Combination Challenge

on May 7, 2012 in Misc

First off, my apologies.  I am writing this blog so friggin’ late on a Sunday night that I’m falling asleep at the keyboard.  WHERE DID MY WEEKEND GO?  So I’m just gonna write a short piece and finish the topic in a couple days.

What I was going to do this weekend was buy a combination lock and figure out how to pick it.  Didn’t happen.  At least I watched some videos on youtube about how to open combination locks.  What I learned was that 1) young teenage boys have way too much time on their hands and they love to tackle any security challenge; and 2) in theory, you can open a combination lock with everything from a mathematical formula to a paper clip to a piece of a soda can.

We’ll see about that.

Anyway, I realized that I was remiss in my Layla lock picking knowledge when a combination lock appeared on one of the four lockers in the ladies room in my work building’s basement.  (The lockers are for TEMPORARY use by any lady using the gym down the hall.)  Remember how way back when I told you someone had (against the building management’s policies) laid claim to one of the lockers by having a lock clamped on it at all times?  So I picked the thing open, left a “Layla Was Here” calling card, and locked the thing up again.

Soon after my invasion, the lock and the locker’s contents disappeared.  Obviously the miscreant had learned her lesson.

Well, now a combination lock has appeared on another of the four lockers.  Hence I’ve got myself a new challenge.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Until then, I hope your weekend was less busy and more relaxing than mine.


6 Responses to “Combination Challenge”

  1. Robert L. Read says:

    How did you pick the first one?

  2. It’s true. Teenage boys love a challenge. It’s that kind of curiosity that I think is healthy for the world. Sure they are channeling it in the wrong area, but when you no longer poke, probe and ask questions, then it’s probably a sign that you no longer care about life.

  3. Helena says:

    Robert — with my lock pick tools (torque and rake, as I recall), but that was a usual Master lock, not a combination lock, which is a whole different animal.

  4. Helena says:

    Michael — And these young guys obviously care about life. In the videos, they also emphasize that what they do is for fun and shouldn’t be used for anything illegal.

  5. Old Kitty says:

    Oh my stars!! Now you are picking locks!?!? LOL!!! You are truly amazing!! Take care

  6. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – You’re too sweet. I’m anything but amazing, and my lock picking could really improve.