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The Lock Out

I was enjoying an afternoon on the boat. All the cares of the world were being kept away by the wind and the waves, and the grog. Then my cell phone went off; I hate that thing. The ring jolted me back into reality. I looked at the number it was my office. I let it go to voice mail, after five minutes I checked the message. A tenant had locked himself out of his apartment. There was no way to contact him and I was a few hours away from being able to let him in. I forgot about it, but on the way home my future ex-wife reminded me, so I decided to go check, and see if this tenant had been able to get in. I grabbed the keys from the office and went to the property. When I entered the building I saw the tenant, sitting in the hallway, leaning against a wall, with his head down in his hands, looking forlorn. This was one of my very own unique tenants. He had co-founded a dating service with his brother ten years before that was extremely successful, this tenant couldn’t deal with the pressure and gave up his share to his brother after a nervous breakdown and moved into a room. The brother took care of the rent and couldn’t understand why his brother chose to live like he did. I couldn’t either. The tenant brightened up when he saw me and stood up. "Thank goodness you’re here... I've been waiting for like three hours… I locked myself out when I went to the store for some beer... I'm really sorry to bother you especially on a Sunday… I was getting nervous that you wouldn’t come… I don't know what I would do if I can’t get in to my room... I was getting scared." His explanation continued until we reached his room. I just nodded. I put the key into the lock and opened the door. Inside his room were two men watching TV. They turned toward the door and one of the men said, "Dude, where have you been? I'm thirsty!"

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