teahouseblossom
Monday, May 04, 2009

      ( 9:00 AM ) teahouse
 
Minor Setback

Thanks for the well wishes, everyone.

My grandmother's funeral is today. I was unable to make it there to attend, but my parents will let me know when they've returned home from it.

Over the weekend, I was stuck working both days.

On Saturday, I went into the office.

About an hour after I'd arrived, I went to the bathroom but forgot to bring my access card. In my office, the bathrooms are in this little alcove next to the service elevators, with card-access-only doors on both sides.

So I got trapped in that little space! On both sides, the doors slammed closed and locked me out.

I was stuck there for about 20 minutes, unable to figure out how to get out, banging on the door but realizing I was the only person in the office, unable to call out on the internal telephone hanging on the wall, unable to call the access elevator, getting more and more panicked.

Finally, I took the only way out that was left to me - I ran out the fire escape, bolting down almost 30 flights of stairs.

When I got to the basement, I tripped the motion sensor and WOW! Talk about a loud, shrieking building-wide alarm!

I ended up in the lobby of the building, where security people were running around in response to the alarm.

I ran in, waving my arms yelling, "It was me, it was me! False alarm!!! I was locked out of my office!"

Totally embarrassing.

After that, I had to hang out in the lobby for 45 minutes to wait for the management company guy to show up to let me in.

"Why is he taking so long?" I asked the guard in the lobby.

"Oh, he has to stop at 3 buildings before ours," said the guard. "...for other people who were working on a Saturday and locked themselves out of their offices!"
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