First, I have to say Thanks a lot, Lexington, Kentucky Fireman for rescuing us. We really appreciate it. We can't tell you how much. But I am sure from our relieved faces you could tell how grateful we were.
My DH and I finally got a chance to get away for a couple nights, to one of my favorite places, Lexington, Kentucky. I always feel at home here, and I should, because a goodly number of my ancestors lived here from the late 1700's until 1891, when my great-great-great grandfather, Joseph Graves Chinn died. It gives him a chance to walk around downtown Lexington, and me a chance to hit the library for research and the Lexington cemetery to continue my photo project.
We have a Priority Club card through Holiday Inn and usually stay at the HI Express at exit 110. This trip was no exception. We had a nice drive up from Tennessee, went to lunch across the street at Cracker Barrel, came back to our room to figure out what we needed to take with us on our shopping expedition (the list of stuff we couldn't find in TN) took the elevator down to the lobby ... and nothing happened. Apparently a transformer near the hotel went out and knocked out most of the power and we were stuck in the elevator. We pressed the emergency button, and got no response. So we used the emergency phone and called the front desk. We were assured help was on its way. Ten minutes later, we called again, and were assured the maintenance guy would be there soon to get us out. Too bad he didn't know what to do. By this time this 5 x 5 elevator was getting pretty warm so DH calls the front desk on his cell phone. Apparently another guest has heard us beating on the door and yelling and she insisted the desk clerk call the police or fire department, which she finally does after telling the other guest she wasn't sure anyone was in the elevator. Hello? Desk Clerk, we called you three times to tell you we were stuck. The sad thing is that no one from the Hotel came to check on us to make sure we were okay.
Finally, after about 30 minutes, the nice Lexington Fire Department came to rescue us. They knew how to operate the key and force the door open. Too bad the hotel employees weren't trained to handle that emergency.
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