Thursday, November 13, 2008

tall buildings

One of the most devious inventions to ever crush social interactions ever is the tall building. Tall buildings have single handedly taken normal human conversations with people you sorta know and bump into in an elevator, and turned them into nightmares. In the olden days, buildings were shorter. Thus, elevator rides were only a couple of floors, tops. So you'd never be in one for longer than 15-20 seconds. This was enough to ask the usual questions
  • "How are you?"
  • "Man, the weather is sooo [insert adjective]"
  • "How was your weekend?...yeah I know it's Wednesday....but I just love hearing about your past weekends"
Now buildings are much taller, they make frequent stops on like every floor, and you're stuck in them for like a minute or two. A minute as we all know, feels like an eternity. How do you talk with random people for that long? Now the conversation includes things you just make up on the fly...
  • "How are you?"
  • "How's your mom doing?"
  • "So, what do you think of Security Council status of Turkey? Woo!"
  • "I would've never guessed that it's not butter!"
One of the most stressful things of work now is the elevator rides. Who would've thunk that transportation could be so socially challenging.

1 comment:

Pat Martin said...

Ahh! These elevator rides are the reason that you were taught poetry and music.
I'm kidding, but it seriously was my first thought. When in doubt, recite a poem or sing a song. Who knows, maybe someone will join in?
Great blog, Shakes!