Giveaway: Baron Fig Lock & Key Set

It has come to my attention that the Baron Fig Lock & Key set is no longer available. While the “Lock” notebook is still available, the brass “Key” pen is sold out. So…

I thought I might be a generous soul and give my set away to one lucky reader. The set has been opened for review but has not been used. You will receive the box, all paperwork and packaging as shown in the review.


All you have to do is tell me a “I got locked out” story. I’ll pick one winner from entries who PLAYED BY THE RULES in this giveaway. Let’s do this!

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Thursday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your actual email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 7 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US and APO/AFO only, sorry.

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  1. I decided to put a lock screen password on my desktop computer. I wrote down the password and put it away. Somehow the password got thrown away and I was locked out of my computer forever.

  2. So…nearing my wife’s due date for our first child, We took an excursion to the library to distract her. While we we inside picking up dvds and books, she started having early labor symptoms. We got to the car to go back home, and realized the keys were inside (my fault). The care/locksmith service took forever to come…luckily, the library had not yet closed and childbirth (that time) was a marathon rather than a sprint.

  3. After attending an outdoor play I put my folding chair in the car and returned to chat with the cast. A short wile later I noticed that my keys were gone. They had fallen out of my pocket while the chair was being put away and were lying on the back seat, safely locked in the car! (This was over a hundred mile out of town too.) Had to call a lock smith to get the door opened.

  4. Great to see you guys in Little Rock! Loved your table and your work.

    My brother was house sitting for his band teacher. He went out back one morning to feed the dog, shorn. The door closed behind him with an ominous ‘click.’ His phone was inside. He was only wearing underwear. “It was at that moment…” (you know the rest…). He considered going to the neighbors house for help. But a pale white guy at your front door clad only in boxers would probably not go well. So he just sat down and waited. He reasoned that If he didn’t show at work, someone would come, eventually. All morning he could hear his phone ringing like mad. Work called. Mom called. Our other Brother called. Dad called. Everyone is panicking. Something must be terribly wrong. Finally the other brother goes to the house, convinced he’s coming to collect the body of our deceased brother. And there he was, smiling on the back porch. In his underwear. Everyone was glad and furious at the same time, but to his credit, his strategy worked!

  5. Many years ago when my daughters were still little we were locked out of the house due to miscommunication with my husband. I had to hoist one up to the kitchen window and get her to crawl in. Her biggest fear was not that she would fall but that someone would see her. We made sure to hide a spare key after that.

  6. First day of my summer job after high school, I turned off my car, got out, manually locked the door locking my keys in the ignition. I explained the problem and asked the receptionist for a wire hanger, which I used to unlock my car.

  7. More like a “I got locked in” story, but when I moved into my first ever dorm room on the first day of my freshman year of college, I was unable to get the door open despite having the right key. The RA’s universal key didn’t work either. Eventually with enough force we were able to get the door open, as it turns out it was sealed shut by a thick coat of paint on the door that didn’t quite fit properly in the door frame. Late that night when setting up my room to go to sleep, I tried to go out of my room to use the bathroom and found that the door wouldn’t open again. I couldn’t get enough grip on the knob to yank it open, and I had no one to call for help since I had moved into the dorm early and no other students were on campus yet. I was locked in my own room and locked out of the rest of the dorm, and my way out was calling the campus police to get them to kick the door open for me. Afterwards, maintenance spent hours sanding the paint off my door so I wouldn’t be locked out again. It was a great start to college.

  8. Leaving work and knew I needed fuel, pulled into the gas station and my car died, managed to roll it to a pump. Got it fueled and went in to pay, came out and realized that when I locked the car to go pay I had left my keys on the passenger seat. Fortunately a fireman was on his way home and had a jimmy bar with him and got it unlocked for me!

  9. When I first moved to the US I was going for a bike ride and left the keys in my rented room. Luckily, the neighbor was home and was able to show me how to climb up on the trash cans, remove the screen on the window and climb in trough the window to get the keys. I never left my keys in the room again, and I remembered to lock my window too. 🙂

  10. I rented a friend’s house for a while. One night my mom came to have dinner. We went out and… I forgot to bring the keys with me. So I ended up breaking a window to the basement in the back. That caught the neighbor’s attention but my mom defused things by yelling,”It’s okay, he lives here.” I got the window replaced for $100.

    But it turned out that all the windows on the front side of the house were unlocked. Oops. Oh well. At least the story came in handy here.

  11. As latch-key kids, my older brother and I were pretty hopeless. Though highly responsible in general, we rarely remembered to bring a house key with us and were often locked out. The instance that I remember most clearly, however, was when a neighbor took pity on us as we sat on the front steps of the house awaiting our parents and brought us freshly-baked cookies. It was the start of a decades-long friendship.

  12. Locked Out of Civilization by Hurricane Matthew.

    October 14, 2016, hurricane Matthew has just pounded the North Carolina. My wife, our pot belly pig Daisy, and I were staying in a rental house in Ocean Isle, NC while our home in Myrtle Beach, SC was being built. We had heard reports all week that the storm was coming. Some reports said it was going to miss us, while others said it was going to definitely hit. We decided to not take a chance and head for Charlotte, North Carolina. We ended up renting a hotel and that night it ended up getting hit hard by the rain. We were only at the hotel for 3 hours, when we then decided to pack our stuff and try to head more inland.

    We ended up in a town called Lumberton, NC. We could not find a hotel and the rain was coming down super hard. It was really hard to drive in. My wife, Daisy and I decided to sleep in the hotel’s parking lot that did not have any more rooms available for anyone. The next morning we woke up and tried to head back to home. We soon found out that the power was cut because of the storm. Luckily our tanks were full. After being stranded 3 days, with low food, water, and no power sleeping in our cars, we had to try to get out. We finally came across a road that was flooded. With my wife in her car, and myself in mine with Daisy in my back seat, we decided to risk it. It was our only way to get back to Ocean Isle, NC.

    My wife decided to pick up a steady speed and try to skim across the flooded two-lane road. I then quickly skimmed behind her. There were times where I found my tires quickly spinning but I kept on the gas. My wife successfully made it across. I was at that point halfway. I then pushed the gas pedal to the floor as my car had started to slow down from the water dragging it down. I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it across. With a final yank of the wheel, my car stopped slowing down and quickly gained traction again. I successfully made it across. People in huge lifted trucks on the opposite side looked at my wife’s Ford Focus and my Chevy Cruze in astonishment that we had made it across a flooded road where water was rushing across it.

    At the end of the road, we were finally able to make it to this very old gas station that surprisingly had gas from a backup generator. We filled up and then after a couple detours and back roads made it back to Ocean Isle, NC. We felt really stupid because nothing happened on our street. We could have stayed and been safe the entire time. We know better to take a chance with a hurricane though. No matter what we were leaving. We were relieved to be back home, and not locked out from society any longer.

  13. Came home late one night. Went for the house keys in the jacket pocket they were always in. Couldn’t find them. Thought I had left them in the house so had to break in through a basement window. Once inside; I found the keys; in a different pocket.

  14. Two summers ago, a friend and I decided to camp on Angel Island. Since it was fairly close, we decided to public transport there. As I was coming back, I realized that I forgot to bring keys because all our house keys are attached to car keys and I didn’t drive my car. I was pretty panicked because I had a dinner to attend that evening and I knew hiking clothes was not part of the dress code. Since there were no spare keys, I had to break in through a window. It was a little too easy for comfort. When I finally got in, I could not have been more happy/exhausted.

  15. I was heading to work (early morning shift) and living in the deep North had a lot of ice and snow to get off the car before going anywhere. I started the car so the defrost could work on the window from the inside while I took the brush and scraper to the outside. By the time I got all the windows clear I found that I had (out of habit) locked the door behind me so I was locked out of my (running) car and my apartment. My phone was in my purse which was in the car. I went upstairs and knocked on my neighbor’s door…. remember this is an early morning and it was a weekend so I woke them up. They had only recently moved in and we had not yet officially met. She tried to help break into my apartment (we failed) and let me use her phone & phone book to call and get somebody to get into my car. The police couldn’t\wouldn’t help but gave me the number to a tow truck company that was open at that hour and could help with a lock-out. My neighbor was nice enough to wait with me until they arrived, my car was very toasty by the time they got me back in, and my neighbor became one of my closest friends & mother to my god-children.

  16. My wife has a friend who is perpetually single and very unhappy about it, to the point that she does hurtful things unintentionally. One of these things is that she annually organizes “ladies only” events for her birthday, even though she would be super offended if she were to be excluded from the birthdays of any of her male friends. It’s a little thing, but it annoys me because I’ve made an effort to include her in my celebrations, with no reciprocity.

    Anyway, a few years ago, on the evenings of this friend’s birthday celebration, I decided that rather than sitting at home at our apartment by myself being annoyed, I’d have a friend over and make my own evening activities. I called my friend, and while waiting for him, I ran my dogs outside for a walk. Unfortunately, I left my apartment keys inside, and I had turned the little thumb-lock on the door handle, so once the door was shut, I was locked out. I called my friend back to give him a warning, but he said he had nothing better to do, so he still came over, and we hung out on my back porch (I had a terrace level apartment, so we just walked around behind the building.) After a couple of hours he bid his adieu, and I finally decided to call my wife, and break the news to her that I had been locked outside all night. She took it as her excuse to exit for the night (I even told her that if she wanted to run home, toss me her keys, and run back I’d have no issue with that) and so she came home and rescued me from being stuck outdoors.

  17. I am currently locked out of my tablet. For months the only way I could enter my pin was by holding the tablet vertically. That was fine until a few days ago when the tablet froze in the vertical position and will not change no matter what position I hold it in.

  18. I parked to go to school and opened my door, but realized I needed to pack some things in my backpack I had sort of just slung into the car. While I was doing this I pulled my key out by just a notch to get it to stop beeping at me. I get stuff done, get out and push my door shut, checking my pocket at the same time and find it empty. Yep. Keys were still in the ignition. At least the engine wasn’t on. But I did have to get my father to drop off the spare.

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