Do not pass go, do not collect $200.00.

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

My aunt used to tell me that the universe speaks in threes.

Bad things happen in threes, but so do good things.

This is not a good omen.

I have a closing this afternoon, so I went over to the condo to make sure nothing untoward has happened.. the place is appropriately emptied... toilets have not overflowed, the garage remotes are in the far left-hand drawer in the kitchen.. and I have all the appropriate keys.

I found a handful of detritus, in a few drawers... you know a few matches, some scraps of paper and the like... gathered them up, and took them with me when I locked the unit.

I went down to the basement to find the trashroom, 'cause I didn't want to take that handful of trash with me to my car.  I found it, opened a smelly trashbin and deposited the leftovers.  I turned to exit the trashroom, only to find one of the locks pictured blocking my return.  I was locked in the smelly basement trash room, with no combination.

Let's hope, I thought, that I have cell service. I did have a single bar, and was able to reach the management company.  I asked for the combo... they said "oh... I don't know.  I'll have to check and get back to you.... don't go anywhere." (funny).

In the meanwhile I'm panicking a little.  I have an appointment to donate blood in 30 minutes... I'm surely going to be late.  So I'm thinking... it must be a simple number... 'cause I can't be the only idiot to find myself locked in the trash room.... right?  I just can't.

Let's see.... 1-2-3-4-5.... nope.    1-2-3-4... nope.   1-2-3... nope.  I'm getting a little exasperated... 1-2... nope. it opens.    1?  That's the combo??  Why bother?? 

Hey, shut up Alan... stop complaining.... you're free!  I hope my day improves.

note:  my day did NOT improve.


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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I guess that's a case of "over-thinking it"???  Good grief, what a crazy story.  I'm so glad you escaped!

Mar 07, 2018 09:43 AM #1
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

It does seem ridiculous to have a 'combo' code of 1. Glad you got out of the mess. It could give you the feeling of being trapped - kind of freaky.

Mar 07, 2018 09:46 AM #2
Andrea Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Lewes, DE

I'm sorry I'm laughing. That's some story!

Mar 07, 2018 09:55 AM #3
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Really?  One?  

You might want to share that with the management company .. lol

Glad you're a free bird!


Mar 07, 2018 09:59 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a story you shared with us.  I am glad that you managed to figure out the code.  Hope the three phenomena reverses itself.  A

Mar 07, 2018 10:59 AM #5
Ruth Grainger-Starr
Grainger Realty - Cripple Creek, CO
providing AWESOME real estate adventures

I am glad you got out of the smelly room. I am sorry to hear your day did not improve! 

Mar 07, 2018 11:17 AM #6
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Alan, That's quite the shiner on the bottom pic.  Been there, done that, but it involved high speed collisions with other soccer players.  Somehow I suspect that's not the impact of a striker's knee.  Bill

Mar 07, 2018 01:15 PM #7
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

A tough day for sure and who ever stuck you didn't do very well.

Mar 07, 2018 01:50 PM #8
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

And on top of that looks like the blood draw was done by a rookie.  Better days ahead. 

Mar 07, 2018 06:19 PM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Alan- I am claustrophobic so being locked in would have had me screaming at the top of my lungs! ( or at least praying for a good cell signal). BTW- that was one heck of a bruise!!!

Mar 07, 2018 06:50 PM #10
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

You are probably the only person in the universe that would have tried just a 1!  I'm impressed.

Mar 07, 2018 07:13 PM #11
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Alan.

Looks like your arm needs some serious attention.  Must have been a newbie.

Mar 08, 2018 01:57 AM #12
Allyson Hoffman
RE/MAX Villager (Chicago North and North Suburbs Real Estate) - Barrington, IL
Making Today's Dreams Tomorrow's Reality!

Why lock the trash room? Is there a problem with people stealing the trash? Dumpsters? Makes no sense. I can empathize. I got locked in the garage once with clients. A key was needed to get back in and there was no mention of it and no key provided and no cell service. Simply had to wait and wait and wait until somebody else showed up! Glad you got out. I would never have thought of a combination: 1!

Mar 08, 2018 04:35 AM #13
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Seriously?  A combo with the number "1"?  Glad you were able to escape.  Curious... how long til the management company called you back?

Mar 08, 2018 10:40 AM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

So Alan you had a fun day:) over thinking the combination, and then to boot clearly you have  bad blood:)) do not feel bad it could have been worse ...never mind I will not say it, Endre

Mar 08, 2018 10:49 PM #15
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Oh my Alan May well yeah it could have been worse ... You could have not gone to settlement   ------   have a good weekend

Mar 09, 2018 07:02 PM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh my, I'm anxious just reading about getting stuck in that trash room. Argh. Glad you escaped.  As for the arm photo - bad needle placement for the blood draw? 

Mar 10, 2018 07:34 AM #17
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

You may have just stumbled upon a new theme for an Escape Room.  Glad you were able to get out quickly.

Jun 10, 2018 06:46 PM #18
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