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a friday diversion*

July 23, 2010

I’ve been all hung up on the photobooth contest and it’s been a while since I’ve posted a diversion for your reading pleasure. So here we go.

How much time do you spend waiting for elevators? If you live in a vertically inclined urban environment, you might spend a considerable amount of time standing in front of those silver doors, raising your chin as you watch the lighted numbers dropping to M or G or 1 or wherever it is that you wait. Some of you live or work in a highrise with a notoriously slow lift and spend an inordinate amount of time inside the box, gazing longingly at your own desired number.

This spring I was in Chicago for a work-related conference, and ventured to the Hancock building to ascend to the observation deck. The recorded voice boasted that I was riding one of the worlds’ fastest elevators. I didn’t have to wait long to enjoy the view.

One man who knows a thing or two about waiting in an elevator is Nicholas White. Watch this video and read the old New York Times story, and you’ll see that your wait is more insignificant than you think…

*a sun/mon/tues/wednes/thurs/fri/saturday diversion is a digression into nearly irrelevant details, an amusement, a slight deflection from the content generated by the waiters, intended to keep you pleasantly occupied until the next update…or diversion…whatever comes first.

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