Mrs. Edge has gone to Bangalore for what will essentially be the entire month of July. Her company has been trying to set up a customer service operation, and has not had much success here, so they are subcontracting, and the contract ended up literally half a world away. Mrs. Edge is on the team to provide quality and support.
Knowing that she was going to be traveling for an extended period, we had a discussion about making the lock secure. This was a result of our (frankly, disappointing) experience with the Birdlock. The locking pin broke while she was away, so I removed the device and replaced it with my CB6k (and I replaced that with my 3k when she got back) Her concern was that should something similar happen, how would we relock me? And how would she know I hadn’t carefully unwrapped the key?
Generally, we just wrap up an emergency key for me in some tape, and she signs and dates it. So far it’s worked well, but she wanted something more resistant to tampering — not that this has ever been an issue, just that it adds to the hawtness. I brought my question to several chastity groups, but to no avail. I looked for various devices meant to hold keys safely, but all of the tamper-proof items that I ran across were rather large. I wanted something small enough to take on my keyring — and I’m not one of those guys who likes to hang a huge jangle of keys off my belt loop. Other suggestions included molding the key in resin or epoxy and smashing it open with a hammer, keeping the key elsewhere, sealing it in a glass bottle, etc. As helpful as they tried to be, apparently, some of the respondents were unfamiliar with the concept of “emergency.”
We thought of another issue, too. If, for some reason, I needed to use the key, what would keep me from using it again and again? After mulling this over, I remembered that I had another lock with two keys. If for some reason I needed to open one lock, I could replace it with the other. Yes, I know — what if I needed to open that lock as well? We decided to risk it; I have never, in the past, needed to use my emergency key. In fact, the tape on my key was two years old, and was almost worn away when this conversation took place.
That still left the problem of how to secure the keys.
Now, you would think that with my McGuyver-ish talents that I’d be able to think of something, but I drew a blank. The fact is that most of the time that I’m locked, I’m using my modded CB3k, which is the only device that has not failed; I’ve simply never needed to worry about having to take it off to replace or repair something (at least, not in the couple of years or so that I’ve been happy with the modifications), so I’ve never given any thought to the problem. And recently, I’ve made some stainless steel locking pins and spacers, so I certainly don’t have top worry about those breaking.
I’m afraid that our solution is going to seem rather mundane.
The day she left, Mrs. Edge took my emergency key, and the second key to my spare lock, and a short while later, presented me with this:
The stupid cell phone pictures aren’t very clear; Mrs. Edge, showing an interesting streak of creativity (not to mention some serious interest) wrapped each key in a type of tape that is easily destroyed when tampered (she got it from work), and then wrapped them again in clear plastic tape, pretty much ensuring that any attempt to undo the package would tear the lower layer. Each key is signed on the inner layer, so I can’t simply re-wrap the keys.
Actually, this is kind of neat, because it shows a little initiative on her part with regard to the actual mechanics of the device that is normally left up to me. I had no idea that she she had any security tape. She has copies of these pictures, in case she feels the need to compare them to the actual articles when we finally meet up at the end of the month. But she also said that we might not need the keys, anyway.