About a month goes by when a call brings me to another old Sentry.
This one is very similar to the previous - barring a few minor differences.
Having learned some valuable lessons from that one - this went smoothly.
Initially I was concerned as the dial spun freely - I felt no contact at all
. Almost as if
there was no drive wheel even. However, bringing the dial out
while turning pulled
the drive wheel up against the others - the wheels picked up as normal & motion
was transferred. Problem solved. The remainder of the manipulation would just
have the added minor annoyance of continuous pull-pressure when spinning.
She had attempted to change the combo some 20 yrs ago and was never able to open it again.
She no longer had the original combo, nor did she have the combo that she had changed it to.
Honestly, I don't know how much this would have helped me anyway. I understand that all the
combinations will be relative to each other - a progression of sorts. Simple enough to do the
math if the drive wheel has only four positions to choose from... but this one has eleven?
Any thoughts on this? I dunno, for me it seemed simpler & quicker to just manipulate.
So this safe and the opening of it is nothing all too special. But my encounter with this lady was
She was hands down THE most grateful person I've opened a safe for so far. When I first arrived
she had immediately offered me some coffee. Now, as she sifted through the sentimental contents
from within the safe, she asked what she owed. I said that I would absolutely love that cup of coffee.
We sat and talked for a while. She shared with me some of her life, both good & bad. I did the same.
Some of the tragedy and heartache she had endured - quite honestly, if it were me, I'm not so sure I
would have fared so well. And yet, there she was... her calmness, her love and her faith for life still
very much intact and clearly defined. I want
that strength. And surely I gained a small amount of it
simply through seeing. Listening. I believe we both
left with more hope and passion in our hearts.
I look too deep into things sometimes. But it seems to me....
the two of us met up over more than just a safe that day..