Post from July, 2005

safety

Thursday, 28. July 2005 17:13

In the middle of last night, I heard a crash and a bunch of loud noises. I woke up and thought, “It sounds like someone is in my apartment. Eh, I’m too tired.” And I promptly fell back asleep.

When I woke up, I saw that my doorbell casing had fallen off the back of my door (it’s just a plastic thing that’s latched onto it). I didn’t think much of it and put it back up. I figured it fell and that’s the noise I heard.

At 6:45am, I tried to leave for work. “I tried” because as I went to open my door, it would not open. I unlocked it and the door knob just would.not.turn. I started to panic because 1). I really had to get to work and 2). That’s my only exit and it’s not cool to feel trapped.

So what do I do? I jump out the window. Yep, I jumped out the window. It’s only about 8 feet above ground. It was really muddy though, so I totally fell on my butt. And yes, people saw me. There were a few people in the parking lot, with a clear view of my apartment. But the panic took over and I just didn’t care.

I ran inside the building and tried to open the door from the outside. Nope, definitely still jammed. But, I noticed that there was a footprint on it. So, I assume that in the middle of the night, someone kicked my door to try to open it, which caused it to get stuck. Super, eh?

So here I am, outside my apartment with nothing but my keys. In hindsight, I should have put my cell phone in my pocket. I couldn’t climb back into the window, because it was too high up.

I went to my leasing office, even though they don’t open until 9am. By a miracle, there was a guy inside. I explained what happened (and must have sounded nuts) and he told me that he’d come over and help. I had to wait for about 15 minutes – which sucked, because I really wanted to get to work early.

When he came, he told me that this doesn’t happen very often. I suppose I’m lucky. The door was pretty damn jammed. He had to pry it open with a crowbar and then replace my door knob mechanism (which took another 15 minutes).

Fantastic way to start the day, don’t you think?

[Not to mention that I’m a little freaked that someone tried to get in last night. Thank God I have a deadbolt!]

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Washington/Oregon Trip

Monday, 18. July 2005 14:47

I’m back from another trip where Ryan and I drove 1,030+ miles. At least this time it was only two states – Oregon and Washington.

We flew out late Wednesday and pretty much went straight to bed. On Thursday, we woke up early to get a good start on the day. We went to Mt. St. Helen’s (which is an active volcano and it was smoking!), Mt. Rainer (so huge and gorgeous), and then to Seattle to see the Orioles beat the Mariners 5-3. It was a totally beautiful day and we successfully squeezed it all in.

After the game, we went to my great aunt and uncle’s house to sleep. We had breakfast with them on Friday and conversed for about 2 hours. It was really, really nice!

When we left there, we sat in traffic for an hour and a half, waiting to get on the ferry. It was drizzling and Ryan was sad that we were wasting time. Eventually though, we were able to drive onto the ferry and cross the Pugit Sound. It was kind of creepy because we were escorted by Coast Guard boats with machine guns! I guess they’ve been doing that lately for extra security.

On the other side of the Sound, we visited Olympic National Park. The mountains were way cool because we were above the clouds at the top and could see them hanging in the valleys.

The next stop was Hoh Rainforest, which is also in Olympic National Park. It was nothing compared to the rainforest in Australia, but it was still nice. Basically, it was just a moss-covered forest.

The most awesome thing happened when we were hiking there though. We saw a huge elk up-close and personal. It was only 5 feet away at one point! It wasn’t scared at all, so we just watched it eat. It started to walk into the path right at us. I wasn’t sure if I should run or pet it like a horse! We just stood there taking pictures and it didn’t bother us.

After that amazing experience, we hurried to get to the coast to catch the sun set over the ocean. We arrived at Ruby Beach with a few minutes to spare. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy to see the sun, but the beach was gorgeous. It was incredible how the pine trees were right next to the ocean.

On Saturday, we spent the day driving down the coast of Washington. There were some amazing views of the coastline and the huge cliffs. We stopped a Ecola State Park, where we saw loads of colorful starfish on the beach.

I wish that we had more time, but we had to make it to Portland by dinnertime. Ryan’s cousins just moved out there and we wanted to stop by. We were able to fit in a quick tour of the Tillamook cheese factory, to see cheese being made.

When we made it to Portland, I was shocked by how nice the city was! The city skyline was really pretty and the neighborhoods were very un-city-like. Ryan’s cousins live near public rose gardens and it was just very pretty. We hung out with them for a few hours, until we made it to our hotel to crash for the night.

On Sunday, we went geocaching quickly before heading to the airport. You probably don’t care, but we found the most creative geocache that I’ve ever seen. It was hidden in a bird feeder!

Our flight left Portland at 11:30am and stopped in Phoenix, Arizona. It was 115 degrees there, which we experienced by going to the top of the parking garage. 115 is freaking hot! Our flight left there around 4pm and we got into Baltimore, Maryland at midnight. Looong day.

I took loads of pictures, which I’ll be eventually posting. Maybe I can get them done tonight, since my Harry Potter book is lost at the post office (grr).

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