Wednesday, November 14, 2012

lost keys

Some days, I have the luck of a lost kitten at the dog pound.
Yesterday may have been one of those days.
You know that big crack between the elevator and the floor?
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you dropped your keys through that crack?
Yeah, me either.

After yesterday, I know what happens if you drop your keys through that very scary crack.
The keys drop all the way to the dungeon and you find out who your true friends are.  Well, maybe they are the creative friends who enjoy a good challenge.  Either way, I'm glad I know them.

I did call the building manager of the Old Mill before we took matters into our own hands.
Turns out, you can't get to the dungeon of the Old Mill without calling the elevator company (who happens to be out of town).  It's a very costly call, I'm told.  And there's no guarantee when they will make it to Newton.

Thank goodness, I work with a couple of very creative people who are always up for a challenge.
We used a happy birthday streamer/wire decoration and taped a heavy duty magnet to the end of the wire with some packing tape.  Pretty resourceful, don't you think?
The tricky part was feeding the magnet through the crack.  It kept sticking to the metal side of the elevator car on the underneath side.  We found a heavy duty stick and whacked it a couple of times.

Ok, maybe "we" didn't do all this.  I took the pics and cheered :)

It didn't take long to grab the keys with the magnet once it was 8 feet below the elevator.
Very carefully, "we" brought the keys back up.

Phew!!  I was beginning to get worried I might not get to leave for lunch.  Or ever.

5 comments: said...

Nice blog. I didn't know you were blogging. Nice article.

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Oh my goodness!!

Amy said...

Is that Tim I see? Totally does not surprise me to see him trying to solve that problem! :)

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rentz said...

Ha! I can just hear you cheering them on!