and another adventure

February 5, 2010 at 8:06 pm 1 comment

I’m not sure what the combination of me, college, and going places is, but I haven’t even been here two semesters and I’ve already been stranded three times.  The bus broke down in October (though it was fixed, happily, and only took an extra hour).  I got stranded in a snowstorm in December.  And yesterday, I got stuck in a staircase. 

I was in the student union, going to the ballet club’s office and paying my dues.  Now, the Hub has two main floors, which are wide open and have giant staircases connecting them; there are also multiple floors above that where you have to be more creative in finding staircases.  But staircases abound.  And in leaving the office, I took the first one I saw, which I quickly learned was not the one I had walked up on. 

Please tell me who thought it was a good idea to have all the doors lock on the inside.  “Ooh!  In case some criminal wants to come and rob poor college clubs, or just wreak havoc, we’ll make this one staircase where the doors lock and trap him!  Never mind all of the other, open staircases he could have taken.” 

I mean, gee, if you wanna lock a stairwell I would definitely suggest locking it on the outside and preventing people from getting into it in the first place. 

So I run down the steps to the first floor, and the door is locked.  I see students studying.  Oh, maybe this is some kind of meeting and they locked the door.  So  I start going down the next flight of steps, but then I see trash bins on the landing and it just looks rather sketchy/creepy, and I decide to instead go back up to the office floor and take another staircase.  And hope that Shannon, who I had just given my money to, would not see me trotting back past the office to go down different steps. 

And the door that I just went through is locked on the inside, too. 

So.  I could pound and yell, and maybe someone would hear me.  Maybe.  Or I could call my roomie, who would have just gotten back from classes, and babble something incomprehensible like “I’m in the Hub stuck in a staircase and can you come get me out?  And I know there’s a million and one staircases, but I really don’t know where I am.”  Then I remember that I still have Shannon’s number in my phone because I had called her earlier. 

Terribly grateful that I have her number, and terribly embarrassed to admit this stupid thing, I did call her and didn’t even finish my sentence before she had opened the door.  “I’ve done that too!  But yeah, you don’t want to take those stairs.” 


This escapade lasted all of about thirty seconds, but I did get a good story out of it.  And I hear that we’re supposed to get a lot of snow this weekend.  And I’m taking the bus next weekend.  Let’s hope that those two factors don’t mix!


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  • 1. Joanna  |  February 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I was laughing my head off as I read about this adventure. It sounded so like me, that I couldn’t help it.

    After all, I’ve been stuck in..

    a tree

    the bathroom stall – I mean, what do you do when you’re in the stall and it won’t unlock? There wasn’t enough room under the door to squirm through, so I had to stand on top of the toilet and climb OVER.

    a bathroom where the door was stuck. I had to scream, since I didn’t have the luxury of a cellphone. Thankfully, someone came to my rescue and got me out.

    in an elevator. Boy, was I scared then. 15 minutes is a long time to be stuck in an elevator. I had to use the little phone in the thing and call the operator, who sent some engineers out to rescue me.

    Yes, dear, I totally understand.
    P.S. What I want to know, who is that person who thought it was genius to lock doors like that?!


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