Confession time boys and girls...
I did one of the stupidest things I've ever done earlier this week...
I went out to the lake Wednesday afternoon. I was going to catch bait and come back out at nightfall to soak em. Jer and I went up to the lucas road bridge and threw the net several times and caught a few big 10" to 12" shad.
We got back to the marina pulled in and were getting ready to head back to the truck. I couldn't find my keys... It was at that moment that I realized what I'd done.
When I load up getting out of the truck I take the cooler and the bucket. Same routine every time. I get a bag of ice in the cooler and the bucket has the castnet. On top of the castnet I put my wallet phone and keys. The cooler and the bucket go in the wagon and away we go. We get to the gate, I pick up my wallet and badge through the gate, back into the bucket goes the wallet. We walk to the slip and the ice goes from the truck cooler to the boat cooler and the wallet phone and keys go on the dash next to the Elite TI.
For whatever reason, be it a distraction or just plain forgetfulness I didn't take the keys out of the bucket. The wallet and Phone were in the right place, but the keys were not. We took off, got up to the bridge and I now know that on the first throw my keys went to the bottom... The story doesn't end there...
I called my dealership to ask about getting a new key fob. I long for the old days when you could just go have a new key cut. That'd be too easy. They said they had fobs in stock and they just needed the truck there to program the fob. So I'm standing there between the chicken and the egg or the rock and the hard place or some combination thereof... They said I'd have to have it towed to them.
I called the insurance company because I have tow coverage. They sent a wrecker out. Mind you this is the next day already. The guy calls me and says he can't tow it without unlocking it and being able to put it in neutral. So he waves me off. I call the insurance again. They want to send a locksmith to open the door. I said what about getting it into neutral? They said oh yea... I said can you get a locksmith that can just go out and make a new fob? Yeah, we'll do that. So then they call back and say they can't find one who will do that and you'll have to have it towed. I said well we've come all the way around the barn and my truck is still sitting there. They find a guy (in Irving) that can tow it. He goes out has locksmith tools to unlock it and knows how to get it in neutral without a key in the ignition. By now it's late Thursday night and he has to store the truck over night telling me he will take it to the dealership first thing in the morning.
He calls me at 10:00 and says he is in Fort Worth and he will have the truck there no later than 1:00 Friday afternoon. not to make this drag on too long, the truck shows up at the dealership 9:30 Friday night. Saturday (when I should be fishing) about 11:00 I call the dealership to see if the truck is ready to pick up. "what truck?" they say. I tell them the story and by now I'm starting to feel like Arlo Guthery singing Alice's Restaurant. They say "OK let us see if we can find it". 1:00 they call back and say "It's not here" I call the tow driver and say where's my truck, the dealership says it's not there. He starts trying to explain to me where he dropped it. I say, please call the dealership and help them find my truck. Dealership calls back and says we found it. and we have a service ticket opened. We will call you when it's ready. Mind you they close at 3:00 on Saturdays. at 3:03 I get a text saying my truck is ready and our hours are 7:00 to 6:00 Monday thru Friday and 7:00 to 3:00 on Saturday.
So, as I write this on Sunday morning, I still don't have my truck and as much as I'd like to scream about this, I cant because the only person I can blame for this mess, is me.
The moral of the story is, keep your keys in your pocket!