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Elevator Awkward

I work on the 4th floor. Riding the elevator is just a part of my life.

Fairly often, I'm arriving at the same time as other worker bees are entering the hive -and a fair number of them are vaguely familiar to me because we work at the same company, but not very familiar since we rarely or never interact. Someone who was relentlessly or effortlessly gregarious could just strike up any ol' conversation while in the elevator - but I find the experience moderately torturous.

Do I start up a conversation? We only have a few seconds, so nothing of consequence can be said. Do I stare at my shoes in awkward silence? That's so uncomfortable. Do I make inane small-talk about traffic, the weather, or the proximity of the day at hand to the weekend; and silently loathe myself for being so banal?

I need an elevator strategy. Anyone got a brilliant idea?

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nixieq
Nov. 10th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
hell, you don't even need a cell phone for that one. if you want people to think you're nuts, just have a convo without a headset. if you want to amuse people (but still have them think you're relatively sane), just pop a headset in your ear and tuck the end in your pocket. >:) you could have a lot of fun with that, without running up minutes...
aghrivaine
Nov. 10th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
well see, I don't want them to think i'm nuts. i work here, after all.

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