I've never outgrown my ambition to be a dashing spy, skilled in subterfuge and armed with neat espionage gear.
Last month, I watched all five years of "Alias", a TV show that ran from 2001-2006 and starred Jennifer Garner as secret agent Sydney Bristow. In every episode, Sydney broke into a secure location by picking door locks. It is a neat skill to have.
I'm proof that you're never too old to live your dreams. So... I studied and learned how to pick a lock. It's actually not hard. Once you grasp the concept, it just requires a little practice to get the feel of it.
Locks are interesting mechanical devices whose design hasn't changed in over a century. Once you understand how they work, it isn't difficult to defeat them. You just need two tools, a tension wrench and a pick.
I just bought those tools in a set suitable for secret agents -- they come concealed in a credit card! The credit card slides open to reveal the hidden tools. See the pictures below and note the name on the card.
Did you have any dreams as a child? Is it possible to achieve them now? Can you borrow some ice skates and win a local figure-skating competition?!
That is the coolest thing ever! Ally, you're a spy, a secret agent! Awesome! That could be a very handy skill for you at some point, hee hee.ReplyDelete
I have been wanting to try jewelry-making - I love jewelry, especially really elaborate designs. I think I would be good at it. I should look into a class. Thank you for the inspiration!
Great ambition! Go for it, Sheila. You'll be surprised at how happy it makes you.Delete
I love it- how secretive of you! Better be careful, I would be tempted to break into a candy store and steal some sweets with that skill :) I always wanted to be a ballerina so recently I took a barre fitness class and loved how elegant I felt with mirrors and bars all around!ReplyDelete
How fun!! And you never know, you might save yourself from having to call a locksmith one day.ReplyDelete
I'm still working on my dreams - figuring out what they are anyway!
You are a dark horse, aren't you! I had a big crush on Ilya Kuryakin (if that's even close to the right spelling). Hmmm, picking locks is not something I ever thought I'd like to do, but it does sound interesting. I think I'd rather learn to play the drums.ReplyDelete
Perfect spelling. All the girls loved him 'cause he was blond and handsome.Delete
Haha, that's so cool :D I'm gonna look if there are any on ebay :DReplyDelete
I got mine here:Delete
That is absolutely cool how you learned to pick locks! I think learning how to hot-wire a car would be fun. EVERYONE knows how but me.ReplyDelete
You make me smile.ReplyDelete
OMFG OMFG OMFG I want those!!!ReplyDelete
I have to say, I had two childhood dreams- to be an actress and to be a writer. I don't know if either are achievable now, but it doesn't stop me from trying (at least, at the writer one). (Although to be fair, I'm a damn good actor.)
Okay that is the coolest thing ever! I love that lock! My dream was to be a ballerina and I always wanted to write. I'm doing the second one now....ReplyDelete
Holy shit you are a badass!!!ReplyDelete
You are so amazing!!!!!ReplyDelete
Two things I wanted to be was a Mom (thankfully I got to don that one) and I really wanted to be a teacher ... so I will have to teach scrapbooking!
I wanted to be the ring mistress of my own circus. I'm still working on that.ReplyDelete
Well done, Mr. Bond, well done :)ReplyDelete
Love it! You are like my favourite lock-picking PI, Kinsey Millhone (by Sue Grafton) xReplyDelete
I think I need one of those credit cards!! This post really made me smile. Making an effort to live out our dreams, or little bits of them, is what makes us smile - we should all do it more.ReplyDelete
I'm more of a David McCallum fan (adore him as Ducky on NCIS)ReplyDelete
You go Secret Agent Ally!!
I adore that tool set. I bought my bf some crazy usb cufflinks last year that I thought were amazing and very James Bond. *P.S. I totally watched Alias again after our tweet. Have a good one. x/MadisonReplyDelete
Alias was my favourite show when it was on TV. Sunday nights I was glued to the TV. I dont want to be Sydney Bristow tho. Haha.ReplyDelete
awesome.. I love how inquisitive you are.. hence you buying a kit for picking locks.. so fun!!ReplyDelete
oh how fun! I loved locks when I was little, I've always liked the way the lock works, the mechanism.ReplyDelete
it's so cool you learn new things - that's way of best enjoying life.
love the set very stylish and I love James Bond card idea
Uh-oh...you know where I live!!! That's okay. Just let yourself in, and pour yourself a drink.ReplyDelete
I used to love "Alias" but haven't watched it in forever. Might just have to get back into it. I like Melanie's idea of learning how to hotwire a car!
OMG how cool! I think that it is awesome that you were able to get a taste of your childhood dream, in such a neat way!ReplyDelete
You are so adventurous ... I wish we were neighbours!ReplyDelete
Me, too. That way I could break into your home, sneak into your closet, and steal some of your cute clothes!Delete
And since you know how to pick locks now that's a real possibility. ;-)Delete
Wow, how cool.ReplyDelete
I love doing things that i've had on a mental list for some time, it gives me a sense of accomplishment. Wether its something small or huge.
For now I am focusing on my teaching degree :)
hehe that's cute. i always wanted to be a star. i would sit on my front steps and perform, and hope an agent would drive by. note: i lived in a tiny town in South GA. ;)ReplyDelete
Cute story, buddy.Delete
ok, you really did get those tools! i LOVE that they came in this credit card case!! how FUN!!ReplyDelete