So I have this important family reunion this weekend. It's out of town, so today is basically the last day I have time to run errands in this town until Monday.
So I went to get my hair cut. When I got there, there was a 20-minute wait, so I signed my name on the log sheet and decided to go return a call from my grandfather, whom I had not spoken with in some time. So I went back out the car and got my phone, then I sat down in the car and gave him a call.
After a very short amount of time, I realised it was much too hot in the car. Outside it was humid but not hot, threatening rain. So I got out of the car, leaving my keys inside of it.
It was the first time I ever locked myself out of a car outside of my own house, and the double-first time I had ever locked myself out of a car while talking on the telephone. I wandered over to a place that had a phone book, and when I was done with my call, I called the police. Unfortunately, as always, the State College police aren't good for shit. Unless you count issuing traffic citations as being good for shit, which no reasonable person would. The police informed me I could either call a locksmith ($20) or a tow truck ($70).
"Fuck that shit," I decided. Then I got my hair cut. I did have an appointment to keep, after all.
After that I started to walk home to get my spare key. It began to rain almost immediately. At first I thought that this was going to be a sort of sitcomesque comedy of errors, where it would rain the whole time and then I wouldn't be able to get into my house, and then I wouldn't be able to find my key, and then the car wouldn't start, and then when I got to work the building would be on fire and the United States would have declared war on Iran.
Luckily, none of those things came to pass. My plan worked out rather well. It stopped raining after a short period of time, and I broke into my house with a penny I found in a parking lot. My spare key was where I remembered putting it. I did start to rain pretty hard on the way back, so that by the time I got to my car my shirt and pants were in no condition to wear to work, but I just went home and got changed before I went in. There was a moment when I thought I had lost my spare key, but it had just fallen in amongst my reusable shopping bags.