I’m sure, like me, you have some interesting “lift stories”. Only once have I been trapped in a lift. It was only for about a minute as that lift had an automatic auxiliary which clicked in immediately the power failed. It was the lift to the Chief Minister’s office in an Asian country. However, it was somewhat alarming when it happened.
There are so many kinds of elevators in the world today. Some are quite impacting with their views. Some impress you with their speed. Others deter you by their standard of maintenance or non-maintenance. I noticed a smartly overalled mechanic with a tool box in a lift overseas. I somehow sensed he was the elevator maintenance technician. So I thanked him and asked if I might have the privilege of coming to the top of the building to see the lift mechanism. I had never done this before. He willingly obliged. It was amazing to see the thoroughness of his work. Lift conversations are of course usually brief but can be quite valuable in establishing links. I’ve made some very good business contacts in lifts.
One day I was in a BP building overseas. As we stopped at one of the floors and the doors opened – a young man said: “It’s Mr Short, the cracked egg man” and then the doors closed again. The other occupants wondered what all that might be – I knew immediately. The young man had obviously been at the College near to a school where I taught. They had a working farm there and sold eggs. I agreed to take their cracked eggs once a week or so. Hence the legend….
Lifts and elevators can be interesting……