Lock-picking expedition #1
Last month I sat in on a lock-picking workshop and came home eager to practice my new skills. Eager as I was, buying a bunch of padlocks to practice on seemed a little silly. Fortunately, before I’d parted with a single centime I had an epiphany. I could practice my skills and perform a public service by working on the eyesores that blight the Pont de l’Archevêché (and many other Paris bridges).
Today was sunny and clear so I packed up my tools and headed out to put my plan into action. I picked my first lock (3 minutes 15 seconds) on the not very crowded Pont Saint-Louis and, feeling confident, moved on to the very crowded Pont de l’Archevêché. There I didn’t fare so well. 21 minutes and 10 frozen digits later I had nary a lock to show for my pains. As I put my tools away, I noticed closed locks scattered below the bridge’s railings. I scooped up a handful of these for continued practice in the warmth and privacy of my own home.
Round two was warmer but only slightly more successful: 3 locks in 31 minutes 53 seconds. The three I opened I opened quickly but the others would not budge. I will try again when time and weather permit. Hopefully, my next report will be of my many successes rather than today’s lack there of.
And speaking of lack of success, it’s clear I’m not going to save Paris’s bridges on my own. Maybe I should start a campaign: Lock pickers for more beautiful bridges! Or perhaps: Pick a lock, save a bridge!**
*nolovelocks.com is a real campaign against these unsightly and misguided tokens of affection.
**The double-heart shaped lock has no keyhole!