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    I've locked myself out of the house several times and had to call a locksmith. And one other time, I lost my mailbox key, and a locksmith put a new lock on it that has 3 keys, so I keep one in the house, one on my keychain, and one in the console of the car. I'm covered.
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    Agate, Virginia, & Howie ~

    Thanks for sharing your experiences!

    My doors have either a button or a latch on the inside, and the key is only used on the outside. I have a central location for all keys, but it has been convenient for me to carry the mailbox key in my pockets, particularly when I was walking, as I retrieved my mail when I returned home.

    I may ask John to take all of my keys and have duplicates made, so that he can have a set, and I can have extras. I probably have an extra mailbox key somewhere, but I have no clue where that is.

    Interestingly, when I found my mailbox key, on the chain my friend had given to me 17 years ago, I opened the box and found a photo album of my friend, me and our other friends through the years, and a lovely card from my friend's husband. So, she was truly present.

    Sending healing, positive energy to all ~ be well, be safe, be good to yourself.

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    I'll just wait for it to be on TV. See I have no idea where the library is, and couldn't find it if I had written directions. Maybe I can get my brother to order it, and send it to me for Christmas.

    I don't drive much these days. My 2005 PT Cruiser hasn't hit 30,000 miles yet. I usually get my sister to drive me to any new location, then I can always find it again. But finding a new location on my own, forget it.
    I am glad I stumbled on this post, Howie. I do not go anyplace unless I have made practice runs and know exactly where someplace is. I do not go new places or places I have to get to on a highway. I use an old single lane ride to get to farmersí market and know exactly when to be in which lane. Friends have a hard time understanding my difficulties. I usually say that I cannot look around and drive at the same time. Eye movement problems I guess.

    My 2014 Subaru has just over 20,000 miles on it. 90% of those miles are back and forth the 30 miles to farmers market. I know where every pothole on that road is....(and avoid them!)
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    Virginia, your key system is one I'd have problems with. When I have to go through a lot of steps to accomplish something, I tend to forget at least one, or do them in the wrong order.

    I don't know how people with cars stand having keys and openers for something besides your home--that's a whole added dimension to daily living.

    I have two keys--one for the building's main entrance, and one for my apartment. I have a duplicate set of those just in case, and my son has another duplicate set.

    I also have exactly one mailbox key with no possibility of a duplicate..

    That's it for me and keys.

    If I'm locked out of the building and the managers aren't around, I wait until a resident comes along and that person will let me in. Or I could buzz a resident and ask to be let in, assuming that that person knows me. About half the people here probably would know who I am. The others would know me by sight but might not recognize my voice or name over the intercom.

    If I got locked out of my apartment and the managers were here, they have a master key. If they weren't here, I'd have a problem because no neighbor has my key. I'd have to ask my son to drive over and let me in. Luckily that has never happened. Rather than do that I'd probably spend the night in the lobby and hope that the managers would be here the next morning.

    A really neat feature of this building now is that there is a lockbox outside with a master key to every apartment so that if an ambulance comes for someone and can't get into that person's apartment, they can have access to the lockbox and use the master key.

    Avoiding trips is an art, isn't it? The phone comes in very handy though. I don't know how many times I've saved myself a trip somewhere just with a phone call. Or prowling around a Website until I find the information I want, like actual business hours for a place so I won't go there and find it's not open. I haven't been to a post office in over 11 years and so have no idea what a post office in this town looks like. If it's like other post offices I've known, there can be long lines to wait in.
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    Agate, I have only 3 keys - all on the same key ring - my car key, house key and p.o. box key. When I come in from going out I have to have my keys if I have been in my car so I unlock my door on the outside, take the key out and put it on the inside and lock myself in, leaving the keys hanging there. I have a dead bolt lock on both my outside doors, and I do not use the lock that just turns on the door knob. Therefore, if I only use the dead bolt lock and my keys are always hanging there I cannot loose them.

    Since my brother taught me to do this, the only way to lock myself out of anything is to lock myself out of my car, but since my car beeps when I start to get out if I have not removed my key then that is pretty hard to do. When I am driving, my car key is in the start button with my house key and P.O. box key hanging on the same ring. The three keys are always with me.

    The only problem is that when I have company I kind of feel like Minnie Pearl with the tag hanging off her hat. There are my keys hanging in the door. My brother told me that is the one time I can take them out of the door when I am home and that is when I am having company. However, I have found that a number of my neighbors use this same system.
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    Some put a lock box on the door knob of the home (like realtors do who sell the home), with your key inside. It takes a code to know how to open the box, and you can change the code as often as you want.

    If you have lifeline, the EMTs dont have to break down your door, they are told the lock box number.

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    Some of the personal emergency response systems I've been looking into offer a lockbox that you install on the outside of your home. There's an extra charge for that--and it wouldn't work in an apartment building, but it sounds like a good idea for someone with a residence where it can be installed.
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    SSSHHHHH!!! You guys are just too chatty in here today!!!
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    Peace can be nice sometimes.

    Last edited by agate; 10-22-2020 at 01:08 PM.
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    Lovely setting Agate! It does look peaceful.

    By the way, as a backup, I do have a lockbox with my personal security system. I unlocked it one day just to make sure that I remembered the code, other than that I have not used it and it has been there several years.
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