I’ve gotta laugh.
I think there is a lotta material there.
And this isn’t the first time this has happened.
About 6 months ago, I lost her electronic key. Scoured the house. Assumed it fell out of my pocket….somewhere. I became resigned to ordering another from the dealer.
Only I could not simply reorder one from the dealer. That remains to this day. All of these keys were made from an independent facility in Texas, which was now out of business. They would use the VIN – Vehicle Identification Number – to program them for each car. So I don’t start a panic, not all years and models of Mercedes are affected by this issue. And they have supposedly found a new facility and are getting production of replacement keys ready.
Once delivered to the dealer, their job was to verify that all the programmable functions worked before giving the key to the customer.
And I suppose that I should be thankful that my car is a 1996. Because it could still use a conventional key for the basic functions. Although I missed just locking and unlocking it it by pushing a button. And for some strange reason, Mercedes only put a mechanical door lock receptacle on the driver’s door. Guess they figured nobody would lose their electronic keys.
If you have a 1997 or 1998, believe it or not, you cannot get any key, as the security system was changed and all programmatic functions are necessary in any key you use for the car of those years.
Meaning for the time being, until they can find a new supplier, if you have a 1997 or 1998 SL and have lost both sets of keys, you are, as the Germans would say, “S.O.L.”
Imagine that. Your car is useless and un-drivable. Even independent locksmiths can do nothing for you.
So for the last 6 months, I was using a conventional key for Gabriella.
For the time being, I am a caretaker for a family member’s house and tonight I thought that an iPad should be updated.
I open the drawer where the iPad is kept in that house and imagine my surprise to see….
This isn’t my first time at finding my things in obscure places.
Some years ago, I lost a watch that I had for over 30 years.
Scoured my house.
Retraced all my steps, came to the conclusion that it must have come off my wrist at a parking lot in Reno, NV, where I had been on the day of its disappearance.
I was finally resigned to replacing it – it had gone up considerably since it was bought in Geneva for $125 in the early 70s. So replacing it would most likely be used and down the road.
Months later I find it in my medicine cabinet.
Maybe the best one of all was another watch I lost some 25 years ago. Had no idea where it could have possibly gone.
Over 10 years later, I was having the engine replaced in my late Toyota MR2. I come to pick the car up and the shop owner said “You missing this?”
It was my watch, a bit worse for wear sitting somewhere in the engine compartment for over 10 years, miraculously not falling off onto the road with all of the bouncing and heat cycles. Needless to say it ran for a short time but there was no bringing it back. I must have been working on it in a dirty place and removed the watch where, with driving, it bounced down to a place where it sat for the next 10 years or so.
I think the only way to counteract this stuff is to have one designated place to put things when they are unused.
But why would I possibly put a watch into a medicine cabinet or….a drawer of a house not even mine?
Short circuit in the neural network?
I’m going with that.
I do know that that key is going to sit where all the other keys are unless I am driving that car.
Oh, in case you are wondering how I got home with the electronic key missing, I was driving another car that day and didn’t even need the key in my pocket.