Remember that Blogging from the Beach post I made just over a month ago?
Lisa and I drove about 3-hours to the beautiful Long Beach and had a great time, but then when we returned to my car, I realized I couldn’t find my car keys… here’s an excerpt from the original post:
“After we finished at the beach, I lost my car keys, and a lot of hassle ensued. To make a long story short, we ended up getting towed to a very small local town (2,000 people), and the only hotel open turned out to be a fishing charter accommodation resort.
To make things more bizarre, the receptionist lady said that there was only room available, and that she was sorry that it was so large. Large? “No problem, thanks”. Hey, a large room is fine with me!
But when we got inside I understood what she was referring to. The “room” was a cabin with two floors… and four double beds! It was all fishing-related too which was funny. There was a note stating that room cleaning started at 6:00am… since all the fishermen most likely were out by 5:00am.
When we woke up, it was time for breakfast… which was served on a boat! So we walked aboard the giant boat and had breakfast inside. It was renovated into a restaurant, but the entire thing was on a slant. It made me feel like I was a villain on the old Batman series…”
Basically, the lost keys cause a huge pain – especially as we waited frozen on the extremely windy night for the Tow truck to come and pick us up for the second time (the first time he opened my car, but I hadn’t come up with a plan then and thought my keys were probably in there somewhere).
I’m not sure where I lost my keys, but it had to be somewhere on the beach. I had put them in my laptop bag but they must have fallen out when we climbed a really-difficult, spiky rock on the beach so we could get a real nice shot of me with my laptop. Here’s the view from atop that rock:
And here’s me. If you look closely, you’ll notice my black laptop bag lying beside the rock net to me. My keys might have fallen out around there somewhere, but I still don’t know how since I had put them secure in a side pocket which was zipped up and I hadn’t unzipped it…
The keys I lost had one of those electronic Lock/Unlock/Alarm gadgets on it, and so I was a little bit disappointed to lose that, but I knew I had a replacement set at home so wasn’t all that sad.
However, when I went to the dealership to inquire about getting a new set, I was completely dumbfounded as to how much it would cost. I was under the impression that those things cost $15-20… maybe $25-35. After all, electronics are so cheap these days and all it does is lock and unlock a car… how expensive could it be?
So I was certainly in shock when the service guy said it was like $180. I didn’t order it, of course, since I already had my backup one, and just got duplicate keys cut for my car at Home Hardware for $1 each. But it did add insult to injury to my expensive beach trip (the two towings and 4-bed hotel room didn’t come cheap)
Anyhow, a month later I wake up and find a missed call on my Blackberry. The call display showed it as “OVERWAITEA”. That seemed really odd to me at first because Overwaitea used to be a really old grocery store chain here, but since I was like 10 or so.
I listed to my voicemail and guess what? They had my keys! Somebody mailed them in and they went to their company headquarters over in Vancouver.
I then found out that Overwaitea owned Save-On-Foods, which is what we have here now.
So, why did somebody mail my keys to Overwaitea? Well, about a year ago, probably longer, I signed up for one of those free supermarket cards that you use at grocery stores to get “points” and also receive discounts on certain products from time to time. It’s not a credit card, just a points card, which is why I got it.
When I received my card, they also gave me two little keychain tabs which have barcodes on them so you don’t have to try to fish out your card from your wallet each time – keys are always faster and easier to find than a card, after all.
So, I put them on each set of my keys (I have one set for just my car keys and another for my house keys) and forgot all about it.
I had also forgotten that those keychain tab things would contain all of my personal information should a kind samaritan pick them up and drop them in the mailbox! So, the headquarters asked me which store I lived closer to (One is about 15-minutes away while the other is about 3) and then mailed them off to there that same afternoon. The lady also gave me 1,000 free points just for calling…! Sure, 1,000 points probably equates to about $0.10 but still
My keys took on a bit of a trip because they went from my house in Nanaimo to Long Beach, Tofino, then mailed off the island to Vancouver, then mailed back to the island in Nanaimo. Hence, my boomerang keys.
My keys arrived last week and I picked them up from the store after showing them some ID.
To this day I still don’t know where I had lost my keys. I wish I could have talked to the person who found them and mailed them so I could find out as well as thank them.
Mmmmmwuh! My keys are back!
I was curious to see if the electronic would still work since they were probably left on that big rock and rained upon, pecked by birds, and covered in sand. Fortunately, they work just fine and look no worse than when I had last saw them.
The moral of the story? Make sure you get some type of mail-back tab thing for your keys. Don’t put your personal information on your keys or people can just steal your car or break into your house. Plus, if you use something like I did, you don’t have to pay a cent for postage (If somebody found your keys 3 hours away, they probably won’t be thrilled about having to mail them to you).
I also installed certain back-up… solutions should I ever lose my keys a long distance from my house again. But this still saves me $200
And that’s the story of my $200 boomerang keys.