Monday, January 07, 2008

The Van That Locked Itself

Tonight as I'm patiently awaiting my wife to get home around 8:00, still hoping to get a ride in as the temperatures are unseasonably warm here (mid 30's), I get a bizarre call from my wife: "I'm at the gas station. As I was getting gas, the van locked itself and the keys are inside."

Now if my wife was a drinker this would be much easier to swallow, however she's not. The only response I could come up with was "Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight".

"No, serious! The van is running and the doors are locked."

"Oh Carson for me. I have to take your Mom the spare set of keys...don't ask questions." I hopped on my bike, the one that doesn't lock itself, and pedaled down to the station to give her the spare set. I didn't even give her a hard time...I'll leave that up to y'all. However, she could have bypassed the whole scene by....altogether now....RIDING HER BIKE! To her defense, she hasn't been feeling the best lately.

Oh yeah...I still got a bit of a ride in. I'm having trouble finding any snow-packed roads though. If it doesn't snow soon, I may have to take the studs off, or get non-SPD pedals for my other bike.

Coming soon -- Upon approval from the church, the Ford Deathstar Windstar will have an exorcism to drive out the locking demons. It could get ugly.


Anonymous said...

The locking demon visited me and my brother last Summer. Tony was test driving a car here in KC and we stopped in a parking lot to give it the "once over". We left it running and carelessly closed the doors. A moment later we heard the ominous ka-chunk of the locks. The manager at the used car lot wasn't in any hurry to help us. We waited in the sweltering heat of a Home Depot parking lot for over an hour before he showed up with an extra key. At least we validated the car didn't overheat while idling with the AC on. Another lesson learned.

SD_pedalpower said...

I borrowed my dad's Lincoln TownCar one time and it locked itself while running. Luckily I got a hold of Dad to get the security keypad number. He was about 80 miles from where I was so it would not have been pretty it I did not get a hold of him.

thE_kErnEl said...

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Bruce's Bike Blog said...

This trick sometimes works.
If keys are locked in car, while on cell phone, get extra keys and with your cell phone--click the door lock thing-ee into your phone. Have wife point her cell at the van... It will unlock!

The signal goes through the phones and unlocks the car. Try to see if it works. It does on mine.