This past weekend while hanging out with some friends, I learned a very valuable lesson about the door that leads from my room to the small deck attached. That is – the door locks if you close it behind you. Laughing with these friends about how ha ha we could have gotten locked out – what if – while we called a friend who was downstairs in the living room, I brushed off the event as one of the many amusing things that happen at the first get-together in your new apartment.
Fast forward three days and it is simply gorgeous outside. I have been feeling sick and sitting in the house all afternoon. I wander out onto the deck for a breath of fresh air and without even thinking, I shut the door behind me. There I am, roommate out of town, locked on the roof, with the neighbor’s dog barking at me incessantly.
Now I should mention that things are not so dire. The spare key to our apartment, just given out two days ago in case of an emergency, is less than a few hundred yards away, in the pocket of a very hard at work lab manager in the science building. Said lab manager was theoretically returning in two hours. However, once desperation struck about an hour and fifteen minutes into my roof climbing / sitting / imagining how many bones I’d break if I jumped off the roof adventure, I began to shout.
Interestingly enough, any adult that passed pretended that I was not shouting at them from the roof. Only kids noticed my existence, and at that, most just biked past waving. Finally I caught the attention of two girls who must have been about 12.
“Hey! Hey girls! Do you have a cell phone”
“But I’m locked out of my house and stuck on my roof”
They deliberated and eventually wandered into my yard. I convinced them that it was better for them to make a phone call from the yard rather than throw the phone to me, after which they called my family, who got in touch with the hero of this story, the lab manager.
All I can say is that I probably won’t live this down for a while. Or ever. Keep laughing, family. I think I can just quite hear you all the way from NJ.