After my elderly lady friends, as well as the British Girl and I myself, had been "ejected" from the cheap La Jolla Hotel
on the occasion of its renovation to the fancy Hotel Valencia, I had no place to stay.
I did not mind, because at SIO I shared an office with my friend and colleague Andy. This office not only had a lab counter with a sink, but also two desks, a large bookcase and a drafting table. So I got myself a sleeping bag and an inflatable pillow, and when I was done studying late at night, I could take a cramped bath in the sink and then go to sleep in my sleeping bag under the drafting table.
I told the janitor not to bother emptying my wastepaper basket, because I would take care of that myself. But every night two security officers would unlock the door, walk in and look around. For months, I would just hold my breath and they never noticed I was sleeping there.
Then one night, I saw one of them shine his flashlight into the waste paper basket and utter some profanity. They stormed out of the door and came back with the janitor in tow.
"Why did not you empty this can?" one of them asked pointing at a used
match I had not bothered to remove. The janitor was apparently very frightened and replied: "Because the guy told me that I should not do it!" |
"What guy?' the other officer asked.
"That one there." the janitor said, pointing to the drafting table.
The pair of them approached, and one bent down shining his flashlight into my face.
I did a good simulation of being asleep, and all three walked out, the janitor carrying the basket instead of just taking out the single used match.
A few minutes later they came back with their Security Chief, who gently shook me awake - he thought.
I crawled out of my sleeping bag and said that I was just sleeping there that night because I had been studying late for an exam.|
He said that it was ok for one night but that I should not do it again, because it was considered trespassing ..
I thanked him and promised not to trespass again, as long as he would me allow to go back to my sleeping bag till the morning.