The keys to my studio apartment belong to a different time.

One key I have opens the front door to the building. One key opens a security gate after you enter the front door. One key opens the front door of unit 104 at 271 Piedras Street, Cuidad Vieja, Montevideo, Uruguay. The last key opens a door I don’t know about and probably don’t want to.

The key issue is that four keys look the same, four fit into my apartment front door lock, but only one opens the door. 

Looking for something to mark the key that works my apartment door lock, I spot a tie for a bread bag. It is white, easy to bend, sturdy enough to hold up to use.Threading it through the hole in the head of the apartment key, I twist. Now, the key I need,for entry to my front door, is recognizable and I don’t need to stand in a poorly lit hallway looking like a burglar.

These days, keys are becoming obsolete.

Now doors are opened with cell phones, plastic cards, lifting your palm to a screen, having your face screened by a camera. Some doors require passwords punched out on a keypad. Some doors take several people with different codes to open. 

One thing is certain.

Thieves will always be able to get in your home if they want too bad enough.

Making entry harder only saves you from the lazy ones.





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