Karie on Aug 23rd 2008 09:23 pm
Tonight we had an interesting adventure.Â We were on our way to the market when Scott suddenly stopped and reached for his pockets.
â€śForget your wallet?â€ť
â€śNo.â€ťÂ (super long pause)Â â€śThe keys.â€ť
We stop and stare at each other for about 5 minutes.
What are we going to do?
It just so happens that our landlord, who has the only other set of keys, left for vacation earlier this week.Â Also, in case you didnâ€™t know, we live on the 5th floor, so no chance of crawling in through a window.
We tried calling our friend whoâ€™s a handyman, but couldnâ€™t reach him. Tried calling another friend who could at least call a locksmith for us, but no luck.Â As we were standing outside of our door trying to figure out who else was in town and could help us, Scott noticed a sticker on a nearby pole that said â€śCerrajeria: 24 Horasâ€ť with a phone number. I took a guess that that meant locksmith, so we called.
The lady told me sheâ€™d be here in 30 minutes. 50 minutes later she called again and said it would be another hour.Â Oh, and she couldnâ€™t even estimate how much this was going to cost, but I have a feeling it wouldâ€™ve included a â€śforeigners taxâ€ť (i.e., overcharging just because they know weâ€™re not from around here).Â I have never felt so helpless.
In the meantime the tenant in the first floor vacation rental came home, so he was able to let us in the front door of the building.Â Now only one more door to go.Â We were getting desperate, and we really didnâ€™t want to wait another hour and end up paying an arm and a leg for the shady locksmith.Â Scott went to assess our door yet again and started thinking that if we could get a hammer, we might be able to break through what used to be an old peep hole, which is now covered by a piece of wood, and reach inside to open the door.
The British vacation rental tenant on the first floor didnâ€™t have a hammer, so that left us with two options: the lady at the janky salon next door, or â€śAntoni the Catalanâ€ť, the hermit who lives on the top floor.Â Scott has had brief encounters with both, but I never have.Â We decided on Antoni, thinking heâ€™d be more likely to have a hammer.Â Except that we donâ€™t know how to say hammer in Spanish, let alone Catalan.
Scott knocks and Antoni opens the door naked.Â Iâ€™m down the spiral staircase behind Scott, so he doesnâ€™t even know Iâ€™m there, and I donâ€™t know heâ€™s naked. Scott used the same 3 words of Spanish about 15 times, but the repetition did not help Antoni understand what we needed.Â My Spanish is marginally better, so finally I spoke up from around the corner to try to help Scott.Â This freaks Antoni out, because he didnâ€™t know I was there; meanwhile Scottâ€™s trying to shove me back down the stairs, because I didnâ€™t know Antoni was naked.Â Once he calmed down and figured out I was Scottâ€™s wife, I was able to communicate our problem, that we had locked our keys inside and we need a tool to hit like â€śbang, bang, bangâ€ť, while Scott made a hammering motion to illustrate my sound effects.
â€śUn martillo??â€ť, Antoni tried to clarify.
I have no idea.Â If you can hit with it, then we need it.
He disappears and comes back, handing Scott the smallest hammer in the world.Â Scott asked him if he had a bigger one, but no luck. So he took the Playskool-sized hammer, and with a couple of swipes at the peep hole, he busted the cover off the other side, and was able to reach through and unlock the door.Â WOOHOO!!!!Â Weâ€™re inside!Â I KNEW Scott could figure out a way out of this mess!Â Oh, the relief.
We never got groceries, which really stinks because tomorrowâ€™s Sunday and all the markets will be closed, but we will make do.Â Itâ€™s better than sleeping outside.Â And, as Scott pointed out, we probably just saved at least 100â‚¬ by not needing the emergency locksmith on a Saturday night, so now we can afford to eat out every meal until Monday.Â Gotta appreciate that kind of logicâ€¦ but weâ€™re still opting for the PB&J.
Just another Saturday night in Barcelona.