I was on the elevator a few days ago.
I was alone at first, then one guy got on.
The next floor, a woman joined us.
There were three of us now.
It was quiet.
Then another woman got on.
“How’s everybody doing?” She asked as the door closed.
Though it was a question, she wasn’t really asking.
I know this because of what she said next.
“I just wanted to break the ice because elevators are the worst place in the world. They’re so awkward… I hate it.”
She’d said this in a kind-of tongue-in-cheek way, but not really. Though she was smiling meekly, I could tell that she meant it.
Her body language — water bottle up close to her face, eyes cast downward as she talked, fake “flight attendant” smile — revealed high levels of discomfort.
At least she was honest.
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Especially in elevators, where you can learn a lot by observing people who can’t flee the scene.
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