Can I Get A Witness?Posted: April 15, 2014
I am going to hire an employee. That person will have one duty – they will have to be with me so that I always have someone to turn to and say “did you see that?” when I witness something.
Unfortunately, I have not hired that employee yet. You’re going to have to take my word for it – the story I’m about to tell you is true.
A six a.m. flight had me up and moving early. I wasn’t moving fast, but I was moving. There were all the usual hygiene procedures, then I got dressed and carried my bags out in to the hotel’s hallway.
Hotels are very quiet places at four-thirty in the morning. I made my way down the hall, thinking about the route to the airport and hoping for short security lines when I arrived. While I waited for the elevator to come up to the fourth floor I checked again to make sure I had not left my house keys in the hotel room.
When the elevator opened on the ground floor I started to step out, then noticed a spider standing a foot or two outside the elevator.
This was not a small spider. This wasn’t a huge hairy spider. This was one of those spiders that is big enough to make you say “whoa, spider” without being freaked out by the fact that it exists. That narrows down the sort of spider I’m discussing, right?
I stepped around the spider. As I passed, I thought that it looked as if the spider was waiting for the elevator. I’m sure it was because I was still sleepy, but I grinned as I wondered whether the spider had pressed the up button or was just waiting for someone to come down.
And then it happened.
The spider walked on to the elevator. The door closed behind him.
There was a pause.
And the elevator started up.
Because I was making this part of my trip on my own, no one saw this but me. I even turned, hoping that someone had walked up in time to witness that this moderately sized spider had waited for the elevator, boarded it after I stepped off and went upstairs. I love a good “did you see that?” and I feel frustrated when I can’t say it. The only solution I can come up with to relieve that frustration is to hire someone to be there when I’m otherwise unaccompanied.
I’m a very focused traveler. I plan my trips meticulously. I don’t like delays. I check out of hotels. I go directly to the airport. I am at the gate early. But I was so fascinated by this spider event that I stood and waited, forfeiting precious moments to see the spider’s journey through.
The elevator went up.
It stopped on the third floor.
I heard the doors open, then close.
The elevator did not come back down.
Based on what I saw, I’m pretty sure that the spider did press the up button. He wasn’t just waiting until someone woke up and rode the elevator down. He went to the third floor on purpose.
I’m still curious about what he was up to. The spider wasn’t holding a key card, so I’m assuming that he was visiting a hotel guest.
I wonder what it sounds like when a spider knocks on a door. Maybe next trip.