My name is Dennis, in fact Dennis Kiro. I live in Guelph Ontario and I am a student at the local university. This time of the year I usually enjoy snowboarding and march break with my girlfriend.
Two months ago me and my girlfriend split up and it’s been really hard on me since then, I find myself walking the streets at night and just wondering how my life is going to look like without her. It gets pretty depressing.
Couple of days ago I decided to go snowboarding. I was heading out towards Blue Mountain and I was just putting the board and the boots in the car when I realized that I can’t seem to feel my keys in my pocket. I had realized that I just locked myself out of the house.
I know murphy well and if there is something that known to all of us is that he comes to visit at the worst time. I am so depressed and tired of being beat down by life and all I want is a quite drive and a releasing snowboarding experience.
Guelph is a city which sometimes gives you only so many options to rescue yourself out of a situation.
I had remembered that one of the students got locked out of his room and found a locksmith on kijiji.com which is a local directory for professionals on demand.
I went on KIJIJI and managed to locate this locksmith in Guelph. I called him up and told him I have locked myself out and how stupid I feel right now. He wasn’t quick to judge and told me that it happens to all of us. He reassured me that he will be able to help me.
I thought to myself how hard this line of work is, he must have many customers locking themselves out on a daily basis and he has to leave everything and run to their rescue. I would assume the guy is irritated I have no idea how things will go and most importantly how much I am going to be charged.
The locksmith showed up and he seemed pretty nice, he was well aware of the problem and quickly explained what he needs to do in order to let me in the house. I was amazed how polite someone can be and informative about every step of the way.
I never had to you a locksmith in Guelph before yet here I am just staring at this guy working trying to pick my lock. Probably going to drill it eventually he is just messing with me it’s only possible in the movies I thought to myself. Then, suddenly he turns the lock and Walla! The door is open, I was supper happy. How cool is that, being able to do that and get paid for it.
It’s a trigger in our brain when we hack something, it is a high stimulator and locksmiths have that when picking each lock he explained. I experience it myself, when I crack something new or learn a new trick in my own trade. I feel like we have something in common.
The bill was fair and I could continue my trip to Blue Mountain. The locksmith guy told me to get myself together and remember that break ups happen for a reason. It’s always a new road that teaches us the most – he said.
I was stunned that a trades person who comes to my house in order to provide such technical service ends up talking to me about deep matters like my personal problems. I guess these days customer service rose to a whole new level of satisfaction. Because there are two ways a service can end – either I am in a great mood when the service man leaves, or I am desperate and feeling sad about my existence. Very depressing, but not today since this Guelph locksmith guy left I decided he was in fact correct.
I am going to go and have me some snowboard time so I can release my tensions. Have a good day.
P.s – Thanks for your rescue!
This piece right here is about student lockouts. As you know being a student is a tough phase in your life, you are tired of school and studying and you want to try something new. Maybe start a new job or perhaps go to study in a different city or even a different country. Student life is about focusing on your future and also not getting locked out.
It is a daily occurrence that I get to meet new students almost every day, unfortunately not in the best circumstances. Most of my encounters with students are due to a bedroom lockout and the rest are car lockouts and here is what I have noticed. Anyone can get locked out and it happens for one reason and one reason only… distraction. New students get locked out lot more often than senior students, this because it takes time to adjust to changes like a new bedroom or a new city and everything is new and your head is spinning and oops. Lost your car keys or locked yourself out of the bedroom. Now you need a locksmith and you are stressing about the costs. It’s ok perfectly natural daily occurrence after all and many of my customers ask me if it happens all the time. My answer is yes!
Actually, I have a live example from today. Today I got a call and I was surprised to find out that a mother of a student was concerned about her daughter. Her daughter was unable to get into her bedroom and the mother decided to call ahead of time and schedule the appointment for service. It seemed as if it was their first time and it was in fact. She was a newly student and have moved in recently to the area, I asked if it ever happen to her and she replied saying that she got locked out twice since she had moved in. She had locked herself out before and this time she didn’t want to damage anything so her mother decided to call a professional locksmith. Last time she smashed the door, but this time she just paid a bit of money and got her bedroom open clean which turned out to be cheaper.
In conclusion change is something that we struggle to accept and while we are busy accepting it Murphy is quick to throw us a bone! No matter what you are going through there must be another person out there going through the same thing and if you happen to be one of those people who got locked out, well good luck!
Eli Abbasov - I write about locksmith experiences and on-site security services. My stories are simple yet they contain a lot of thought.