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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?


Nov. 13th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Why not just ask in what department they work? How long they've been with the company? How do they like it?

Personally, I hate being around people I see all the time and not knowing their names, what they do, etc. I introduce myself to anyone I can.
Nov. 13th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
I just don't always have the energy to be that outgoing - least of all first thing in the morning, or after a long day at work...which naturally is when I'm on the elevator.

Plus, at this point I've worked here long enough that it's a little embarassing that I don't know people's names - and .. well, they usually know who I am.


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