My client’s piano was on the first floor of a 3 flat apartment building in Chicago. When I finished tuning the piano I said goodbye and went out into the hallway to leave. I went down to the second entry door. It was locked. I couldn’t get out so I went back to my client’s door and knocked. There was no answer and her door was also locked. She had left through the rear door of her apartment. I tried calling her and got her voice mail. Trapped like a rat. I opened the hallway window and looked down. It was close enough to the ground that I could drop down, but I couldn’t take my tools because my tool case is quite heavy. It was impossible to lower myself down, drop a couple of feet, all the while holding on to my tools. I was not going to leave my tools in the hallway.
In the hallway were also a small chair and an umbrella. I started hearing the music from “Mission Impossible” in my head. “Your mission, Should you decide to accept it, is to get out of this hallway so you don’t have to spend the rest of the afternoon stuck in this hallway.” I lowered the chair using the umbrella. I then used the umbrella to lower my tool case onto the chair. Then I lowered myself and dropped a couple of feet to the ground. Mission accomplished. I realize this was not quite as exciting as Tom Cruise crawling up the side of the tallest building in the world, in Dubai, and fighting to the death with a nasty villain, but for a piano tuner…. it was pretty exciting.