Wayne Yoshida in Humor (English), beBee in English Principal Technical Writer | Senior Technical Writer • Skyworks Solutions, Inc Feb 17, 2018 · 2 min read · 1.1K

Random Life Events: Timing, Making Decisions and Changing Behaviors

Random Life Events: Timing, Making Decisions and Changing Behaviors

I got stuck in an elevator yesterday.

Although I don’t have claustrophobia, this is one of my recurring nightmares, probably triggered by some of the movies I’ve seen.

Like everything in life, random situations are about timing and making decisions.

I went to the restroom, but the one on my floor was occupied.

I could have gone to the restroom in the gym, but I decided to take the elevator to the second floor and use the facility there.

The elevator ride is short, only two floors. I could have taken the stairs.

On my way down, the elevator door did not open. I waited for a few seconds, but when the Floor 1 button did not light up, I punched the Call button.

An automated voice announced the location of the elevator, and the auto-dialer called some service number. A nice lady answered the phone, took some information from me and let me know she made a service call.

She asked me if I had a cellphone number to call for updates.

Since I was just going to the bathroom, I didn’t take my phone with me. (Who uses their phone while using the restroom?)

I could feel the elevator slightly swinging, like a tire on a rope.

I started to think about several scenes in movies and TV shows where people are stuck in an elevator, like the Bruce Willis movie “Die Hard.”

After a few minutes (I didn’t have my phone and I don’t wear a watch, so I didn’t know what time it was), I decided to stop thinking about those scary things and instead take advantage of this “break” and relax.

I sat on the floor and breathed deeply. In and out. In and out, trying to relax. It was working.

Sometime later, I heard a faint knock from somewhere. It was the building manager checking to see if someone was in the elevator. I could barely hear her.

I yelled my reply and said I am not from the second floor office, but from the office below, on the first floor. I think she said something about getting someone to fix the elevator.

I could still feel the elevator gently swinging. Sort of like being on a large ocean liner. More strange noises were happening. Sort of like a mechanical groaning sound. Or maybe something from a Halloween-themed movie.

Then, an alarm started screaming and the little fireman’s’ hat indicator lit up. It was so loud this totally rattled my calm and relaxed state of mind. I had to cover my ears, but could still hear the high pitched buzzing whine.

Pushing the “Cancel” button didn’t do anything. And I also thought, “If I cancel the call, will that cancel the help on its way?”

I kept pushing the Help button. This time, no one answered the call.

Finally, I felt some more movement, heard some more noises, but still not the normal elevator feeling. It was a strange scraping sound. And finally, the door opened. The building manager and the building engineer apologized several times.

I just nodded and went to my office.

Good thing I was on my way back from the restroom, rather than going to the restroom. I wasted nearly an hour inside that elevator.

Next time, I am going to take the stairs. Or use the restroom in the gym, on my floor.

In any case, I will definitely take my phone with me.

About Wayne Yoshida

Wayne Yoshida is a technical writer and education advocate with sales management experience. Wayne currently works in the alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) industry and has worked for a wide variety of high technology companies, including aerospace and defensephotonics, lasers and opto-mechanics, two-way radiotelecommunications and a non-profit, educational organization. His personal passion for electronics and Amateur Radio opened many doors to some very interesting personal and professional experiences. Working as a ham radio consultant for the NASA Johnson Space Center during Space Shuttle mission STS-9 is his most memorable experience.Connect with him on LinkedIn, Twitter and beBee, and for a look into his personal passions, follow his blog.





Wayne Yoshida Feb 20, 2018 · #9

#8 Thank you for commenting and sharing, @🐝 Fatima G. Williams - I am not sure it would be good to have another person in there -- for me - depending on how the other person reacts - it would be OK or not OK experience. I do like the idea of having a book. And possibly not an eBook, since if the battery dies, all you have is a fancy and expensive paper weight.

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🐝 Fatima G. Williams Feb 19, 2018 · #8

I would have felt better if someone else was with me or I had a book. Good decision on taking the stairs

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Wayne Yoshida Feb 19, 2018 · #7

#4 Thanks, @Phil Friedman - Interesting inside note - and funny.

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Wayne Yoshida Feb 19, 2018 · #6

#2 Thanks @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee - Yes, I am so glad I was alone. That probably helped as I tried to cope!

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Wayne Yoshida Feb 19, 2018 · #5

#1 #3 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador and @Lada 🏡 Prkic - Yes, very correct! I once worked in a hi-rise building. We had a fire drill once. My dept manager, a heavy person who smoked, received a pre-drill notice from the building manager.

She worked from home that day.

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Phil Friedman Feb 18, 2018 · #4

@Wayne Yoshida, when I was working my way through college, I had a job for a firm located on the eighth floor of the Otis Elevator Building in Chicago, home of the Otis Elevator Company. Otis was always testing new control systems on the two main elevators, with so many glitches that all of us working in the building would stop first at the ground-floor snack stand and buy a candy bar and a drink before entering the elevator. Some even carried magazines in their back pockets. Going down, the experienced used the stairs. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. Cheers!

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Lada 🏡 Prkic Feb 18, 2018 · #3

I think that being stuck in an elevator is everyone's nightmare. For the last 15 years, I live on the 12th floor, in a building with two elevators. So far, fortunately, never experienced being stuck. The only good thing about your situation is that you were on your way back from the restroom. :-)

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You remind me of the Egyptian Movie "Between Earth and Sky', which was written by the Noble Prize laureate Naguib Mahfouz. In the crowded elevator people showed their real behaviors. Under stress they started to express their regrets of the wrong things they were doing. When finally they got out they went back to their normal behaviors. Except that you were alone @Wayne Yoshida so luckily for you nobody listened to what you were saying. Yes, please take your phone with you.

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