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What's On Your Key Chain?

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Here's another interesting topic I found while FriendsFriends'ing: What's on your key chain?. I have several key sets.


  • house key
  • parent's house key
  • car key (engine-immobilizer thing-a-ma-doodie)
  • car remote
  • 4-prong steering wheel lock key (it's the one that looks like a screwdriver and there are teeth on all four sides).
  • a teeny-tiny key that used to be for something, but I've forgotten what, so now it's a charm and it also has a jingle bell on it.


  • security pass fob
  • door key (for that one stupid door that is not connected to a security reader)

I can't put this on my main key ring because I need to be able to take it off easily to hold it up to the security reader to open the gate. But my car key needs to stay in the ignition. I've been meaning to buy another contraption from the Dollar Store that would make hooking and unhooking it easier. But I've gotten used to carrying it around separately, so I don't think I'll ever bother.


  • deadbolt key
  • security pass fob
  • R2D2 key (my little drawer/filing cabinet thing)
  • ...and the work set is on a retractable cord clip (I have the Tux one) that's attached to my waistband because I'll forget and/or lose them otherwise.

I don't put my work keys on my main key ring for security reasons. Plus, while I'm at work, I don't need my home/car keys anyway. I also have keys that I don't regularly bring around with me.

freedom = f(keys)

Someone once told me that the number of keys a person has is indirectly proportional to their personal freedom. IOW, the more keys you have, the more responsibility you have and therefore the less free you are.

I disagreed with him. It's one of those "is the glass half full or half empty?" things. Incidentally, I say "Neither. The glass is at half capacity." It depends on how you view it. Yes, a child has no keys and lives a relatively free existence (apparently, every child except me). But a prison inmate also has no keys... or you'd HOPE they don't have any of the important keys. =P

Having home keys mean I have a home to go to. I'd rather not have to worry about where I'm going to sleep at night and basic survival issues.

Sure, Work keys mean I have to work. But the pay that comes from work gives me the freedom to do all kinds of things that I couldn't without the money.

When I was an undergrad, I had a part time job with one of the profs in the CS Department. This required that I have the building security pass and a key to an office. When everyone was fighting for a machine in the undergrad dungeon lab near assignment deadline time, I would always have my own personal machine available in my own, quiet, undisturbed, third-floor office, facing north towards the beautiful downtown Vancouver skyline.

I've had at least one set of car keys for as long as I can remember. Car equals freedom; I don't care what people say about parking, traffic and maintenance. It takes me ten times longer to get anywhere on public transit, depending on where I want to go.

For me the keys-to-freedom relationship has always been logarithmic.


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 13th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
Is the glass half empty or half full?
Bill Cosby spoke at my graduation from Ohio State. He quoted his mother as answering, "It depends on whether you're pouring it or drinking it."
Mar. 13th, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Is the glass half empty or half full?
My problem with that answer is that it presents a false dilemma. What if the glass with water is just sitting there on the table?
Mar. 13th, 2004 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Is the glass half empty or half full?
If noone is looking at the glass of water, then it's in a quantum state of full, empty, half-full, half-empty, and everything in between, all simultaneously, until it is observed. Like socks. They're quantumly both there and not there under the bed, until you look for them, only at which time one of the pair disappears.

So, to answer the original question, Is the glass half empty or half full? Yes.

Disclaimer: I got a C+ in my 3rd semester of physics, which explains why the above statements makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Mar. 13th, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Is the glass half empty or half full?
Hahaha, I think you're needed on the writing staff of Star Trek: Enterprise. =D
Mar. 14th, 2004 01:59 am (UTC)
Re: Is the glass half empty or half full?
Well, that show can't get any crappier, so why not! My first episode: Mayweather loses the ignition keys to the ship ("But I swear it was right here on my keychain next to the key to Hoshi's quarters! Did I say Hoshi's? I meant MY quarters.") So they're stuck idling in space. In a coincidence of galactic proportions, the Borg happen to transwarp on by, determine they're too primitive to be assimilated, and blow up the ship, thus mercifully ending the show.
Mar. 14th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
Re: Is the glass half empty or half full?
mercifully ending the show

NOnonono, you have to pull out some new quantum flux stuff and save it all!
Mar. 14th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Is the glass half empty or half full?
NOnonono, you have to pull out some new quantum flux stuff and save it all!

Well, um, I suppose if Tripp sets up some inverse tachyon pulse by reversing polarities in their subspace emitters and carefully monitoring the matter / antimatter ratio in the vertical intermix chamber. And once dilithium levels reach 1.21 gigawatts, the pulse can then be emiited from a rigged-up deflector array (cobbled together from a hairpin, two cups, and some duct-tape), with extra power being rerouted from the plumbing subsystem...

*brain explodes*
Mar. 13th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
re: retractable cord clip

hrm, does it look ok under longer tops? i want one, but wonder how it'd look under my clothes...my waistband is never visible...
Mar. 13th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
I almost never tuck my clothes in anymore, I let the shirts and sweaters all sit over my pants. It's a bit lumpy with the keys there, but I don't care how it looks, it's functional =)
Mar. 14th, 2004 03:09 am (UTC)
hm keys, mine is a card...

i have so much lesser keys that you!
Mar. 13th, 2004 08:30 pm (UTC)
I don't think it would look bad- I wear a pedometer on my belt every day- it always looks a little weird, I guess, because there's either a bulge under my shirt at my hip, or there's a plastic rectangle showing (if my waistband is showing). I don't worry about it though.
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Mar. 13th, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
Interesting relationship. --Ray
Mar. 14th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
Interesting. When I first read "What's on your key chain?", I intuitively thought, "... other than keys."

I got my key chain at the Lion King musical in Hannover (where I was in Decemer 2001, I think). It has the musical's logo engraved in a solid disc-shaped metal thingie that can rotate inside a circular frame. Heh.

As for the keys, I only have three. My room, my bike, and the bike shed. There's actually a forth key, but I've never figured out what it was for.
Mar. 14th, 2004 06:45 am (UTC)
lol. when i first read that i thought "What's your key chain?"

guess i have comprehension problems :P
Mar. 14th, 2004 09:34 am (UTC)
There's actually a forth key, but I've never figured out what it was for.

You're the third person to have extraneous keys on their key chain but not know what it's for. This is too funny =)
Mar. 15th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)
Well, complain to my college that gave me the key. :)
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