I have a bit of a odd habit when it comes to my ring of keys that I carry.
Whenever I put them down, I jangle them in a specific way, in order to remember where I last had them.
Nah who am I kidding, most of the time I still manage to misplace them anyways. 😛
As my mom once joked: ” If your head wasn’t attatched to your head, you would some how manage to lose it as well!”
And sure, the easy solution to this is just to keep multiple copies of keys or whatever, but I have a certain fondness to my current set.
- It has a plastic oval royal blue key fob with sky blue, white, yellow and light orange lettering that says : “My friend went to TASMANIA and all I got was this Lousy KEY RING!” on it, a gift from my younger brother to me after his school trip there.
- There is the pin tumbler lock key, aka the house key, mainly light pink but covered in pastel flowers ranging from yellow, light blue and purple.
- Then there is the sturdy utilitarian-steel, dimple key for the inner door.
- And finally my tiny key for my locker back at uni.
I’ve used the same set for so long, that using my backup set (because I lose my keys enough to warrent a second set) feels a bit… off.
While it has the same keys (for obvious reasons, otherwise it wouldn’t be much of a spare set):
- there are 2 key fobs: A rectangular white plastic I ❤ New York one and a Taiwan shaped wooden one with little cutouts of Taipei 101 and a Taiwan shape filled with colored beads.
- The flower key is replaced by an aluminum on that is just red in color, so is much lighter.
I would include pictures, but if spending way too much time learning about lock picking (I really want to pick up the hobby some day, it sounds like a pretty interesting and useful skill to have) online has taught me anything, it’s that copying keys using a photograph of them is remarkably easy to do.
Perhaps in the future I’ll include it as an edit, when I figure out how to blur out the key’s cuts!
Bringing it back to the prompt…
Because of the differences in each member of my family’s key rings, you can always tell who is coming home based on how they jangle.
My mom’s keys are attached to an orange fob with a retractable line that she keeps clipped to her bag or purse.
Thus you always hear footsteps, a slight pause (with a very quite unzipping bag zipper sound), then the outer door key opening the door, a very quiet closing of the outer door (it’s metal so is pretty loud when I close it, but my mom can somehow do it so that all you hear is a faint click when the latch reengages.) Also, she always takes off her shoes and puts them in the wooden shoe cupboard before opening the inner door, so you will hear it open and close before the inner door key goes in.
My dad’s key ring… well he has a ton of keys and fobs (for work and the like) so his keys are particularly jangle-y.
Especially since he doesn’t have a set place for them, so you can always here the bag riffling sounds as he tries to locate them. He, like me also messes up the inner door key (both sides look the same at a quick glance, and like usb it seems impossible to get them in the right way around the first time) so you key the key go in, some jangling, it being taken out the placed back in after being flipped, some more jangling etc until the door unlocks. (my brother and mom are more observant and have figured out which side is which, so they rarely get tripped up with the key)
My brother’s set has a metal key fob (a gift from a friend of his with his name on it) and gets his keys out early before getting to the door.
So there are fewer pauses compared to mom or dad. The key jangling noise is also much more… metallic sounding and sound pretty different to the other sets. Also he does the thing where he opens and goes in the inner door first without closing the door, takes off his shoes then puts them in the shoe cupboard
As for my key janglin’ quirks?
Well, I’m not really sure since I don’t pay attention to them when I unlock doors, since I am usually going home tired or hot and just want to get in asap and lie down or turn on an aircon. I should ask sometime just out of curiosity. Then again how do you bring up a conversation like that: ” Wow! that sounds interesting. In other news, do I have any weird key janglling habits?”. For the most part, I guess I have some similar traits to my dad with the inner door trip up, and with my brother with the go in first, then take off shoes and put in cupboard order.
I would usually try to bring this post to some satisfying metaphor for life, maybe about how we notice more about others subconsciously and compare ourselves to others, rather than focus on our own flaws. But really? It is just a post about key janglin’ quirks, I’ll be impressed if anyone reads to this point :p
But people are still reading this… here is a question:
Do you have your own key jangling habits? Is it purposeful, such as to remember where you put them? Or is it a unique quirk you do without noticing?
Feel free to comment below with your thoughts!
And as always, see you later!
This post was based off of the Daily post prompt:
Jangle (July 8)