not start the car because it lacked a chip.  I put it in the Hide-a-Key box under the car for use in case of emergency.

I should have been covered, right?   Wrong.  When I looked under the car, no Hide-a-Key box could be found.

The marina has a jimmy tool, but they lent it to the sheriff (cops lock themselves out even more than civilians).   I waited 6 hours for the sheriff to bring it back, but he never did.

I watched some YouTube videos about opening Toyota doors. Then I went back to Tarwathie for tools, and tried to unlock it myself.  I scratched some door paint, but I failed to open it.

Libby called Toyota for advice.  They said call a locksmith.  The nearest locksmith is on Taverneir Key, 50 miles away.

Instead I called the local tow truck.  He came, and he opened the door in 3 seconds (I timed it), for $60.  That computes to $72,000 per hour, but I wasn't mad.  I was relieved, and I tipped the driver.

Finally, I could move the car that I had parked like a jerk.  As I did so, I ran over my tool box -- a tool box that has been with me since 1974, and that I considered an heirloom.

Oh my Freakin head.

Edit: I corrected the $/hour.


  1. Well, it is comforting to know that I (and many others who would never admit to it) am not the only one to have "Freakin Head" days. It is sad thou to hear about your tool box.

  2. Thank you very much for posting and sharing this great article. It is so interesting for me

  3. I know all about second keys costing a fortune. My car came with only one smart key. It was a snowy winter and I was carrying groceries into the house. That key fell off my key chain and got lost. I called a locksmith because I couldn’t even drive to the dealer to buy a key. It cost me about $200.


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