I’ll be the first person to admit that I take the elevators every morning going to work. I even take the elevators going home everyday when I leave. Yes, I know I should walk and get a little exercise but I just don’t feel like it. Call me lazy, it’s quite ok. That’s not the reason I’m sitting up telling you what is going on with me.
I meet so many interesting people on the elevator. Are you one of those people who get on the elevator and look straight ahead? They never say hi or anything, they just look straight ahead. So you know me, I’m trying to see what they are looking at and usually it’s nothing. Maybe they are nervous and just don’t like elevators or they could be claustrophobic. So when they get off the elevator just say “It will be ok tomorrow.”
Are you one of those people who talk on the cell phone really loud so that I can hear your conversation? I recently heard a lady talking about how she was going to turn her 2 weeks notice as soon as she got to her desk. I wanted to say congratulations to her but she probably would have looked at me funny. I did give her the thumbs up though when she got off the elevator. I guess she must have come back or something because it’s been a month and she still on the elevator getting off on that floor.
Are you one of those people who get on the elevator and forget to push what floor you’re going to? And when your floor is passed you let us all know that you forgot to push your floor and roll your eyes at me. Hey, how in the heck was I to know you was to busy texting someone and you forgot? Are you one of those people that stare at other people? They just kind of stare at you and look at you up and down. Then pretty soon, I’m looking at myself up and down trying to see what they are looking at.
Ladies, do you smile and perk up when you see a handsome man on the elevator? I know I do, especially if he’s looking like Idris Elba and smelling good. Do you look at the ring finger to see if he’s married? Yep, I do. Do you look at his feet? I do. I checks him out. Yes, I do. And just as you about to make small talk and tell him how nice his cologne is, 3 more people get on the elevator and he’s no longer in my sight. Then he gets off the elevator and I make sure I know the floor and then the door disappears.
Hey, have you ever got on the elevator and another person gets on and they burst out to crying. So, you talk to the person and tell them to keep their head up and whatever it is that they are going through will get better. Then they hug you and tell you thank you. So, you go back to your desk not realizing that you were a blessing to someone until later on when it hits you.
Or have you always wanted to know what was on the top floor at your building. So one day you are on break and you go to the top floor to see what’s up there. You realize it’s normal people up there just like you at their desks working. So you get back on the elevator and stop off at the next floor and see your supervisor or director and they are looking at you like you are way past your break time. So you smile and not even try to explain why you coming from the 10th floor when your floor is 3.
How many of you burst into song when that favorite song pops in your head on the elevator and you start singing and then when the door opens you shut up. I do it alot and Lord don’t let me have my earphones in and I’m listening to pandora. If I hear something I like, I’m going to sing really loud because the words in that song just stirring up my soul.
Or when you see that lady you use to work for in 1995 who was your then supervisor and always gave you a hard time. So now she is on the elevator and she keeps trying to see where she knows you from and so you turn a little because you don’t want her to turn you into stone with her Medusa self. When she gets off at her floor she turns and gives you that look that she knows you. So you make a mental note to not take the elevator so you don’t have to bump into her anymore.
Have you ever been on the elevator and see someone everyday and you’ve never asked them their name? Yall talk about everything from the weather to what type of coffee you drink in the morning. Whom ever gets off first always says “Have a good day.” But you realize that you never asked him or her what their name was. Next time, introduce yourself to your elevator buddy. Lately I just started having conversations with people on the elevator and it’s been hilarious. There is this one guy who is losing his hair in the middle of his head and he’s got the deepest Barry White voice and it’s smooth like some wine. Next time I see him I’m going to ask him to sing a Barry White song. I hope he knows who Barry White is. If he don’t we are going to have a problem.
I guess I use all of my experiences to find a character to write about and I’m sure my elevator companions have quite a story to tell. So i’m always wondering whats their story. In the meantime I’ll keep riding the elevators until I start taking the stairs. Who knows, maybe tomorrow I just might take the stairs and I will probably meet some interesting people while I’m gasping for air as I try to make it up 2 flights.