After days of waiting for the key ring to suddenly appear, Kent and I started searching in earnest for the keys. We turned our couches inside out to no avail; it's amazing and disgusting what actually gets trapped inside the crevasses of our couches. We searched the cars, the diaper bag, my purse, our pants pockets, and anything else we could think of. Nothing! I was getting more and more frustrated knowing the mail was piling up in our mailbox that we couldn't get to (not to mention our Netflix movie that was waiting to be watched!) But we still held out hope that they keys would appear.
On the fifth day, that would be yesterday, I started calling around to find out how much it was going to cost to replace everything. The post office said that our boxes were actually "builder" boxes, which means the HOA handles it. The HOA said we had to call a contracted company. The contracted company said it would cost $63, and we would have to wait a WEEK before they could come. What?!?! And this is just for the mail key. Forget the keyless entry to my car, which I haven't even started trying to deal with yet. Kent suggested we search again before spending the money to replace everything.
One more fruitless search, and I finally decided to put our mail on hold at the post office and start the process of replacing the mail key. I called the post office, and a very nice postal worker told me that she could give the number of an independent locksmith who could do it for $40 and would get it replaced within 24 hours. So, after all of the searching, phone calls, and frustration, the independent locksmith came 2 hours after I called him this morning, replaced the lock, gave us 3 mail keys, and charged us $50 instead of the $40 suggested by the postal lady. But, it is replaced!!!
Now to replace house keys and the keyless entry remote.