Jan 27 Sunday 6:24 am Yesterday I had just started the truck to go to work, when the keys fell to the floor. I was confused as the truck engine was still running. I bent down and picked up the set of keys and noticed that the ignition key was broken and that the front piece was missing. I examined the base of the key and it was a clean break as the mental wasn't twisted or forced, it just snapped.
I inserted the remaining base of the key back into the ignition and I turned the engine off and then on, then off again. I then inserted a smaller key part way into the ignition and gave it a turn and sure enough, the engine stated. I thought that as long as I can turn the engine on and off, I can still drive, so I tossed the key ring on the seat beside me and drove away.
I had planned to leave a little early so that I could stop at the Good Will store to see if I could pick up a small sport bag or back-pack that I could use to carry all my camera equipment. When I got there, I grabbed my keys, inserted the broken portion of the key into the ignition and turned the engine off. I locked the door and went into the store.
I didn't find what I was looking for and when I came out of the store, I reached into my coat pocket for my keys and I had a sickening feeling as I realized that the ignition key was also the door key and that I was locked out of the truck on a cold winter day. The spare truck key was at home. I remembered that the last time I locked my keys in the truck; I bought some brass wire, that I used to open the door and that I had stashed it inside my front bumper. I got the wire and began to see if I could unlatch the door. I couldn't work with my gloves on and as my fingers were getting cold and I began to explore my options.
I then realized that Marian was at home and that she could get my spare key and deliver them to me. I went back into the store and asked to use the phone. I caught her just before she was leaving and I gave her instructions as to where my spare key was. When she found them, I told her where to meet me. I hung around inside the store for a few minutes and then went outside to await her arrival and within ten minutes she delivered them and I was on my way. Now I have to figure out how to get the broken part of the key out of the ignition and also what this "broken key" signifies for me on my journey.
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