Where The Wild Things Are – The Freight ElevatorPosted: April 17, 2013
Today, I was hesitant to get on an elevator at work.
There’s not much I hesitate to do at work. Wearing body armor and various weapons does tend to make one more bold. But today, I got a little tentative in our headquarters building.
So There I Was, Minding My Own Business
Fifty percent of good stories start with someone minding their own business. All the rest start with someone sitting in a bar. I was at work, so I was minding my own business.
I slipped in to the building through a secondary door and hit the up button to call the freight elevator. The freight is my preferred ride because it is faster than the main elevators, and the big bosses rarely use it. The car came up from the basement. The doors rattled, then opened. I stood there, looking at him.
He was alone in the elevator. A temporary contractor’s id card hung from his belt. I didn’t move until he said “hi, going up?” It was only two floors. I supposed I could fight him off that long if it came down to it. “Three please”, I said as I walked on.
The elevator doors closed, I took up a position behind and to his right so that I could use the wall to protect my sidearm if he attacked. It was a good angle to examine him from. As we reached the second floor, I felt certain that I knew who he was.
Second Floor – Dingggg!
The door slid open at the second floor. An old friend walked on as the person with the temporary badge walked off. He looked at who was getting off, then at me, then back at him. When the door closed, he spoke.
“Did you see that?”
“Yeah man, I was in here. I saw.”
“You were on the elevator with The Ogre.”
“From “Where The Wild Things Are”. Yes, I thought I was seeing things!”
The door opened on three and I walked off. Errand completed, I left the building by using the main elevator.
I’m bold, but I’m not foolish.
Some of you are wondering which monster it was. It was the one in the red and yellow striped shirt. He was wearing pants though. Also, he didn’t have on his horns.