Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Drama and Trauma on the 4th Level! (P*S*C #3)

How exciting...we were leaving Seattle and taking the fast Victoria Clipper to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
We needed to park our car in the parking garage and cross the street to boarding and - in typical Wes style - we allowed plenty of time! A spot was available on the 4th floor. Into the elevator on the way down and shimmy shimmy shake shake lunge bounce stop. What just happened here? Just the two of us in the elevator and dead silence. Wes pushed all the floor buttons. Nothing. He tried to pry the doors open. Nothing. He pressed the call bell. Yes...it rang. But no one out there answered. We were stuck somewhere between 4 and Ground! Here we are stuck in the elevator. At least the overhead lights didn't go off even though the push button panel lights did.
Wes was NOT amused. I found out that in this situation, he had less humor than I did. He looked at his watch a LOT! Poor guy!
The speaker phone in the elevator that finally alerted someone we were stuck...it was NOT a great system!
My pink suitcase was once again useful as I could perch on her in the elevator while awaiting help!
Finally, after what seems liked hours (but was under an hour) we heard a muffled voice outside confirming that we were in there and that he was going to help us get out. Then, the crank down started - four floors going down step by step. Now I know what it feels like to be a car at the mechanic's shop being slowly taken down from the repair platform!
Once the door opened on the lowest floor to let us out, I asked the fix-it guy (my hero!!) how often this happened at this particular parking garage and he replied, "Never!" Apparently all three fuses had blown. We scurried away to our boarding ship just in time. Thus ends the Drama and Trauma portion of our trip!

10 comments:

Sarah said...

Ha! Glad you're safe...what an adventure to have. :)

Melissa said...

YIKES! Glad you're okay. :)

andie said...

Oh, my, you look so calm and collected. I would have been much more like Wes. I'm so glad to hear you made your escape!

Timi + Andrew said...

I cannot believe this could happen... it must have been pretty scary I think. I would have freaked out for sure... Wes was lucky to have you there with your cheerful attitude :)

simplicity said...

I would have been scared! Glad you took it all in stride. I love the picture of not so happy Wes!

Spirit Bear said...

Okay, this is one of my all time big fears; you are so lucky Wes was with you....and just knowing you had a ferry to catch. This is straight from one of my nightmares! but I do plan to go to Victoria; it's a must.

cellothug said...

How does Wes take your picture-taking during stressful (for him) situations? I know Toni loves me taking pictures of him doing things like shoveling snow. :) Should be heading over to Victoria in the next week or two, I'll be sure to take the stairs!!

The Lindahl News said...

Linnea - Wes is (unfortunately) used to my snapping away at nearly every opportunity. Please go to the Bug Zoo and Butchart Gardens in Victoria - they are NOT to be missed and I will soon post about them!

cellothug said...

I thought he might be. Andrew and I were pondering if you got many odd looks for taking pictures of your suitcase for the PSC's! Thanks for the tips!

cutbrain said...

What an exciting life you lead!!!!!!!!!!! Adventure, travel, drama. So much fun
Love,
Renee