I’ve always thought people that lock themselves outside of a room or outside of a house were the dumbest people ever, until it happened to me.
For those of you that don’t know, I’m working in Palm Springs, CA for the Summer. It gets extremely hot here, and the only way to combat that way in your car is to roll the windows down just a tad so the inside of the car doesn’t bake when it’s parked. So I woke up around 8:30 and went outside to roll down the windows of my uncle’s car. That took about 30 seconds and I was ready to go back inside. One problem, the door to the house locks automatically behind you when you close it. I soon realized I didn’t bring the house keys and began to panic.
I went through everything laying outside, my aunt’s car and the tool box to try and find lockpicking gear. I couldn’t find anything, but I remembered there was a skylight on top of the house and tried to find a way in on the roof. The skylight was way too small and looked too complicated to take off and put back on, so I decided I wasn’t even going to try. After all, I did just lock myself out of a house.
When I realized I couldn’t get down from the roof, more panic set in. I thought I was going to get stuck on the roof until I looked over and saw the pool. I had only one choice; jump into the pool. I took all my clothes off so I wouldn’t be soaked and stuck outside and made the fateful plunge. (Cannonballs hurt when you’re naked).
I toweled myself off and went on the prowl again looking for more tools to help me get into the house. I still couldn’t find anything, but then remembered to check the windows. I found one that was open and climbed inside the house.
The ending to this story kind of sucks, but I really wish someone had a camera on me during this event. It was definitely the dumbest moment I’ve had in my life and I did something I never thought I’d do, jump off a roof into a pool. Granted this rooftop ledge is maybe 10 feet off the ground, but the thought of doing that always scared me. Not to mention I was naked on top of the roof before plunging into the pool.