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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Pay Attention
I was about to go outside for a walk, and I wanted to check the weather to see what jacket to wear. I approached the front door, and noticed that I'd left it unlocked when I got in yesterday afternoon. Oops, gotta be more careful about that.

Then I opened the door to find.... my keys in the outside doorknob. Major oops! So glad I live in a safe neighborhood.

Note to self: act smarter.

Note to any criminals reading this: too late, the door's locked now. And will remained locked. Also my cats are vicious, so don't even think about it!
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aiela From: aiela Date: October 28th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am really glad we live in a safe neighborhood. I left my car parked on the street unlocked overnight a couple weeks ago. It hadn't been messed with, thank goodness.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 28th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, this is a public post, of course I do! ;-)
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 28th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've looked at my front door occasionally and realized, gee, I've left it unlocked overnight. And my neighborhood ain't that safe.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: October 28th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do that all the time. Again, good thing we're in a safe neighborhood. Well-recommended for the occasionally scatter-brained :-)
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: October 28th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
with all due respect to the idea that you live in a safe neighborhood - nowhere is safe. thinking that you were lucky is probably putting it better. in this shitty economy, crime is rising, especially petty crime. be careful.
onemorethanten From: onemorethanten Date: October 28th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

A place where locks were simply NOT used.

My Dad was an engineer who designed controls for huge machinery that in turn controlled the steering for huge ships. And after he designed it, he would traveled around the world to oversee the installation and testing. Always came back with stories of what he liked best about each part of the world, what amazed him the most.

Well, many years ago, when I was still a kid (um, make that many many years ago) my Dad's job took him to a shipyard in Norway. And here's what he had to say upon his return

"Now, the town near the shipyard might not have been an Oslo or Trondheim, but it was still a true town and not just a collection of hunting lodges. But there was something that seemed downright primitive about each and every one of those houses:

NO LOCKS!

No locks on any doors. No alarms, no trained guard dogs patrolling the yards. Just latches. To keep the doors shut from the wind. That was it!

His company had rented him a house for the two or three months he would be there. No lock on his house either. Very strange feeling at first. But nobody ever bothered him or his expensive testing equipment and soon it became a real feeling of satisfaction, calm to be able to just open and shut a latch each night coming back from the shipyard. For years afterwards, whenever something would trigger the memory of it he'd make wistful mention of it.

That was more than thirty years ago and while I used to think it would be really cool to travel there and see it for myelf, it has turned into a kind of mythical place, a version of utopia that probably shouldn't be tracked down or be examined with too much scrutiny how it even made it to the twentieth century.

thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: October 29th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: A place where locks were simply NOT used.

I really enjoyed your story.

Years ago a group of friends had a farmhouse in Jackson, Michigan. And it was never locked. People could come and go as they pleased. Occasionally I'd nap there at three am on impromptu trips to Chicago.

I have very fond memories of that place, and of the comfort feeling of being welcome. Thanks for bringing back that memory.
sandygood From: sandygood Date: October 29th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: A place where locks were simply NOT used.

I was talking with my niece who lives in Tokyo, a few weeks back. She mentioned that the Japanese are so respectful, that she could probably leave a wallet out in a public place and no one would touch it.

Not sure if it's true or not.
joline From: joline Date: October 29th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're safe! And that reminds me of a similar close call I had today. I used the bathroom at work (a public onsie) and realized, after I was all, well, finished, that I totally forgot to lock the door! I am SO GLAD no one walked in on me!!

We must have too much on our minds...
elizilla From: elizilla Date: October 29th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I leave my truck unlocked and parked out front of my house all the time. I did this with my last truck as well. I've done it, intentionally, for the last fifteen years. Two or three times, someone has gone through my glove box and left the contents on the seat. I put the pens and napkins back into the glove box and get on with my day.

I've never had anything stolen, no one has ever broken my car windows, and I don't have to deal with my car alarm going off at random since I don't have one. Works fine.
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: October 29th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Growing up in Bellevue, we used to leave the keys in the ignition of all the cars in case someone needed to move one.
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