Monday, August 27, 2012

Even Old People Can Learn a Lesson or Two

On Thursday, my hubby and I went to Kings Island, specifically the water park. Temp was in the 80s and, with school in session most places, attendance was low. It really was the perfect day. However, we realized some things on this trip.


1. If you're going to keep the car keys on your person, make sure to put them in a baggie.

We saw the sign - $12.00 for a small locker. Gee whiz, give me a break. It wasn't all that long ago when it cost $5.00. We decided not to bother with the locker. Who would steal our towels anyway? My husband put the keys in his pocket and forgot about them. We hit the wave pool first.

2. If you have your keys in a baggie, make sure they won't fall out of your pocket.

After spending 20 minutes (or so) in the wave pool, we decided to go on some of the other "rides". That's when he discovered he forgot to put the keys in the baggie, which also contained his driver's license, credit card, and our park passes. Trying to minimize the water damage, he placed the keys with the other items. But now it wouldn't fit in the secure pocket inside his suit. He put them in the big side pocket.

3. If you own a convertible, do not put the spare keys in the trunk.

After our second ride, he discovered the baggie was missing. We checked both rides and no one found any baggie containing a set of keys. We went to lost and found. No luck there, either. We called security. They could get us inside our car (and to his cell phone), but since it's a convertible, we keep the lever to the trunk locked. Called AAA. They couldn't get it unlocked either. Had to tow the car to Toyota (thank goodness it was still open!), where they promptly created a trunk key. I was able to get my purse, and the spare key, so we could drive home. That only took three hours!

Not exactly our idea of fun. And to think, we could have saved ourselves a lot of work (i.e. cancelling the credit card, replacing the driver's license, changing the locks to the house, and most likely having to buy another car key) if we had only paid the $12.00. At least we know how secure our car is. Of course, after all that, no one bothered to ask for our ID once we got inside the trunk. We could have been anybody! Kind of scary, if you ask me.

My hubby feels bad, though. I feel I'm just as much to blame (I didn't want to pay the $12.00, either). But I am glad I wasn't the one who lost the keys. I do enough stupid stuff already!


B.E. Sanderson said...

Ugh. Sorry your fun day had to end on an un-fun note. I always wanted to go to Kings Island when I was a kid (the commercials were like dangling honey in front of a bear), but we never made it down.

If it makes you feel any better, I would've done the same thing and not paid $12 for the locker - and probably would've lost all my stuff, too.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thanks, B.E. It's nice to know we're not the only cheapskates! Ha ha!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Ouuuuuch! Hope this week's a lot better!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - I expect this week will be better. I'm headed for Atlanta on Wednesday. Of course, Isaac is headed north - somewhere. Hope I don't run into him!!!

LD Masterson said...

If it makes you feel any better - during our Disney trip last month, we were taking a dip in the pool when my daughter-in-law asked my son, "You have the room key, right?" He reached under chest high water we were standing in, patted the side pocket of his suit and said, "Yup, it's right in here next to...

Stacy McKitrick said...

Linda - Thanks for the laugh. It DOES make me feel better!!