The other day I was talking about Netflix and I mentioned Die Hard being one of my all time favorite movies. From the fact that it really is a Christmas movie, to the fact that I currently have Bruce Willis hair that he had in that movie, to the unbelievable amount of lines in the movie I can still quote, “Shoot the Glass” etc., to the amount of ways that John McClane took a whole host of terrorists down with no shoes on, make it an all time classic that people are still trying to duplicate(even Die Hard sequels tried).
You know how strong your senses are and you can capture a smell(like chocolate chip cookies) and can be transported to your grandma’s house? For me, it is a sound. I recently started working in a place that is on the fifth floor and since I’m lazy I take the elevator. And a sound I haven’t heard since Die Hard is the ding the elevator makes when it hits its floor.
Every time I hear it, I expect that explosion that Bruce had to duck when the elevator went off.
Amazing how that sound can bring you back 29 years. That got me thinking, “What do elevators do when they aren’t transporting people at light speed between floors?”
The elevator in this building is a girl. I know because she announces in such a sweet and tame manner that I am on floor B1. She does her job quickly and efficiently. Usually she reaches me within a minute and has me to the bottom or top of the building between 1 and 5 seconds.
She does it for probably a hundred or two hundred people a day, so what does she do in her off time. You know, when people are all bitterly sitting at their desks for the day. Or when everyone leaves for day?
WHAT. DOES. SHE. DO?
I wonder if she and the other elevators take 15 minute breaks and pretend they are broken if someone tries to get on.
I wonder if they try to go up and down really fast to get their stomaches all fluttery.
Maybe they push each other like a swing back and forth on their cables.
Or maybe they take naps like I would do constantly.
Maybe their have really strict supervisors and they have to stay on the bottom floor until someone summons them.
Maybe they are envious of their friends that work in tall buildings like the Sears Towers or the Empire state building. Maybe they are envious of their friends that work in a mansion that has elevators.
Maybe they make prank calls with their phones to security officers all day.
Maybe they have employment agencies that place them in hotels, or high rise buildings or casinos, or old abandoned mine shafts.
Maybe they have Netflix on their TV screens and watch that all day.
Maybe some of the make pictures from all their buttons like some residents do.
I wonder if some of them are afraid of heights or the dark, and don’t like going to the top floor, or worse, B4.
I wonder if some of them like to entertain their customers by making going really fast to the top and making their customers stomach do flips.
I don’t know what they do all day. I assume that a movie will be done about them someday. Like the Secret Life of Pets style animated movie. And we will all laugh, or make snide remarks.
So, question, what do you think they do all day? Tell me in the comments.
Bitter Elevator Ben