Elevators are Simple.
If you’re an adult living anywhere outside of the third world, you’ve probably ridden an elevator at least once in your life. Elevators are everywhere and since their invention, they have become an everyday object that we take for granted. They move us swiftly to our destination and other than the occasional mishap, do it rather safely and effectively. They’re modern technology at its best – so well done, you rarely think about them.
I can’t tell you how many elevator rides I’ve taken in my lifetime, but I’m guessing the number includes a minimum of three zeroes. Maybe four. I’ve ridden creaky death traps and glass enclosed wonders. I’ve been on freight elevators and even an elevator through the center of a cylindrical fish tank. In some regards, I’d say I’m an elevator expert.
What I fail to understand about elevators however, is other people’s lack of understanding on how they work. It’s rather simple actually.
You get in the elevator and push a button indicating what floor you would like to be taken to. When you get to your button-determined floor, the doors swoosh open and you exit. Pretty simple, right?
Knowing this simple operation is the key to elevator happiness.
But here’s where it seems to get complicated. Why, I’ll never understand. While you’re waiting for the elevator to show up so you can step in, there are other people inside the elevator going up or down to their desired destination. In order for you to board the elevator, someone typically has to get off. Still with me?
Of course you are. So why is it that every time I try to step off an elevator as I reach my final destination some yahoo tries to walk through me as if I were invisible? In just a few moments, they will have to do the exact same thing and probably be just as perplexed as to why the family of four is standing at the door like rabid dogs waiting for a bone.
Move out of the way people. It’s not rocket science. Hell, I won’t even call it physics or geometry, since people freak out when there is math or science involved. It’s simply common sense. In order for me to exit and you to enter, the doorway must be free and clear of obstacles. Why you are one of the obstacles is beyond my brain’s processing power.
Move it or lose it people, I have somewhere important to be.
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