Close, But ...

So my flight landed in TPE some twenty minutes late, at 3:23pm. My aunt and uncle were ultra-kind enough to pick me up and drive me home, so it was about 6pm when I arrived at my apartment complex. I went downstairs to the mailbox to open it up and fetch my keys so I could go inside, but ...

No keys inside.

My brother and sister were supposed to leave the keys (my copy) I lent them in my mailbox so that I could use the mailbox key to retrieve and get home upon my arrival. Turns out, they delivered my keys to someone else's apartment -- my neighbour's, who wasn't home. This kind of thing is not supposed to happen amongst intelligent MEng graduates.

I sat in the lobby cursing them (all of the above) until 6:30pm, went out for some food and came back, and continued the cursing. (Unfortunately, my own little voodoo doll was in my luggage, and I didn't feel like digging it up.) I waited for another hour and a half before, at nearly 9pm, I got so irritated and pissy that I went down to the mailboxes and peered into the mailbox (8-2) that my brother put the keys in.

There is absolutely nothing worse than coming home from vacation and not being able to come home.

Turns out, it was still there; they hadn't opened that box up. (The neighbour is some city official, who knocked out three units on the floor -- 8-1, 8-2, 8-3 -- so they probably had all their mail at 8-1 and didn't need to check 8-2.) I looked around, bent the door open as much as I could, and fetched the keys out of the mailbox through the drop slot with a bent chopstick.

Just before 9pm, I was finally able to get into my apartment and get a break. Still livid.

5 comments:

hougee said...

holy.. that's rough...

Nk said...

Sorry... :(

I'm sure I gave the right address, and he's sure he wrote down what I said, so don't know what happened. :( We'll try to make it up to you....

Ben said...

Well, there's two ways to fix this.

1. The frontdesk people said it's okay to leave the keys with them instead of doing the mailbox route.

2. I gave you all your own copies of the keys, so that should suffice.

Kevin said...

Damn those brothers and sisters of yours. You should get back at them by forgetting any of this happened. Wiping the memory of a person or event is often the best way to show them your displeasure.

(sorry)

head dump said...

oh 'common it's not their fault you waited 3 hours before attempting theft tactics. Good chopstick skills, btw.