I need somebody…HELP!

August 12, 2008

Last week, I went to work at a new location.

(I was hired as a traveling position so sometimes I travel to different parts of the state for coverage).

I had never been to this building before, and as I was leaving at the end of the day, it was suggested to me that I take the stairs. I was on the third floor, and thought that would be a good idea, since I had taken the elevator up that day, why not get some extra exercise? great. I am walking down the steps, get down to the bottom floor, go to the door that I thought would lead me outside, and it is locked. All the doors locked behind me. And of course I have no key since this is not my normal place of business.

Panic. Shit. I am stuck in the stairwell of a building where 95% of the workforce had already left. I had no phone numbers of the building since I had left my directory at home. I am thinking I am going to spend the night in the stairwell, unless I could get the attention of, I don’t know, the cleaning staff?

I book it up three flights of stairs, and start knocking on the door that I had originally left from, the last place I had seen people. Knock….knock…nothing. Wait. Knock…KNOCK…knock…knock…(add some hellos)…knock…knock. This ensued for maybe 7 minutes at the most, until I heard people approaching. “Wait..wait we are coming!” They open the door. I explain to them what happened, and they pointed out to me that there was a door across from the original door I tried to get out of on the ground level, that led to the outside. It was just hidden between a metal detector. Either way, was escorted down the elevator, shown the correct door, and went on my merry way.

Talk about embarrassment. Even worse: my “boss” is a judge. Although I am not usually intimidated by them because I work closely with them, it was still embarrassing to have someone with so much “power” point something so simple out to me. I was so glad to be rescued, but even happier to get the hell out of there.

We have seen each other since, and, luckily, nobody speaks of this incident.

Think about it:

“Love is everything it’s cracked up to be…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.” – Erica Jong
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