I am staying at one of the Media Villages called “Selete.” The rooms are fairly nice. There is a small single bed in each room. Most rooms share a bathroom. I am sharing one with Geoff Michaud, Director of Imaging at Sports Illustrated. It’s pretty interesting how the bathrooms are shared. We each have a doorway to the main hall. Then, there are two doors at the back of the room. One door leads to a private balcony, and the other door leads to a hallway shared by the two of us. There is a third door in the hallway that leads to the bathroom. All of these doors lock from the inside.
Sunday morning, I got up a bit late and went to use the bathroom. I left the door to the private hallway open. As I was brushing my teeth, I heard housekeeping enter my room. They shut the door to the private hallway. I realized that they also locked the door, so I banged on it until they opened it back up. I told them that it was my room, and asked that they not lock the door. They smiled and nodded, and I hopped in the shower.
When I got out of the shower, I went to open my door. Of course, housekeeping had locked it when they left. Fortunately, Geoff was in his room. He was able to grab housekeeping and get them to open my door.
I wish I spoke Greek; I think what we had there was a failure to communicate.
If Geoff wasn’t there and his room had been locked, there is an emergency cord in the bathroom to summon help. But who knows how long that would have taken.