I was on a roll on a particular machine when my cell phone rang. It was around 1:15 a.m. and Susan said she was tired and calling it a night. I told her I would be right behind her and cashed out. That is when our adventure begins….
I waited in the hallway, this time, holding up the wall and guarding the crepes while Susan returned to the lobby, this time, escorted back by a security officer with a master key. The key didn’t work. Arghhh! He apologized for the inconvenience and quickly contacted maintenance, thinking it was a minor technical issue. Meanwhile, Susan and I were fading fast from exhaustion and dying to dig into the crepes (not particularly in that order).
A kindly maintenance man showed up and attempted to open the door to no avail. Another maintenance man was summoned. He advised the Security Officer they would need to get the “E-Card,” E meaning Emergency. By that time we were in the presence of two security officers and two maintenance men…in the hallway of the hotel, nearing 2:15 a.m. (People passing by could have been thinking we had been busted for breaking into a room and messing up the door in the process – except for the fact we were all laughing.) “Our guys” could not believe this was happening and informed us this had never happened before.
While waiting for the life-saving E-Card, we had a nice chat with the guys and one of the security officers even went back to the lobby, bringing us back cold, bottled water. The magic access card arrived and guess what? Yep, you got it…It didn’t work. At that point, it was decided to get a little device that slid under the door to grab the door handle (similar to a slim-jim). So, one of the maintenance men trekked back to wherever they store their tools. Guess what? The door was too low to the ground….no matter how hard he tried, he could not lift the door up enough.
At that point we had three choices:
- Go around to the back of the hotel and try to enter through the glass sliding doors (we were on the first floor). Susan had left the glass slider open a bit but locked the screen.Obviously, #3 was the only valid option and guess what? IT WORKED!!!!! Sadly, because the screen door was very secure, it couldn’t be pulled off the track. It had to be cut to access the lock.We were in! “Our guys” were so apologetic and sweet. We were offered an upgraded room since we wouldn’t be able to come and go … but by this time it was nearing 3:00 a.m. and we would be checking out in a few hours. All we wanted to do is dig into the crepes and crawl into our beds.I’m sure Susan will never forget her 32nd sobriety celebration (I know I won’t!). Our adventure was a source of laughter which dissolved any feeling of inconvenience. “Our guys” worked feverishly to resolve the issue, and we can’t say enough about how special they made us feel.By the way …. The crepes were worth the wait!