My husband and I were attending a General Conference for our church in
. We chose to stay in a nice
older hotel a small distance from the convention center to save a little money.
The lobby was small but clean and inviting. The elevator doors were right off
the lobby, easy to see at first sight. As I have been taught the many years of
traveling, you must make the trip from your car to your room in one trip. So,
with this uncompromised teaching fresh in my mind, my husband and I were both
trying to maneuver two rolling suitcases, a hanging clothes bag, a snack sack,
and a cooler not to mention my purse and computer case into the elevator. My
husband was a gentleman and allowed me to step into the elevator first. We were headed to the eleventh floor. The elevator ascended quite slowly so we had plenty of
time to discuss our schedule for the next two years (not really, but it was
very slow). It was an old elevator and we barely fit with our luggage. When I
heard the “ding” letting me know we had finally approached our floor, I worked
feverishly trying to get my luggage behind me so I could pull it out the door.
I looked up just as I saw my husband’s "hinder parts" leaving the elevator and the
doors closing with me still in it. I don’t know what came over me. I guess I
panicked. I began to scream and punch
the 11 button to no avail. As I jumped up and down and said “eleven, eleven,
eleven!” nothing happened except I proceeded to be thrust at a very slow speed
to the lobby floor. By the time I was safely delivered to the lobby floor the
door opened (which I discovered at that time was quite fast), and a lobby full
of people looking at me, I waved, and waited for the doors to shut again so I
could take the long journey to the eleventh floor for the second time. Columbus,
Now un-be-known to me, my husband met the maid on his way to our room. He just commented “she'll be along in a minute” and snickering went to the room, shut the door and waited. Sure enough, several minutes later, I appear on the eleventh floor at last. As I pass the maid she asked, “your husband said you’d be along. Your room is right down the hall.” As I maneuvered my 15 bags past her (exaggeration), I heard her laughing. I made her day, not to mention my ROLF (rolling on the floor laughing) husband securely snug in our room!