Ordinarily, it wouldn't be a problem. Tap on a window 'til Tam came to see what was the matter. But she'd left on a day-long trip to the Greater Cincinnati area a half-hour before. The back yard is fully fenced: I was trapped!
Well, almost trapped. I had my car key and garage opener. I'd even packed a nice lunch. And I work for a living, which means I wear Carhartts or jeans; so I climbed the fence, opened the garage door, and nipped through to the person-sized door that opens into the back yard -- the door which, as it turned out, which Tam had helpfully left unlocked.
Called our local locksmith on my way to work and arranged for them to call me when they had a guy in the area in the afternoon.
The Uncooperative Locks: A Short Drama
(Opens in black, fade up on A Locksmith, working on the back door with his picks and muttering--)
A Locksmith: "The other locks were easy, but this inner one, it's real loose. The pins won't stay-- Nope. Keyed alike, is it? I'll just make up a key to fit the other two."
(Fade to black, with sounds of metal being cut; fade up on A Locksmith, trying three very slightly different keys.)
A Locksmith: "That's funny. It works the other two locks and the one on the garage. Aha! Oh, nope."
Helpful Homeowner: "We could try the front door, maybe?"
(Fade to black, fade up to image of a clock with the hands spinning, fade to shot of A Locksmith and Helpful Homeowner at front door. A Locksmith is holind four keys in one hand while trying a fifth one on the main door lock.)
A Locksmith: "It didn't pick any better then the other one, but this key -- I started oversize and I'm taking it down just a tiny bit every time-- Ow!" (Key turns with a jolt, causing A Locksmith to jab himself with the other four fresh-made and quite sharp keys.)
Helpful Homeowner: "Don't open it! I'll go through first. Otherwise, that yellow cat who's been watching us in the window will be off like a shot. Oh, by the way, how much do I owe you for this?"
A Locksmith: [short, bitter laugh.] "Standard charge, sixty bucks."
It took an hour and a half. The locks here at Roseholme are old, but they're not easy to pick.