Elevator stories

a high-rise buildingLiving in a high-rise has its ups and downs…lots of ‘em. That’s why I like to look for as much entertainment as possible on my (usually) short trips to and from the 8th floor.

SmallClearNewsThe computer screen in the elevator provides a varied menu of hypnotizing tidbits, including news, currency exchange rates, weather, ads and—my favourite—Word of the Day. However, human (or in my building, frequently canine) interaction is more fun and unpredictable than fixating on the electronic screen.

This morning, for instance, when I got on the elevator I couldn’t help but notice I was joining a very cuddly young couple, and I was immediately assaulted by an atmosphere of exotic perfume. Continuing their conversation (or perhaps noticing my cloth shopping bags), the young woman murmured to her companion, “We have to get groceries—that is, wine.”

I thought about interjecting, “You could always pick up some bread and water, too,” but refrained and just smiled at the couple. They giggled in response as they left the elevator at lobby level, leaving me alone in the perfume cloud to descend to the car park.

I had a less positive experience a couple of weeks ago. It was about 9:30 on a gloriously sunny morning following days of rain. I had just walked back from my gym, enjoying the sun and invigorating fresh air. This time, my companions on the elevator were two girls who looked to be in their late teens. They were fashionably dressed and kept their dark sunglasses on in the elevator. One of them complained to her friend, “I know I look awful in these sunglasses.”

Feeling friendly, I remarked, “At least you have a reason to use them today!”

In response, she groaned and said, “Oh, I can’t stand the sun.” However, she did give me the courtesy of saying, “Good night,” as I left the elevator.

I guess it had been a long night—just now ending—for those two. I felt frankly sorry for them, unable to appreciate the lovely morning. I couldn’t help but thinking they were like an alien species to me.

Just wait till I start writing about our fire alarms. That’s when we get to do stair workouts.


About nancytinarirunswrites

I used to be known as a competitive runner, but now I have a new life as a professional writer and editor. I'm even more obsessive about reading, writing, and editing than I was about running. Running has had a huge influence on my life, though, and runner's high does fuel creativity. Maybe that's why this blog evolved into being 95% about running, but through blogging I'm also learning about writing and online communication. I'm fascinated by how the Internet has changed work, learning, and relationships. I love to connect in new and random ways!
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2 Responses to Elevator stories

  1. Hi Nancy- just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. Great running stories- and so well-written. In a way, Dave Reed led me here because I went searching for information on the Dave Reed 5k, then went looking for info on Dave himself- and landed on your blog. I recently returned to running after a break of over 20 years, and so your blog is a big inspiration!

    • Thanks for your comments, Angela, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. I love the “random” aspect of finding good blogs and articles online. There are so many good writers doing it just for the love of writing and their subject. Good luck with your running and remember to keep the fun it it!

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