Drinking My Own Risk Kool-Aid
The (almost) car key debacle.
I would be a fraud if didn’t at least try to live by the lessons laid out in my own book.
Recently, I got a chance to drink my own Risk-Kool-Aid and turn what could have been a disaster into a non issue.
A few weeks ago I was getting dinner with few friend on Rainey Street in Downtown Austin. I wore these nice linen blue pants that were cool in all ways...except in their unwillingness to hold car keys.
Walking away from the restaurant I pat myself down and notice said car keys were missing. I rush back to the restaurant, and luckily my keys were there waiting for me.
It made me think of what would have happened if I really did lose my keys.
Now, I'm a fairly responsible guy who rarely loses stuff, but even so, the probability that it could happen at some point was too high for me to be comfortable with.
In this particular case I wouldn't be able to drive my car, let alone move it. Since I was parked downtown my car would be at risk of getting broken into, racking up parking fees, and getting towed to some bullshit lot where I’d have to pay hundreds of dollars to get it taken out.
I would freak out, pause my life, and scramble to get myself out of this mess as fast as possible. Merely thinking about it made me anxious.
No thank you.
Like I say in the book, I could solve a cheap problem today, or an expensive problem later.
I chose to solve a cheap problem today.
In this case the solution was quick and easy. I drove to a key replacement shop and got a duplicate car key made. At $230 it was more money than I was expecting to pay, but the relief that knowing I have a backup is more than worth it.
Now if I ever do lose my car key, a situation that would have been a shit show will now merely become an apathetic shrug.
Sometimes Kool-aid is healthy.
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