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Friday Fun...You Can’t Go Without Me!

The other day I read Michael Jacobs’s post That Time I Threw Away My Keys, and it reminded me of a similar oops moment I had. 


Years ago when we got our Prius, it was the first car we’d owned with a key fob. It took a few times to remember that we didn’t need a “key” to open the door or start the engine and that you had to press a little button to turn the car off. 



One day, I was getting ready to meet a friend for lunch when Larry pulled up in the Prius and suggested that I take it. 

So, I got out of our other car and hopped into the already running Prius. Off I went to meet my friend. 


You know when you have one of those realizations that happens the split second you do something?!


Oh yes, I pulled into a parking spot at the restaurant, and just as soon as I pressed the POWER button to stop the car it hit me…



I don’t have the key fob!!! Larry had it with him when he handed the car off to me!


Well, the car wasn’t going anywhere, so I called Larry, had lunch and my friend drove me home. We retrieved the car later. 


There are times when I do miss the good old days when all you needed was a car key.


Comments (29)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am amazed that the car kept running.  In ours if you take the key fob out of our car, the car stops as soon as the  other person moves a certain distance.   LOL A 

Jun 18, 2021 06:56 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Kathy! WHat a funny story. I could totally see myself doing that as well

Jun 18, 2021 07:07 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm not a fan for that very reason. I prefer the old fashioned key. HaHa.

My Jeep is a 2008 so I don't have that problem. But our truck is new and I have very little knowledge on how to drive the thing.

Jun 18, 2021 08:31 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh man, that would have been a sinking feeling. I too have had those, "oh no!" moments.  I'm sure we can all related, Kathy. As I said in Michael's post, lately, it's my glasses that I tend to misplace, although, I often find them on my head, or I'm already wearing them. D'oh! 

Jun 18, 2021 08:46 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Right!!!! My vehicle has a fob. I am truly not sure why. What is the benefit? More expensive if you lose it?

Jun 18, 2021 11:06 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yikes! There are certain things I prefer doing the "old" way. But I do like power windows.

Jun 18, 2021 11:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sham Reddy CRS so far it's only happened once but I'd better knock wood.

Grant Schneider that happened to me when I was using my friend's car when I was visiting. Her security locked the car automatically if you left the car. 

Hi Roy Kelley We're staying inside as much as we can. It's hot!

Jun 18, 2021 12:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog Larry was in Miami for a meeting years ago. When he got out his keys were locked in the car. It was raining and dark and he had to call a locksmith. 

Wayne Martin I'm laughing with you because my first experience was when a friend had me drive his car. He was in it so he had to show me how to work the darn thing. 

Jun 18, 2021 12:45 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brian England what I said would have made a sailor blush. 

Michael Jacobs more cars have them now but I didn't like it at first. And, they're big!!

Joan Cox that was an issue with the Prius when people would leave them running in their garages. 

Jun 18, 2021 12:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander, Broker Larry and I each drive both of our cars so I keep the keys in the house. The darn car is so quiet that we make people jump all of the time when we are behind them in a parking lot. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I am too. It will make a beep if the fob leaves the car but yes, it kept going. 

Jun 18, 2021 12:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rocky Dickerson I wonder how many people have had that happen. 

Sharon Tara why am I not surprised! LOL I do miss my Expedition!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD When I had reading glasses, I kept pairs of them everywhere but somehow they all ended up in one room!!

Jun 18, 2021 12:53 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty no kidding!!!! I remember when I used to go out (in my much younger youth), all I had to take was my car key and house key and they fit in my pocket or wallet. 

Kat Palmiotti oh yes, I love my power windows and satellite radio. 

Jun 18, 2021 12:55 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Yep, I could see myself doing that. One of those "oh, crap" moments.


Jun 18, 2021 02:25 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - I felt that sinking feeling that you must have felt upon realizing that you didn't have the key fob!  YIKES.

Jun 18, 2021 03:09 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy that must have felt like a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you realized that.

Jun 18, 2021 03:11 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Nowadays I think they have an automatic shut off if you get too far away from the "key" in the event someone is attempting to steal it.

Jun 18, 2021 06:07 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Sometimes, I think technology has put us more behind than ahead!  

Jun 18, 2021 06:45 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ha ha loved the post and I do not remember the Michael Jacobs  post but I do remember seeing him get out of the Prius when we had a lunch meeting with Ron and Alexandra Seigel  Endre

Jun 18, 2021 10:52 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Never had one of those, I still do it the old fashion way.  Hopefully my next vehicle will let me do just that

Jun 19, 2021 12:05 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

that is a funny story - and one that we all have to protect against now!  I just gave my daughter a new prius for her graduation from University of Chicago business school.  I hated to hand it over! 

Jun 19, 2021 10:23 AM