I re-experienced two things that week that threw my mind back in time: Lava soap and a Master combination lock (and that lock on the home page is the lock that I got).
We got some Lava soap for the office down in Santa Cruz where we’ll be working for a few months. the first strange bit was that it was in pump form, so I wasn’t expecting the scent. But the scent was exactly the same as I remembered. And I remembered it from 40 years ago. My Dad’s father was a mechanic. He worked on cars before they ad computers in them. And so he had oil and grease worked into his fingers all the time. And the bathroom at Granny’s always had a bar of Lava soap for Papaw to clean his hands.
The combination lock almost sent me back as far because I used to use one to lock my bicycle up at elementary school. I remember drilling those three numbers into my head so that I would not forget them. Later, I got another one because the old one had died due to rain and grit. The second combination lock had a number that by the time I got it had actual significance: 0-18-12. The War of 1812 was a fun war to learn about in school, so the number stuck. It makes me wish I still had the lock.