So this conversation took place:
"Hello! Just wanted to check - will you be locking up this evening?"
"Uhmmmmmm ... no. You guys usually do that ..."
"We do. But you're here on extended hours and there are other sites I need to be at. I'm just checking so I can plan the rest of my night."
"Oh, well ... I should be out of here by 9:00. But you might want to check with 'Belinda' (not her real name) in the next room. She's the only other one here besides me."
I go to check with 'Belinda' ...
"Hi! I'm not trying to rush you ... just wonder how long you're planning on staying ..."
"Oh, probably another 20 or 30 minutes. Why? Are you turning out the lights?"
"I have in the other buildings but I won't do so here until you leave."
"Will I still be able to get out with the alarm on?"
"Oh, no, no ... I'm not doing anything until you take off ..."
"So, the lights will still be on?"
"And I'll still be able to get out even with the alarm on? I won't set it off?"
"No ... as I said, I won't turn off any lights nor set the alarm until everyone is out of the building?"
"So ... I can leave without any problem?"
It was at this point I wondered if I was speaking in a foreign tongue and didn't realize it ...
"Yes. Without any problems. Lights: Still on. Alarm: Not set until you are out of the building ..."
I watched 'Belinda' screw up her face while thinking. I half thought she was going to ask another bewildering question but ... "Well, okay then. Thank you."
It's days like this when it feels like you're pulling teeth ...
.......... Ruprecht ( STOP )