10.02.2011

Elevator Practice

For some odd reason, while in an elevator, I never seem to be able to remember which button to push to hold the doors open. This leads to some awkwardness after making eye contact with strangers, as they rush to get onboard, only to have the doors quickly shut in front of them as I repeatedly push for the doors to close. I halfway expect some pumped-up, steroid-injecting, angry man to run down the stairs and confront me after I successfully arrive at my destination and attempt to exit. Which leads me to last weekend.

RB & I stayed in a condo in Panama City Beach, where we were fortunate to get free* concert tickets for Miranda Lambert (Friday) and Jason Aldean (Saturday). Admittedly, I'm not much of a  country music fan, but it seems rather elitist to write off an entire genre.

*Free is a relative term, since the resort charged an additional $160 for a damage waiver, reservation, registration and cleaning fees.

As holders of preferred general admission tickets, we were directed to the section closest to the stage, which would have been amazing if I'd known one song. I thought I did, but it turns out Carrie Underwood digs her keys into his pretty little souped up 4 wheel drive. Miranda should probably add it to her repertoire. Just sayin'.

We were enjoying the show, packed tight, when the angry man from my elevator scenario started pushing his way near the stage. He was saying, "Don't look at me.  Don't look at me." A gaping hole in the crowd opened up, as Steroid man ripped off his shirt, and attempted to fight the guilty man who apparently was brave enough to look at him. He was standing directly in front of me, with his beefy, overthick neck in view. I, of course, felt an overwhelming urge to thump him in the neck, but came to my senses when I remembered how painful broken noses can be.

10 comments:

Laoch of Chicago said...

At least I have a tag line now, "Don't look at me."

TiffanyBerry said...

You actually push the button that closes the door. That is SO funny. I'm picturing this and laughing so hard, I'm crying! Why are you the funniest person alive?

ColleenQ said...

Laoch: kind of an odd choice for location if you're hoping to avoid any eye contact...

TBerry: it's my strategy for making new friends. So far...none.

TiffanyBerry said...

I actually pulled your move today. on sheer accident. But I laughed extra hard to myself when I thought about us both doing this now. Thanks for the tip :)

Jason aldean said...

That is some thing odd!

Haphazardkat said...

the close buttons on my work elevator don't work however, the doors have a hilarious habit of snagging a hapless elevator darter by slamming shut when they are halfway in.

hehehe.

I laugh every time.

DavidShag said...

I thought I was the only one who could not ever remember which button of the two meant 'open'. In my case I tend to stare stupidly at the two trying to puzzle out which is which while the moment passes. I hope the hapless rider thinks I didn't see him or her.

I have the same issue when someone says to turn right or left. I seem to register only the word 'turn' - or when I was in ROTC, I only picked up on the 'face' part of right or left face. This frequently caused me to boldly go where someone who had heard rightly was also going at the same moment. After a number of tongue-lashings they finally believed me and posted me to a desk job - and this in the Viet Nam era! I just can't process right or left without some time to think.

We must have some tiny genetic locational flaw on our otherwise magnificent brains.

Mildred Ratched said...

Don't you just love the Redneck Riviera? There's no place quite like it!

Miranda Lambert said...

I have the same issue when someone says to turn right or left.

The Black Keys & Arctic Monkeys said...

This is quite different thing!