Week 180: locksmiths don’t want you to know this
Some work. At last, the timetables of services split into pieces to avoid being longer than 50km (like the excel, which is registered in five, not four parts as I once claimed) no longer look a terrible mess. Turns out joining the journeys together is actually quite simple, I just had to overcomplicate the problem first.
🎦 Orphan: First Kill, easily my cultural highlight of the week. It’s a bit blurry at the start, a mixture of spooky atmospherics and de-aging and maybe a bad projector, so I briefly thought I was having a funny turn, but the emergency exit signs in the room stayed perfectly in focus. I’d seen thirty seconds beforehand, a great thirty seconds and the resulting bit of deja vu was nice too.
Weeks ago, the key to the letterbox here snapped in the lock – the lock bunged up after years of rain and dust getting in, and the key having a pronounced weak spot. The lock could still be locked and unlocked, and I wasn’t worried about someone nicking all the takeaway menus and estate agents’ flyers, so I ignored it, continued with my life, until suddenly the lock was stuck locked.
How to remove a broken key from a lock? I half-arsedly tried a dab of superglue on the end of a stick – didn’t work. Then I sent for a broken key extractor set, and by jingo, it was the work of just a few moments fiddling with one of the tools before the key was out of the hole. Locksmiths don’t want you to know this one weird trick.
Got a new key cut – didn’t work. But then I tried sellotaping the broken key together, and that did work. And now I’ve had the lock replaced, and it has a much less flimsy key, and everything is right again. Cool story.
I think I’m healed – I can lie on my other side again, and accidentally walked ten miles without any painful consequences.