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Door Locks {and Phobias}

Monday, January 5, 2015

Kicking off the new direction of the blog with an insight of what happened to me that fateful weekend that I posted on facebook was so crazy (since many of you asked).

Let's get real honest here for a second. I have a security issue, or maybe a phobia. I'm not sure what you would call it. The chances of you getting into my house for a break in are slim to none because I keep it tighter than Fort Knox up in there.

Back in the day (aka a few months ago) when I had the insane idea of getting a roommate I put those door latches on the doors in my bedroom with the chains. You know what I'm talking about, the ones that you see in the movies or more commonly in apartments? I had one when I lived with my roommate Amanda in NoVA. Anyway, I did this because I found my roommate on Craigslist and because I'm a paranoid freak person.

I found out there have been some break in's recently in my area...so I also installed a full security system in my house with motion detectors and recently, glass break (that is my newest addition to Ft. Knox). The alarm system calls the cops AND it's wireless so that no one can cut the wires (yes I think of EVERY possible situation). I also have a little sign in front of my house that says Secured by Front Point Security , next to the sign that says "My Security System is my Pit Bull" which...let's be honest, is a load of crap. However the Front Point Security sign is to be feared.

OK that's the background story. So back up to a few weeks ago now. I had a lot on my mind this particular day (that's my excuse anyway) and was locking up the Fort to go to bed. I had it in my mind to lock up my bathroom door from the outside, where the chain lock is but for some reason my brain just got the memo to lock the bathroom door. So I locked it and shut the door. Did you get that? I locked it from the INSIDE and shut the door. Yes...that's right. I locked myself out of my own bathroom. So I did what any self confident 26 year old would do...I called my mom. In fairness I was exhausted and wasn't thinking right and my brain could only think about what I would do in the morning when I needed to use the bathroom. Never mind the fact that I have another full bathroom downstairs. Not the point.

My mom tells me to call a family friend that lives nearby. The thought of explaining to them what I just did was too humiliating, and I didn't have enough time to think up a better story (the irony being that I'm telling this humiliating story on my blog now but hey, it makes for good writing).

No, the only thing to do was take the door apart. I pumped myself up, telling myself I could totally take apart a door handle and put it back together. No big deal, people do it all of the time. I got the handle off and voila! Oh wait, it was still locked. So now the handle is gone, but the lock is still perfectly in tact. I push around a few things for about 5 minutes and hear a "click!" YES. I'm a genius! In fact, I'm not a genius, because I locked myself out of the bathroom to begin with, but just go with me here.

I'll end this story just by saying, it's a heck of alot easier to take a door apart, then to put it back together. One of the screws is still not fitting correctly but hey, I got in to my bathroom.

And in case you are asking yourself if that really happened...yes. That happened.

There's more stories where that came from. This is only the beginning. I might start calling this "Diary of a Single First Time Homeowner". Catchy right?

Thanks for reading!

-S






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