It's almost time to close my little soap shop in Chesapeake City as the owners have new plans for the space. I was having a nice Saturday down there, until I created my own little drama. I thought I would share here.
It's a Saturday here in the town on the water, so....busy. And I have a story.
I was running out to talk to another store owner and decided to lock the door so I don't get robbed. I haven't done this in the entire time I have been here, but today seemed like a great day to start.
So, I locked my door ( which is a padlock--this part is important).
I got halfway down the sidewalk and realized I brought the wrong key with me.
**Moment of panic*****
There are now 3 customers waiting on the porch with things to buy. in their little hands...
I tell them I locked myself out - please come back in 5 until I track down someone with a key.
I run in the backdoor of the Inn because Ed (owner) has a key, but always loses it, but this is the chance I have to take because I can't call anyone else - phone is in the shop.
I proceed to run up and down and all over the Inn.
No one is home...they took the dog out walking. Both Ed and Sarah. This never happens.
***Brief panic returns***
I stand there stuck and just looking at my building. I'm a 'freeze up' kind of fight or flight person.
I then notice the air conditioner unit in one of my windows and get an idea.......
Thinking to myself: If I lift up the window (in this 1800's building...) and gently pull out the AC unit, I can simultaneously put something in to catch the window when it slams shut and I will avoid decapitation when I reach in. Win win.
This is brilliant. Maybe I can actually reach my key behind the checkout stand. I don't know why I thought this because there was no way I was going to reach that key.
I lift out the unit and put a soap bar in to hold the place after running around looking for rocks or other small objects.
I realize the unit is plugged in and I can't sit it down because it will just dangle in the air. Now I'm holding the unit and the window...
I stand there stuck as people watch me.
Smile and wave. All good here.
I think about the fact that this is my life....
I prop up the AC unit with one of the big rocks as I reach my go -go- gadget arm around the inside to unplug it and sort of just dangle out the window.
It's too far away.
I then try to reach toward the general area of the key. Yeah, that's not going to work either.
I run back to the Inn and grab a chair.
I'm wearing a skirt. This is also worth noting.
The customers are watching me as are people who walk by on the street.
I proceed to stand on the chair and not very gracefully hurl myself through the window while trying not to break my grandmother's shelf that is in front of it....
I have this kind of Rocky moment where I throw my hands in the air and wait for music to play, but then.....
....Remember the padlock part?
Yeah, I can't actually get back out.
I have now locked myself INSIDE of the building.
I look out the window and see two of Ed's bar employees passing by and I thank the Lord that I don't have to fall out of that window and sprawl onto the quaint little brick path.
The customers who watched were so impressed they bought half the store....not kidding. I should have done this a long time ago!
Ed poked his head around just as I was walking outside to greet the customers waiting.
He's holding the AC Unit...
He's going to miss me.