More Odds and Ends

on May 11, 2014 in Misc

You know how I taught myself – sometimes the hard and painful way – to do just about everything Layla Daltry can do in The Compass Master?  (Okay, so I didn’t learn a few languages or how to deal with black marketeers.  Sue me).  One of those skills was lock picking. When I got down the basics, I was pretty proud of myself.

lock picking

But today I learned that a young relative of mine in Britain is not only an expert locksmith, he has the NUMBER 1 RATED LOCKSMITH BUSINESS IN THE COUNTRY! That’s #1 out of more than 1600 locksmiths. “All locks and security devices repaired, fitted or opened.” This includes, of course, being able to quickly pick open just about any lock.

Layla would want to consult him, since she tends to get into places illegally, and I myself am jealous and most impressed.  His business is in Cardiff, Wales, and it’s called Curley Locks, and yeah that’s a cutesy name but the fact is Curley is the family name on my Irish mother’s side.

In case you’re curious, here’s the link:

What you will definitely want to check out is this link to a video my sister sent me:  fifth graders and synchronized swimming on stage. Need I say more?  (What I should say is that you can fast forward through the first 30 seconds ’cause nothing happens until after that.)

Finally, within the next ten days or so I’ll be able to tell you about my night in an allegedly haunted inn.  If anything exciting happens (of the paranormal variety only, since unfortunately I’ll be alone), I’ll let you know.

Have a great week.

10 Responses to “More Odds and Ends”

  1. That’s cool he has the top business in the country.
    A haunted inn? Hope you come back with a cool story.

  2. Oooh, can’t wait to hear about your haunted inn experience! Cool about your family locksmith.

  3. Helena says:

    Alex – We writers always want to have cool stories to tell, don’t we?

  4. Helena says:

    Carol – It might be a bust, but I’m still giving it a try.

  5. I’ve often thought that learning how to pick a lock would be a valuable skill. Examples: locking one’s keys in the car or locking yourself out of the house, etc. Safecracking could be fun to learn too. However, even if I know the combination to a safe I sometimes fail to open it so I suck in general. Kudos to you that you have this kind of manual dexterity.

  6. Helena says:

    Michael – I’m not very good, but I can open basic locks. It just takes sensitive fingers and lots of practice, and I’m sure you’d learn quickly. But car doors can be really tough to pick.

  7. ann says:

    You have some interesting relatives I think a few of them have had ghostly encounters too. Right? My daughter, Katie, and her friend just spent the night at Lizzie Borden’s home. In the middle of the night, she heard thumping and giggling. It really freaked her out until she realized the Biker dude and his punk girlfriend (also spending the night as guests) were “being intimate” in the next room. I hope your ghost experience is more spooky and less Eeeeeww.

  8. Helena says:

    Ann – You’re right about my family. My mother (of course) had a few experiences, and my sister Clara saw a theater ghost, only he looked like a regular person so she only found out afterwards who he was.

    And Katie’s experience sounds… Oh yeah, definitely eeeeeew.

  9. Enjoy your haunting — if a ghost locks you in the closet, you’ll be able to pick your way out.

  10. Helena says:

    Milo – That’s actually a good joke!