Thursday, March 12, 2009

Christmas Pays Off

For Christmas this past year I got a bunch of fun kitchen gadgets from my in-laws. It was a really great gift, since I like to cook and play with gadgets. They included one little thing that wasn't explicitly a kitchen gadget: a really powerful magnet with a long, telescoping handle. That's been one of the more fun toys, since I use it to grab all sorts of stuff. Nothing practical, just fun.

Tonight that all changed. It got practical. I had just let myself into our building using the security fob they gave us to unlock the outer door, and was putting my keys back into my pocket as I stepped into the elevator. Only I missed my pocket and my keys fell to the ground, skidded across the floor, and down into the gap between the elevator and the floor.

I looked in the crack and could see all the way down to the bottom of the elevator shaft. Fortunately, my keys had gotten stuck just a foot or so down, and hadn't fallen all the way to the bottom. I quickly called my wife, and frantically told her to bring down "the magnet on a stick". She was down in a minute, and, viola! I had my keys.

So the hero of the night was my prescient in-laws, for foreseeing my plight, and providing me with the perfect tool for fixing the problem. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Livin' it up when I'm goin' down

5 comments:

rachel said...

That's awesome. You should wear an utility belt all the time.

rachel said...

"a" utility?

patric said...

utility belt, like a klutzy batman.

actually, a superhero who's power is being SUPER KLUTZY would be a cool comic.

if i do it, i will make matt into his secret identity.

Barzelay said...

Wow, thanks. I had no idea such a tool existed, but I just ordered one. I drop things (knives, mainly) behind my oven all the time and have to pull the oven out to get them. Now I will hopefully be able to just pick them, thanks to your sharing about this wonderful piece of equipment.

Thinking Fool said...

I cannot believe I haven't done this yet (drop my keys down the elevator shaft). Congrats on retrieving them, you little McGyver!