Your doors are closed to me

I’m sitting at one of those iMacs with the giant screens in the “Community Learning Center” at the top of my dorm building. In my dazed state this morning, I first almost locked myself out of my room, then I actually did upon going back for my key and grabbing my student ID instead, which of course I didn’t realize until I was outside the bathroom door holding dishes to wash and all the relevant supplies. My stuff is now sitting outside my room door, and I have to wait until 9 to be let back into my room. I got locked out at 7:40am.

The whole getting-back-into-your-room system is stupid, really. The East Community Center, the place that issues temporary keys to people like me, is open 9am to midnight. If it’s “after midnight” and the Community Center is closed, you’re supposed to call the Residential Advisor on duty and have them let you into your room. If they don’t answer their phone, you knock on their door. I don’t know if a lot of people tend to get locked out with phone in hand, but I don’t.

Sounds great, cool, whatever. The problem–the RA’s on-duty hours are midnight to 7am, leaving a two-hour gap where you can’t get let back into your room. Two hours!!

Last year, I got locked out at 8am one morning, so I found the on-duty RA (didn’t know about the 7am thing), knocked on his door, and luckily he was kind enough to let me into my room, even though he had just gotten out of the shower and was totally wrapped in a towel when he answered his door. I decided to stretch the rules again today, but when I knocked on the door of last night’s on-duty RA, there was no answer. I’m so grateful I at least took my student ID, because that meant I was able to go have a bowl of cereal in the dining hall and then let myself into this computer place.

I don’t have class until ten this morning, but I had been intending to go to the gym before class. That’s not happening now because I would have had to get into the shower at the gym by 9:30, and now I won’t even GET to the gym before then. I’m tired, though, and this has been a lousy morning, so I might just skip my first class and go to the gym anyway. It’s not like I was going to pay attention today–Jan and I were planning to get some homework done in today’s lecture. I’ll just have to leave him hanging. ๐Ÿ˜› I’ll send him a text message about it, of course.

When I woke up, I was tired and I thought “maybe I’ll take a rest day today”. Well, perhaps I should have, because it would have meant sleeping another hour and probably NOT getting locked out of my room. Now, not only am I tired and could have used some extra sleep, but I’m awake doing nothing because I’m not even at the gym. I am definitely going as soon as I get back in my room, man. I will not allow this to ruin my whole day. At least I got a blog post out of it?

Twenty more minutes, foo’.

Edit: I got back in my room, laid down on my bed, and fell right to sleep. I guess my body needed a rest!

13 thoughts on “Your doors are closed to me

  1. I was thinking “maybe I should take a rest day tomorrow”. Well, look, I decided to go to the doctor, work, and then go to my other job. Ugh right?

    I know you feel silly. ๐Ÿ™ *hugs* We all do silly things at times but I hope that I’m keeping you company alright. We’re both idiots, like you said. Remember that time I got locked out of my house? ๐Ÿ˜› I guess James and Mike kept me company. I wish I was there with you!

    Just make sure you don’t miss out on anything too important in class. Sometimes exercising can be a huge relief.

    Our uni system is silly too. You must go in with a PIN, but when you get out, you don’t often need one. :S That reminds me though, some buildings are different and you need one to get both in and out. My friend got in because she followed some guys in, and she realised she couldn’t get out after and had to call security. ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Uh, being locked out is the worst thing ever – I’ve had it happen plenty of times because I’m always stupid enough to forget my keys. It seems silly that there’s a two hour gap of not being able to contact anyone to let you in, especially in the early morning especially because more people are walking around then – or so I assume haha.

    At least you found somewhere to stay inside though with internet access, there’s always opportunity to waste time on the internet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What the hell? A dorm that’s locked for two hours of the day? Doesn’t the school realize how late college students can stay up? Geez…

    I can get in and out of my dorm at any time. I thought that that was standard.

  4. Urgh that just sounds craaaaap. I’m glad you didn’t let it deter you from your day in the end! And at least you had your ID card so you wouldn’t have been booored out of your mind!

  5. Talk about someone being silly when they worked out those times – two hours where nothing/no one can help you… ugh!
    So sorry about your somewhat lousy morning ๐Ÿ™

    But, at least you were able to catch some rest – our bodies need that at times

  6. Hahahaha, I think getting locked out of the dorm is a common university experience. When I was a freshman, I accidentally locked my roommate out of our dorm. I didn’t realize she hadn’t taken her key with her to the shower, and I went down to the dining hall for breakfast with one of our friends. I think she found someone to text me because I remember going back up to open the door for her.

    I, however, got locked out of my house one day when I lived off-campus last semester. I managed to lose my house key, which was on a lanyard. It must have fallen out of my pocket some time during the day, and I didn’t notice. On top of that, I also managed to lose my phone shortly before I returned to the house and realized my keys were missing, so I couldn’t even call my housemates to ask when they would be home! (Good news: someone found my phone and returned it! Bad news: I never found my key, but then the getting-kicked-out-of-the-house thing happened shortly thereafter (unrelated, they seemed unconcerned about making a new copy for me).)

    Anyway, the hours in which you’re unable to get let back into your room if you forgot your key seem really badly planned. Isn’t 7-9am, like, a prime shower time before class? Surely people forget to bring their keys to the shower all the time!

  7. It sucks getting locked out of your room! But at least you had to wait an hour or a bit more to be let back in..– A lot better than waiting the whole day or something. I usually thought the place where there’s master key’s to every room is open 24/7. But I guess not :X. They’d think people should have phones in their pockets at all times.

    I wonder what people would’ve thought if they saw the RA with his towel opening the door for you. XD, I guess people take pride to their jobs to the semi-extreme XD. At least you had your student ID to keep yourself busy.

    Things can’t always go according to plan :c. Just go with the flow, you know what’s up XD.

    This is my last semester of highschool! Finally, after all of these years. It’s just the last stretch- I just hope nothing bad happens or something o;!

    Thank you for the luck XD! I don’t want to wear a bathing suit- I just want to go shorts+shirt. But my band director isn’t too keen about that.. Or the hotel.. Whatever. XD. California has a lot of cool beaches- I’ve been to most of them and probably got sunburned at all of them. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Take care ;D

  8. I miss the iMacs on my college campus after reading this lol. Uh oh…I have done that before >_> do you have any RAs or similar people in the building that can let you in? For us our RA had the master key to get into any of the rooms and could help out in case we were locked out!

    Yeah…usually we would just go find our RA on duty because chances are you won’t have your phone on your when you get locked out XD. WTF really? I don’t remember if we had gaps like that or not now but ideally there shouldn’t be any ๐Ÿ™

    Ah he seems like a really nice RA then. Mine was really nice too and would never be angry at people who got locked out by mistake. Seems like the other RA was probably still in bed. I am glad you had your student id. Hearing all this makes me nostalgic because we had the same system ๐Ÿ™‚

    LOL well I hope you enjoy your gym session! Sometimes you try to do something good and things have to go downhill…but it’s just one of those days. I hope you had a better day after all the morning turmoil! Haha that’s what my body would’ve done XD.

  9. We all have one of those days where it just doesn’t start well and just goes downhill from there. Still, it doesn’t make sense that there’s a full two hour block of time where you can’t be let back into your room. I guess they figure that nobody will be up around that time? Or that not a lot of people have had that problem during that time period? Either way, there’s no excuse for it.

    I’m glad you finally got back into your room to sleep it all away. It’s just one of those days!

  10. Oh geez, I know that feeling of being locked out and when it’s entirely your fault. ๐Ÿ˜› I used to forget my keys a whole lot back then (well, I’m naturally a very forgetful person), but now, I make sure I do my “check” which is where I check if I have my 1) cell phone, 2) keys + wallet (!), and 3) chapstick. xD My three important items for every single day.

    It sucks you had to wait so long just to get back in though! D:

  11. Sorry you had a tiring day, but at least you finally got let back into your room and fall asleep on a comfortable bed.

    I can’t count the number of times I’ve accidentally locked myself out of the house and can’t remember where the spare keys were, haha.

  12. I always lived in fear of getting locked out at uni – I managed it once and they were clearly really annoyed with me. These places should definitely have round-the-clock systems – it’s good for you that you have somewhere else to go though!!

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