Hold on to your guests was another of my "just for fun" stories
The pictures show the door from the kitchen side, where you may imagine how small the space is, and from the bathroom side. Auguste, the parrot discovered the gap as well and uses it as secret door to enter the bathroom. After that experience, I did not buy a new lock for the door, but a simple hook and ring fastening. I put it so high, to be able to get it open from the outside, by fishing for it through the gap with a clothes hanger. You never know, what may happen: if a guest breaks his leg in the bathtub, I want to be able to get the door open without tools. - For good mesure I added a few handholds and a mat in the bath tub. ;-)
@Helga, good to know we have 'friends' in this world--even if we have only just met them!
What is it about Paris and locks and ladders??? ;-) LOVE the hook and ring 'lock' to secure a door. So perfectly simple!
It was the third lock breaking within a few months, first one that came with the door and had served 10 years, then a replacement lock and finally this one. I believe they sell them already fabricated to break quickly. The hook may hold till someone changes the door...
hehe! What a story @Helga! I felt like I was there standing in your home watching everything unfold, as I read through your post.
I feel like you should have your own series of great stories. :)
How is the new lock holding up?
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It was a wise decision not to replace the door lock with key! A bathroom + door lock + key is a potencial trap! :)
I have a few persistent memories of such traps ;-)
When I was a child, a drunken neighbor fell asleep in a small restroom, with the door opening to the inside. My father practised the trick of pushing the key from the lock onto a sheet of paper and pulling it out under the door, but the door did not open more than a few inches, as the sleeper had fallen to the floor and was curled up around the bowl. They tried everything to raise him, including pouring cold water inside, which finally did the trick.
Years later, my mother fell unconscious in a restroom. Someone had to wiggle his upper body in by a tiny window and unlock the lock hanging from the wall over her body. As my window does not open more than a gap because of the loft construction, I had a horror vision of the firemen smashing the window and climb in over the shards to save a fallen guest. A hook may look a bit shabby, but I prefer to be safe.
What a wonderful story to read, please give some thought to writing for a movie script. The only thing would be that everyone would say " so funny but it would never happen in real life"
Keep up the good work.
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Thank you, @Joanne Flynn. My first story was a desperate rant over a very strange guest. As he was harmless but maddening, it was funny reading. I guess after a few hundred guests, the stories might make up a book. At least there are enough of them ;-)