Thursday, March 04, 2010

Kevin

March 3rd was my birthday. I drove to Salt Lake by myself. I drove to Salt Lake by myself to see the Cardiologist. I drove to Salt Lake by myself to see the Cardiologist and locked the keys in the car. I drove to Salt Lake by myself to see the Cardiologist and locked the keys in the car, on my birthday. (Everything at the appointment went well) It was the part when I tried to leave, so I could join Spencer again for birthday festivities, that was the bad part. I left the parking garage and headed back to the hospital. I retraced my steps and eventually saw the key (our last spare) on the front seat. After a couple of phone calls some roadside assistance was there to help me. I have done this once (or ten times) before.
So when the guy (Kevin) came I thought, "Perfect, I'll be out of here in just a second..." But then he got out some weird gadgets. Things I had never seen before. He pulled out some bendy stick and duct tape. He ripped some duct tape off and rolled it into a little ball that he put on the end of the stick. A couple minutes later he pulled it out and replaced it with a fresh ball because the last one had "lost it's stickiness." Then I asked Kevin, "what about those things you just slip down the side of the door, jiggle a little and presto- you're in?" He told me something about how "those things" (also known as SlimJims) can cause wiring problems or set off the side airbags. So I waited. And waited, and waited... He managed to pop the trunk with his bendy stick-but then I told him the back seat doesn't fold down. Then he got some bright idea to send some copper wire down there with a little lasso tied on the end. If he could just get the lasso around the key, tighten the loop and pull it out, I would be on my way. After many attempts the key finally made its way out of the car.
Before I left I asked, "What do you do if the keys are in a purse, the ignition, or no where to be seen?" He replied, "I've never failed yet..." walking away as if his parting phrase was inspiring. When I joined Spencer we enjoyed some delectable PF Changs, and he told me that we can officially celebrate my birthday all week (which has been great so far). I told him the story about Kevin over dinner and we both just laughed. Kevin is officially off our list of baby names.

12 comments:

Riley said...

Kevin is the definition of Jimmy Rig!

Michelle said...

You sound just as forgetful as I am. It is going to be even worse once the baby comes and you have what is called baby brain. Happy week long birthday.

Courtney Bartlett Morris said...

hahaha. I laughed really hard during that story. and THEN I SAW THE PICTURE OF KEVIN. . D-Y-I-N-G. he looks like such a kevin.

Tara Fears said...

For the record...The only times I've locked my keys in the car was when I was pregnant! (I did it four times!!) So I think you can try blaming it on the pregnancy like I did. Gary was much more forgiving that way! :)

Calloways said...

I locked the keys in the ignition in that EXACT car, it has had a slim jim in the side door with no problem. Lucky you that Kevin was being extra cautious with the 97 Corolla that has NO SIDE AIR BAGS! Good story!

Diane said...

I like Kevin. I knew a girl called Kevin.

byufish said...

EXACTLY the same experience!! I think...personally...these guys used to steal cars but then the slimjims were just too difficult for them and took too long breaking in so they had to go into the business of helping people like us. I think my passenger side door is "whistling" when I'm on the freeway because of him. Sorry Di, I don't like the name Kevin. I've known a few guys with that name. Not my faves....maybe Kevin (the girl) had better luck with the name!!

Heather said...

Wow...

kandicejill said...

Hahaha that is absolutely hilarious! What a fun way to spend your birthday - NOT! Lol but still... hilarious!

kandicejill said...

... and I also laughed hard at Lisa's comment!

Lauren Evans said...

Reading this story I had a picture of Kevin in my head, then I saw the picture..HAHAHAHA, EXACTLY what I pictured.

Nicole and Ryan Wilder said...

haha so funny (about the name). I'm glad Kevin got your keys out though for you! Your always good about taking something negative and finding some way to laugh. joke, or smile about it :)