It’s gone. I know it’s probably silly to get worked up about losing something as mundane as a cheap combination lock, but you gotta understand—I’ve had that lock since middle school and I have a certain fondness for objects that have been with me for a long time. For almost 20 years that lock served me faithfully, securing my valuables. It’s traveled thousands of miles around the world, accompanying me on all three of my international journeys. The combination to unlock it is burned into my brain. I’d gladly pay several times its value to get it back. Obviously to proper thing to do now is just get another lock, but even if I buy one that looks exactly the same I’m still going to feel a strange hole in my life for awhile.

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