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Mary's Stories

The Found Keys
Published June 4, 2008 in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.

As the summer season opens our staff at the Inn is in a flutter to clean and prepare the house. It is quite the task to clean up after the long winter and to get the house in tip-top shape. Last year on the third day of spring cleaning, one of our two washing machines broke. With linens for fourteen beds and towels for twenty guests to wash, not having one of our machines up and running caused our work to drag out into an all day process. Needless to say, the repair service was called immediately. When the serviceman came, I was told the part was not in stock in Fairbanks and had to be ordered from the factory.

The morning after his initial visit I noticed a set of keys hanging over the handrail of our deck on 7th Avenue. The keys were in the same spot where the repair truck had been parked. They were not household or door keys but rather industrial keys. I telephoned the repair company and asked if they were missing a set of keys. After describing them, I was told they were probably coin box keys for washers and dryers. The repair service said they would check around and get back to me, but no one called to claim the keys.

Four days later, my part arrived and the same serviceman returned to repair the washer. I showed him the keys and asked if they belonged to him. He looked at the keys and at the same time pulled his keys from his pocket. The keys looked very much alike. After a moment, he said he might know who the keys belonged too.

He rummaged through his bag for a phone number and telephoned someone saying there was a set of keys here at the Inn that might be hers. About ten minutes later, a lady arrived asking to see the keys. It turned out that on the day of the original service call, she had been visiting a friend on 8th Avenue. She had not locked her car while she was inside and upon her return discovered someone had stolen everything in the console, including the keys that belonged to a Laundromat. She had been to the appliance repair store to have new keys made but, unfortunately, did not have the serial numbers for the keys. The repair service was scheduled to core drill all the coin boxes the next day and install new locks at the cost of several hundred dollars do her. It goes without saying, she was very happy to find her keys.

When the lady left the Inn she thanked me and the repair person profusely. Her parting comment was that we had foiled her robber and she felt victorious rather than a victim. As an Innkeeper, I see and often experience events that remind me of the small town kindnesses that still takes place in Fairbanks. The appliance company lost a nice sale by doing the right thing in helping her locate her lost keys. For this lady, here is a recipe for a victory pie! Perhaps she will bake one for the folks at Appliance Service Company.

So easy, so yummy, Pineapple Coconut Pie

  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can 8.25 ounce undrained crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 unbaked pie shells 9

In a large bowl mix sugar, eggs and butter. Stir in pineapple, coconut, and vanilla.
Pour into pie shells and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until set.

INN TIPS: This is a great recipe for kids. With a little help from mom or dad, kids can bake a perfect pie for the next family event.

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Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

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