Friday, 2 March 2012

Trapped in An Elevator

Yesterday I got trapped in an elevator.
Now before I get inundated with sympathetic blog comments from concerned bloggers, I must tell you that the elevator in question was in fact a disabled lady's wheelchair lift that is in her garden, and which allows her to "go up" the 6 feet or so from bungalow to road.
It wasn't the Scenic elevator out of The Towering Inferno
It all started when I walked past the pensioner bungalows with the dogs.
The lady who owns the aforementioned "elevator" is someone I have met only a couple of times before. She is a large, elderly, very breathless and seriously cheerful woman who seldom is well enough to be seen out of her home, so I was surprised to see her standing by the base of her lift with a key in her hand.
"Can you help?" she gasped "I can't get my lift to come down!"
I walked over to the glass doored contraption and asked what I could do.
"Get into the lift and push the button down- here use the key!" she called out reaching up and offering me the key
I opened the door and walked in with the dogs and shut the door behind me which locked.
Then I placed the key in the key slot and pushed the down button
Nothing happened
I tried again
Nothing happened
I tried to open the door
Nothing happened
The old lady didn't seem concerned
"It does this sometimes" she shouted up cheerfully " can you jump up and down a bit?"
I looked at her! Didn't she notice that I was standing there with three terriers  and a  worried 25 kilo bulldog?
"You want me to jump up and down?" I asked , I couldn't quite believe my ears
" Yes !" she chuckled " Pat the warden does it all the time!"
I swore under my breath......this was not going to do much for what was left of my credibility
I noticed that curtains had already started to twitch across the road!
So....trapped in a wheelchair lift , in a garden of an asthmatic old welsh lady in downtown Trelawnyd
I start Jumping up and down...

Thank goodness she was right........after a minute or so....I was back on terra firma!



36 comments:

  1. I wish it could have been on You Tube set to music. Would have been brilliant x

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  2. Lucky you, that the jumping worked, otherwise the fire department would have had to rescue you. Better you then the lady.

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  3. Horst.... too bloody right

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  4. Is Trelawnyd a real place? It all seems so surreal...x

    Must be twinned with Royston Vasey.

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  5. They filmed TWIN PEAKS Here Chris

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  6. why John why? and then I remembered you have such a kind heart!

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  7. Oh, one of those that you wait to see on YouTube. You never did say how the dogs reacted...

    Cat

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  8. Should be on the telly...news at 11:00.

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  9. John, you are 'out there'! Your adventures always make for a good story!

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  10. This is why I love you, John. Your life is a sit-com. Tee hee. xoxoxo

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  11. Your village has more excitement than most people can handle!
    Jane x

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  12. isobel
    I just pick the 5 minutes a day that is exciting!

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  13. Towering Inferno... Weight-Watchers would have been proud of you...

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  14. She saw you coming, didn't she? Prolly made her day and gave her a weeks worth of story telling! lol!

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  15. John to the rescue!
    Those have started to become popular around here, too.
    Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  16. tom
    I have always based myself on Jennifer Jones

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  17. I litereally laughed out loud while reading this (and picturing it in my head) and my office coworkers asked me what was so funny...I can hear the Twin Peaks theme right now.

    Glad you and the doggies are safe and sound after your harrowing adventure. ;-)

    Ray in Houston aka 1st Man

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  18. Jumping up and down in the lift? A good job it didn't crash to the ground and break a few limbs....

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  19. And I thought MY life was exciting...are you sure this wasn't a set-up purely for her personal entertainment?

    I'm next. John, come jump on my elevator.

    I with everyone else, I think this should have been captured on YouTube...I would wager that you'd be a YouTube star within 24 hours flat. I'd like to know what the dogs were thinking during this escapade?????

    Keep them coming John...I think the universe surrounds you with such an interesting life because you bring all of us such big smiles, especially with your talented gift of writing so well. I always enjoy the visit.

    Lana

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  20. Sounds exciting, if only a little embarrassing. I have elevator dreams that are far worse than this. Dreams of crashing to the ground or racing up into outer space. I'm glad it ended happily, for you, the lady and the dogs.

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  21. Absolutely hilarious ! I am sure couldn't happen to anyone but ..?

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  22. I would have been freaking out. I am glad that with just a little jumping and embarrasement you were free.

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  23. Why does the whole world think this is adorable when I think it's plain weird?

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  24. Great job, any thing to help someone, you kind soul...as I'm laughing at the picture in my head.

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  25. They do say that if you jump up and down at just the right moment, you can survive and elevator crash if the cable snaps. Is that what she meant?

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  26. They do say that if you jump up and down at just the right moment, you can survive and elevator crash if the cable snaps. Is that what she meant?

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  27. I would dread being stuck in an elevator. Not because I'm claustrophobic but my fear is that they can't rescue me before I have to pee!

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  28. The kindness of strangers...

    I have to agree with Molly. Too bad that scene never made it to video.

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  29. C'mon, you're making this up! First an American with sky blue pants meets Trelawnyd native holding dead chicken, then Trelawnyd native, a normal, easy-going guy finds himself trapped in stalled elevator with three dogs? You must be writing a sitcom -- or in one. Maybe PBS is showing it...

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  30. All the best things happen to you!

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  31. Bloody hell John. Nightmare on Trelawnyd Street.

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  32. Trapped in a life - my very worst nightmare.

    As usual you came to the rescue - there needs to be a book written about your escapades in the village - get making copious notes (with photos please)

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  33. It's funny that the rest of us can walk out the door each day and not experience half of the comedic things that you encounter daily.
    I agree with Chris that Trelawnyd has to be a made up place from a Steven King novel.

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  34. Your adventures never cease to amaze me.

    megan

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