Safe? Safer? Safest?
Posted by episode81 on August 4, 2011
I realized a few weeks ago that I needed somewhere to stash my important papers. I used to have a fire safe. In fact I had two, but now I don’t.
I started looking online for one – or two – but couldn’t decide. They come in all shapes, sizes and prices. I really think it is a crap-shoot. Who knows which one will survive intact, or not?
Anywho, I digress …
A colleague suggested a bank safe deposit box. Not as convenient, but unlikely to go up in smoke. I got on the phone to my bank. Nothing available in Palo Alto and a waiting list that is longer than a year. Menlo Park came through – with a tiny 5″ x 2″ box. It is very deep and so good enough for what I needed. Also, it is only $20/year! Nice.
It was quite the James Bond moment being ushered into the vault and past the most fabulous vault door I have ever seen. In fact, the only one I have ever seen. All the cogs and workings are on view behind a glass panel. There are little whirling disks that are probably for the timer lock and all sorts of bars and mechanisms. I wanted to take a pic, but I assumed the guard might take offense and even spill his coffee.
Next time I am there, I will check out the manufacturer’s plate and see if I can find out more about it.
Not as cool as Einstein’s sandals, but not too shabby.