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A key dilemma

So, I needed to get a key cut today (no, don’t yawn…).

In America you go here to get your keys cut.

In America you go here to get your keys cut.

But could I bloody well find anywhere that in my ‘UK’ head might cut keys … ? Nope.

I Googled all sorts of key-cutting combinations and I could not find a place in my vicinity.

And so I did a tweet-shout-out to my Columbia, MD Twitter followers and they came straight back to me with the response “a hardware store” (the one literally at the end of my road, which was a bit annoying since I had driven round half of Columbia by then).

In the UK you go to funny little cobbler shops with weird, freaky mannequins to get your keys cut.

In the UK you go to funny little cobbler shops with weird, freaky mannequins to get your keys cut.

Of course, what had I been thinking?! I should have been looking for a big store that sells manure, lawnmowers and Cicada spray (Kendalls), not a little high street store like the ones back in the UK that re-heel shoes, sell mismatched plastic key fobs and those name labels that you can iron into your socks.

What I learned from today’s episode is this:

A) I have to start thinking ‘big,’ B) I have to start thinking in American terms, 
C) I am a bit blonde sometimes, 
D) Twitter is ace in times of need,
 E) The local social networking community is also ace.

My key is now cut and no freaky mannequins were encountered.


About the author

Claire Bolden

Claire Bolden McGill is a British expat who lived in Maryland for three years and moved back to the UK in August 2015. Claire wrote about her life as a British expat on the East Coast and now works in travel and hospitality PR in the UK. She still finds time to blog about her repatriation and the reverse culture shock that ensued - and she still hasn't finished that novel, but she's working on it. You can contact Claire via twitter on @clairebmcgill or via her blog From America to England. Contact the author.
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