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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Going Down! or Look Out, Tamra’s Got a Bus to Catch!

Tamra’s inability to leave her desk on time causes her to run to the elevator and park on the buttons.

I tag along, just because I find it amusing.

The doors close. 

“So what are you doing now?”

“Well,” she says, holding the Close-Door button, “I have a theory.”

“A theory!  Tell me about it.”

She smiles.  She suspects that I am teasing her – and in this, she is correct – but tells me anyway.

“It’s my theory,” she says, finger still on the Close-Door button, “that when I keep my finger on this button  and don’t let it up, that the car won’t stop on another floor."

I stare at her.

"I’ll get to the lobby quicker,” she explains.

“So let me get this straight,” I say.  “On the days that you are leaving late for your bus, you endeavor to keep the elevator to yourself for a full 47 floors.”

She nods.  “That is correct.”

“So other people be hanged, you got a bus to catch?”

“Correct.”

And then she laughs.

I squint at her.  “You know it doesn’t make a difference, right?”

She winks – winks!  “I gotta lean into it, Pearl.  I gotta lean just right, and then it works.”

“You are a superstitious little freak,” I offer.

She beams at me.  “And we just rode down 47 floors without stopping once.”  The doors open to the lobby, and she leaves me in her wake, power-walking toward the doors out onto Sixth, ready to throw herself at the two city-block walk to her stop.  “You’re welcome!”


28 comments:

jabblog said...

I always believed that, too. You mean to tell me it's not true? I'm destroyed . . .

Indigo Roth said...

PearlyGirl!

Ooooh, that's spooky. But as they say on the beer advert (yes, I'm going to quote a beer advert), it's only weird if it doesn't work. And it must be true, else the NFL wouldn't allow them to advertise right? Here We Go.

There's also an advert on the NFL for your blog that says I should consult a physician if I have a smirk that lasts more than three hours.

It also says I should read your blog if I have low blood pressure, but frankly, I think it helps.

Love and kisses, Roth x

Simply Suthern said...

Sounds like a girl that might throw an elbow or two. Watch out.

joeh said...

Sometimes I have to push the close door button several times...eventually it almost always works.

Shelly said...

I don't ride elevators enough to know much about them, but she sounds like the kind of girl I want riding with me on the elevator, although I don't want her around when I'm trying to catch one.

There's some nice things said about you on my last post in the comments- check it out. Pearlie love, it is-

Dawn@Lighten Up! said...

Tamra is right, you know. On the elevator, as in life, you just gotta lean into it. Then it works.

Daisy said...

Hahaha! I'm not convinced, but I believe that SHE believes. :D

tiffany rose said...

So THAT'S the trick, thanks for the tip, will use.

I have my own theories but I'm not selfless enough to share, sorry.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
..........You actually get in a lift that reaches the height of dizzy? You get in a lift??? I avoid such things as much as possible.

Claustrophobia. 47 floors!!!!! Crikey woman, come down to Earth will ya.

But not in your writing. Your writing scales heights and that's just fiiiiinneeee &*> YAM xx

Geo. said...

We all have our quirks. Elevators are electric now instead of horse-drawn. But sometimes I still catch myself yelling "Giddyup!" at the ceiling.

Buttons said...

So she is right:)? B

jenny_o said...

As a fellow rusher, I admire her technique, and if our town had anything with more than five floors I would certainly use it. As it is, it's quicker to take the stairs.

Linda O'Connell said...

I think she may know of what she speaks.

Grace said...

Gotta love it..!

Joanne Noragon said...

My God, she'll be trying the fireman's button next, to see if the elevator has jet speed.

Delores said...

I used to do that too because at the end of the day I wanted OUT of there and I didn't want to talk to anyone.

Launna said...

I never thought of that... wow that the elevator did not stop at all going down 47 floors... hmmmm

Daisy said...

I gotta find an elevator and try it out. You work on the 47th floor??? 8-O Wow!

Gigi said...

Tomorrow at 5:00 pm you can count on the fact that I will be leaning into it while hitting the close door button! Tell Tamra, "thanks for the tip!" from me, would ya?

Al Penwasser said...

You mean it's true? Or not true?
Or should I just take the stairs?

Elephant's Child said...

Of course it's true. And if you push the button at the traffic lights many times very quickly the green man appears.

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

I'm trying that. Thanks Tamra!

River said...

Me? I'd be leaving myself plenty of time to get to the bus without rushing. I've never worked in a place that needed an elevator anyway.

Danielle L Zecher said...

This is making me want to experiment on the elevator at work, just to see if it will work. With only three floors I bet I can get the lean right. ;-)

Mitchell is Moving said...

I've know so many Tamra's in my life! And her sister who incessantly presses the elevator button on her floor because that way it gets to her faster.

the walking man said...

I want to know if that would work on a 75 floor trip?

chlost said...

My husband tells me that if you keep pushing the elevator button it will come to get you much sooner. Maybe he's right after all. Do you think he knows Tamra?

Diane Tolley said...

I love quirky elevator riders. Myself, I like to stand, facing the wrong way. I'm totally up for any new gimmick.