Monday, March 16, 2009

The Lift Phenomenon

Sometimes I am thrilled by human nature, other times I’m horrified. But mainly I’m intrigued. Like The Lift Phenomenon, for instance. What's that all about? I work on the fifth floor of a lovely, old building with an angel on top of it. Due to the fact that it is old, it has old lifts too. And they are somewhat rickety and can be a little bit, well, let’s just say, tardy. They're the type of lifts urban legends are made of - there are many, many stuck-in-the-lift-stories here. But, mostly, there are complaints of their slowness.

The thing is this though, why is it that people think that if they keep pushing the button (often viciously), the lift will come quicker? Do they really think that they have some super-power-like energy which travels directly from their finger tip, through the electrical wiring, to the little box that tells the lift that someone is looking for it, making the lift jump to attention, go faster to the floor that it was taking its current passengers, whip its door open and push its passengers out, and then whizz back down to pick up the impatient twit with a pressy finger and a super-power-complex? I think not.

It’s pretty obvious it’s Monday in my world, isn’t it?


Miranda said...

How very true. And how very annoying!

Hope your Sunday blues have passed

Frank J said...

Perhaps it's our desire to feel like we're at least making an effort.

Funny thing is, when I se other people doing that, I think 'How daft!'...

And then there are times i'm the daft one!

Shiny said...

Miranda - yes, thank you. Those Sunday Blues can be damn annoying. Luckily they're limited only to Sunday, due to their name. It's against the rules for them to hang about after pumpkin hour...

Frank - I think we can probably all admit to being the daft ones at some stage!


Anonymous said...

Ja! Good laugh! That's so true! Also what I find daft (and I have done it too!*blush*) is when you arrive at the lift and you already SEE that the button has been pressed... and you go and press it again... HELLO??? Like I am more important than the poor sucker who has been standing there pressing it viciously for the last 10 minutes! ;) Caio. Lis.

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