The worst nightmare of every Active Software employee just came
true for me.
I got locked in the bathroom zone! Argh!!!
You're probably thinking something along the lines of "Doofus is such
an idiot! Why didn't he bring his access card with him?".
I have always known that the day was coming where I would forget my
access card while going to the bathroom, and the unthinkable would
happen. But this wasn't that time. Well, it was the time for the
However, this time I DID bring my access card with me! But the access
card reader by the bathroom access door isn't working! (Facilities
might want to do something about this.) Too bad I didn't notice this
on the way TO the bathroom instead of coming FROM the bathroom.
So I'm standing there fruitlessly holding my access card against the
reader, hoping that if I wait long enough something will happen. But I
already know this is hopeless because the little red light isn't even
Of course now I start pounding on the door. Then I start pounding
really hard. I notice that the door is quite solid. I continue to
make random shouting and pounding noises until I finally come to accept
that there is nobody here.
Now I'm thinking "This isn't so bad, I'll just go out through one of
these other doors." Uh, right. As if Executive Travel is going to
leave their doors unlocked in the middle of the night just in case some
hapless Active Software employee needs a way to escape from the
Ok. So now I'm getting a bit worried. Am I going to end up camped out
in the hallway for the rest of the night? After thinking for a while
about sleeping on the hard floor for eight hours, I decide that I am
going to find some way to escape.
I noticed earlier while trying all the doors that there is a ladder in
the janitorial closet. Could this be the key to my freedom? I climb
up, and notice that it is really dark. I let my eyes adjust, and then
see that I am in a small attic room that is walled in with plaster
board. I can't get over on top of the Active part of the building or
even on top of the bathroom hallway because there are all these
annoying walls. This doesn't help much.
So I go back down. My next trick is to stack up some paper towel boxes
next to the door thinking that I'll go over the door. I push out the
roof tile. Big surprise, another wall.
I'm starting to think that it all makes sense. After all, what is the
point of having a security door if you can simply circumvent it?
So I begin to accept the fact that I'm stuck. But after thinking about
things for another ten minutes I'm decide that I REALLY want to get out
I go back up into the attic room and let my eyes adjust for a long
time. I can see well enough to make my way over to the plaster wall
separating me from the Active part of the building.
The wall seems pretty sturdy. But then I find some seams and decide
the wall isn't as sturdy as it first appeared. I can probably make it
I stop to think about it. Is it worth destroying this wall to get out
of here? It's about 12:30 (I think), I'll be stuck in here for about
eight hours. Ick. Or the building could catch fire. That wouldn't be
Then I remember that it isn't my fault that I am locked in. It is
Facilities fault. Facilities is the one that will have to replace this
Okay. My feelings of guilt about destroying the wall have vanished.
That wall is coming down.
I can't really see because it is so dark, but I manage to find a break
in the seam. So I start pulling on it. Then I pull harder. Then a
lot harder. Finally a piece of wall breaks off. Yay!
Now my job is easy. I remove the wall along the seam and put it to the
side. Then I take out the ceiling tile in front of me. Oh joy! It's
the engineering conference room!
I notice that it is a long way down. As if that is going to stop me
now. So I jump down. OUCH! This floor is just as hard as the floor
in the bathroom hallway.
I'm FREE!!! YAY!!!!
Maybe I'd better write some email explaining the damage to the wall by
the engineering conference room before I go home...