No Love in an Elevator

This morning I’m walking into my office building and I just happen to be a little behind a female office worker, let’s call her Shirly.  She walks into an elevator and the doors begin to shut.  I was a little surprised that she didn’t hold the door for me, so I stuck my arm between the doors as they were closing so I can trigger the safety mechanism to make them reopen again, which they did.

As I entered, this usually bubbly person has a look of fear on her face and tells me, “Never do that again!” 

“Do what?” I replied.

“You could have lost your arm.”

I then started to laugh and told her “Don’t be silly.”

That was when her eyes turned red and steam started to come out of her ears and the atmosphere suddenly became uncomfortable.  Shirly then decided to tell me, “I’m only trying to look out for you, when a person gives you advice you take it!  Have you not seen that article . . .

“Yes, I know what story you are talking about, but I wasn’t going to lose my arm.”


“The doors never shut on me, I just tapped them to trigger the safety mechanism to have them reopen.”

She then walked with me about 100 or so feet as I made way to me lowly cubical  lecturing me on how when someone gives me advice, I need to take it and what she said wasn’t silly. 

I tried to tell her that I didn’t mean to purposely upset her and that she shouldn’t take anything I said personally, but I also let her know that I didn’t want her advice and I wasn’t going to lose my arm.

She responded with a tad bit of rage, “Well then, GOD BLESS YOU!”

Who knows, maybe I’m in the wrong.  My one-eyed wife could have been married to a one-armed husband.  Or maybe I ran into another women who feels like she’s the boss of everyone.


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5 Responses to No Love in an Elevator

  1. LittlePastor says:

    Just remember next time to use your head, and watch the steam shoot out of her ears!

    But if you had AFLAC there might be a good payout for a severed arm…..

  2. MToots says:

    Too many times we all take things personally…especially when the subject matter is something that is quite meaningful to us. Sorry your day started w/ a “challenge” Perhaps tomorrow will be better.

  3. or maybe you ran into someone who didn’t have her cup of coffee yet/

  4. Trinity13 says:

    I’ll take me chances, thank you.

  5. Bronson says:

    Mr. Geeding,
    You just have a way of bringing out the best in people don’t you? I just can’t stop laughing. That was pretty funny. Anyhow I can see both sides and can’t say that either of you are wrong or right. I never saw that article. Next time have a fake arm with you that way you can loose that instead of your real arm, just a thought.

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