Originally created 11/11/05

In locked-car emergency, cell phone can't replace hanger

Ask the experienced rather than the learned.

- Arab proverb

Mr. Practical here with another emergency tip:

Say that you're out of town. Say that you're out of town with my friend Paula. Say that you're out of town with my friend Paula and she locks her keys in the car and it's Saturday night and dark, and everyone's kids are running around in the parking lot and nobody knows what to do.

Say you're telling someone the story about the locked door and Paula and the 12 kids and someone tells you what you should have done.

They say if you lock your keys in the car, simply call home, or whoever keeps the spare automatic door lock device to your car.

Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the other person at your home press the unlock button of your key fob (clicker), holding it near the phone on their end. Your car doors will unlock, they say, presuming that some sort of sound frequency is what triggers the lock.

What a great idea. Too bad I couldn't make it work. I guess sound is not what triggers my car door.

Oh well, there's always the coat-hanger-through-the-door-frame method, which, by the way, my friend Paula can tell you I know something about.

THANKFUL LUNCH: The youth crowd at Thankful Baptist Church had me over to speak the other day. The deal was I would join them for a tasty lunch if I provided a brief speech. When I asked what they wanted me to talk about, I was told I could tell them about my family and I could tell them my favorite jokes.

Well, needless to say, I was there for a long time, as well as a good time.

I'm grateful I went to Thankful. I always like meeting nice young people.

MORE MAIL: The Parrotheads of the Savannah River, Aiken/Augusta send a postcard from Miami, where "we are enjoying the Parrothead Convention. Hurricane Wilma took away the beauty, but we're having lots of fun.'

TODAY'S JOKE: Here's one from Sara Dukes in Bartow, Ga.

A preacher was walking down the street of a small town when he came upon a group of boys gathered around an old dog. Concerned, he walked over and asked what they were doing.

"Well," one of them said, "we found this dog, and we all want to take it home. So to decide who gets it, we're having a contest to see who can tell the biggest lie."

The minister was outraged. "Don't you boys know it's a sin to lie? It's a terrible thing to do. Why, when was your age, I never told a lie, not one!"

Things got quiet as the little boys all looked downward for a moment. But finally, one of them said, "All right. Give him the dog."


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