For me everything has its place both my car keys and my dorm keys hang on my bulletin board when they aren’t in use so that when I need them I know they are there. So on Monday night when I was getting ready to leave I was in a bit of a panic when my car keys were missing.
I knew I had used them Saturday to go to the grocery store, but since I do live on campus I don’t have to use my car on a daily basis. Where oh where were my keys? I had cleaned my room over the weekend, so while everything looked nice and neat my keys could have pretty much ended up anywhere.
My first thought was to look in the grocery bags I had brought up from my car. Nope. Then my purse, I mean I don’t use my purse a lot when I got out, but maybe in all the cleaning I managed to put the keys in there unintentionally. Nope. They weren’t on the kitchen table where I placed my groceries when I came in; they weren’t hidden in a drawer. There was a small chance they might have been bumped into the trash, but that was going to be my last resort.
Maybe, just maybe they were locked in my car? It’s dark/late and so I need a flashlight to look in my car and see. The keys are nowhere in sight, but my car is still in the parking lot, and locked so no one took my car or had access to anything inside. Maybe, just maybe they are in my trunk. That was a possibility, I went in my trunk Saturday before going to the dorms I could have unknowingly placed them down and closed the trunk with them still inside.
Of all the services available, if this ever happens to you call the University Police (UPD). I had their number programmed in my phone and even so it is a quick easy look up online or just press the button on one of those blue posts around campus. They sent someone over in a few minutes to help me into my car, maybe they are inside fell under the seat or like I said accidentally locked in the trunk. In a couple minutes my car was unlocked and I was searching everywhere, pop the trunk and still no keys.
The nice man who unlocked my car called in to see if anyone had turned in keys matching my description in the last couple days. Nope. Now I was panicking a little, what to do, what to do. No keys, no one has turned them in, and it is late Monday night. What could I do? Retrace my steps and see if they slipped under someone’s car or fell in the dirt maybe. Not that I could see.
So no one had turned in my keys to the UPD, but maybe just maybe they turned them into housing. I mean it is a housing parking lot, and if UPD isn’t open or as fully staffed on weekends the smart thing would be to turn the keys into housing. It was my last resort before tearing up my entire dorm room and digging through the trash in hopes of finding them. I am really glad that the thought came to me, because otherwise I might have wasted my entire night searching for keys that weren’t there. Some nice person had turned them into the housing office. Oh thank goodness.
That’s my story of how I found my lost keys. So, if you ever misplace your keys or lock them inside check UPD, housing office or University Student Union if you are on campus. Also make sure there is something distinct about your keys, a special key chain or design so that you could give a decent description of what they look like.