THREE MEN IN A LIFT TO SAY NOTHING OF A DOG

2014-07-14lift3This morning I was going in the lift down from the 16th floor. On the 10th floor the door opened and a stocky man with a huge dog entered. The dog looked fiercely at me. After the dog gave a low bark, the owner pressed its snout with his right hand. With his left hand he kept the dog by the collar, using also his knees to keep the dog in the corner of the lift. I can’t say I felt at ease, but I found comfort in thinking that this awkward neighborhood wouldn’t last longer than half a minute.

On the fifth floor another tenant came in. The three of us didn’t know each other.

We got stuck between the fourth and the third floors.

I won’t write much about the twenty minutes we had spent before the technicians came and set us free. Yes, our pulses might have been elevated at first, and the dog was a bit nervous. Good luck the light didn’t go out. We pressed the call button (entrapment calls are taken seriously here), and while we were waiting out we discussed quite a number of things “under the sun”, including the World Cup Final, the war with Russia and the position of Angela Merkel (“Frau Ribbentrop”). One of us, who introduced himself as Misha, said he had been stranded in lifts about five times this year already. Sasha (the dog owner) humorously said that now he knew who was the reason for our being lodged between the floors. Sasha and I agreed that next time we would not let Misha into the lift to go with us :-).

The long and short of it is that within those twenty minutes I had come to know two wonderful people, the dog began licking my hand, and the encouraging smile on the face of the mechanic  who pried our door open was the most pleasant welcome I had ever known.

A nice beginning of the day!

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One Response to “THREE MEN IN A LIFT TO SAY NOTHING OF A DOG”

  1. Olia Says:

    🙂

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