Youthful (or young adult anyway) adventure . . .  

sportyfun56 106M
62 posts
4/19/2005 5:26 pm

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Youthful (or young adult anyway) adventure . . .

I posted this as a response on keithcancook's blog post "keithcancook Nearly Meets His Maker" but it dissappeared.

So I'll re-post it here.

I enjoyed you story for two reasons..

1. normal boyish adventure ... etc.

2. I have a very similar experience that happened to me in Finland...

I was in my early 20's. I was in Europe traveling from city to city during a 6 week athletic tour. I and my small group of friends had found ourselves in a small Finnish city that summer and had been put up by the local federation in a dorm at the University. School was out for the summer. One night we were just lounging around and going between rooms playing cards with others that were staying there for the same competition that would happen in a couple of days. Anyway, somehow the door to our room was locked, and then closed...with us on the outside. So here we were, three guys in nothing but running shorts and barefoot at about midnight locked out of our room. There was nobody around that we could contact to get us back in to our room. So being the daring adventurous types we began to figure ways to get back into our 3rd floor room. We knew our window was standing open and if we could get to it we could just climb in. We began searching the whole building for anything that could assist us. Finally in the basement of the building, we found some rope. Why wasn't there a tall ladder around when we needed it. Oh well... we determined that we could in fact go up to the roof and climb down over the edge of the roof and into our room. Did I say that it was a 4 story building. Ok. So here we all go, and now there is an interested party following us around just to see if we're really going to do it. They all have the keys to their rooms with them btw.

We all make our way up to the roof through a door at the top of the stair well. It was a metal roof with a tall ridge down the middle. We make our way to where we calculate our room should be below us. We look to find some reliable fixture to tie our rope to. There is an adequate (we hoped) something to tie up to. Well we all started looking at each other thinking.. "well what are you waiting for?"

Being smart, ingenious American men/boys in our prime and bullet proof, we used science to determine who the victim... I mean Hero was going to be. And wouldn't you know it. They both looked at me and just grinned. Yes, they were both bigger, heavier than I was, so I was the obvious choice as I would put less stress on our rope.

Ok, I couldn't argue with logic. Fortunately, while it was past midnight, there was still plenty of light to see to work. It being Scandinavia and all (land of the midnight sun) there was still enough ambient light to see all. And so, with a group of interested onlookers below (morbid curiosity seekers). I threw the end of the rope over the edge and started to inch my way down the slant of the roof to the open air. When I get to the edge of the roof, I find that there is an upright lip about 5 inches high. It was vented to let water through, but I couldn't imagine why it would be there. Anyway, it just made my efforts that much more interesting. My "buddies" were cheering me on from above. And from below.. silence. Like a crowd watching the high-wire act and waiting for a disaster. I was sincerely hoping to disappoint them.

At the edge I carefully work my legs over the edge/lip, and am now sitting with my legs dangling over the edge. A buzz goes up from the crowd below, the men chuckle at my predicament and the women chatting barely audible "suggestions". With one hand on the rope I turn around and face the roof. I'm now bent at the waist with my feet hanging, still supporting myself on my hands, trying to negotiate that infernal vented lip. I look up at my friends and they are just stone still. Watching. Hoping they don't have to explain to my family that they watched as I give myself up to get them back into their room after they obviously locked us out. Clods. Ok, well the moment had come to commit to the task. With rope in hands I wiggled myself off the roof and found myself just hanging inches below the roof line, suspended 40 or more feet off the ground, hoping the rope was going to hold. It did. I could hear a cheerful gasp from the onlookers below. I start slowly going hand under hand down the rope. Fortunately, the one thing we did right that night was guess correctly where our window was. I was directly over it. In just a moment I had lowered myself even with our window. Now i had to swing a bit on the rope to get to the window. Great. This was really fun now... lol. I did a bit of light swinging and reached out with my bare foot and caught the window sill ( have long legs fortunately) and pulled myself to the window and grabbed on with one hand and swung myself in. Thank goodness for big windows that you can stand in.

I jumped down into the room and turned around to the cheering of the supportive onlookers. I'll confess to giving a pretty good fist pump to my new fans. Yeah, I did it. I looked down out of the window and it looked far enough of a drop to put a dent in my traveling plans if I'd lost it. The rope began to be pulled up by my roomies that at least had the sense to untie the rope and bring it in.

I'll also confess to "forgetting" to unlock the door and let my buds in for a few minutes.


playfulwithyou33 56F
961 posts
4/19/2005 9:01 pm

LOL Hey, I don't understand it, why couldn't you just scamper up the brickwork like the boys did from our dorm when the young coeds dangled their panties out the window? (shrugs) Guess there wasn't enough motivation.

playfulwithyou33 56F
961 posts
4/19/2005 9:02 pm

Hey Hero, how about a nice leg pic on your next blog? (smiling wickedly)

sportyfun56 106M

4/20/2005 9:36 am

Playful... lol
Well hun I'll see what I can do about a leg pic in the future.
And it's always easier to go down than up when attempting something like this..

keithcancook 60M
17865 posts
4/20/2005 5:43 pm

As I was reading your story I couldn't figure out why you didn't send a guy down to make sured the rope was aligned properly. That seemed like a pretty important point to be sure of (considering the stakes). LOL!

I was almost disappointed that y'all guessed correctly!

Also, I wish to thank you for commenting here about my story. I am quite fond of that story. Not for the content, but for the writing. I was so disappointed that only 3 people commented on it. It is the first bit of writing that I ever really "published" up to that time. Perhaps I was too proud of it.

sportyfun56 106M

4/21/2005 6:39 am

Dang Keith,
You make me feel sorry that I didn't split my coconut or something.. lol
and I'm sure the crowd below me would have willingly warned me if I was mis-aligned on the window. At least I hope they would.
And yours was a fine story and I enjoyed it. blog on bro.

GleesFlakyShawl 50M
1620 posts
5/12/2005 1:35 pm

sporty, maybe i lost some part of the story, but i was expecting u to discover "somebody" was using the room for other purposes....

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