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Be careful; it’s light out!

Posted on 2006.05.30 at 16:27
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
Current Music: If I Fell - The Beatles

One of my coworkers could fairly be described as an inspiration to us all when it comes to exercise, diet, and stress reduction practices. She recently sent out an e-mail suggesting, among other things, that one should consider using the stairs rather than the elevator to travel between floors in the office. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable suggestion. I’m not saying that I’m going to give up the stairs entirely, but she’s not advocating some tree bark-eating weirdo lifestyle, just offering a few practical suggestions.

She received a lot of responses, most very favorable, but with one curious exception. The respondent asked that this business of using the stairs be discouraged, “…because we had someone here fall and injure themselves using the stairs…”

I am not sympathetic to the respondent’s point of view, not even a little. In fact, I’m this/close to calling the respondent an idiot, but I won’t (I will content myself with thinking it, though). But in the spirit of honoring their request, I would like to propose a few additional changes to the access and office utilization procedures: 

  • Post a sign on all stairwells reading, “Dangerous! Use only in emergency!”
  • I’ve seen far more people fall on flat surfaces than on stairs, so we should also post a sign on all floors and hallways reading, “Dangerous! Do not walk in office unless there is no alternative!”
  • We have a workout room in the office with various exercise options and devices. Do I really need to spell this one out? That has to be closed ASAP. There are about 50 different things that could go wrong there, so that room can’t be good for anybody.
  • Surveys have shown that sedentary lifestyles lead to all sorts of increased health risks. Since it is not safe to sit at one’s desk, and as stated above, not safe to move around, we should close the office entirely and have everyone work from home. Their children will thank us.

Okay, I think I’ve vented enough sarcasm for now. One other thing though – about the title of this post – I want the respondent to be careful about going outdoors when it’s light out, because they might see their shadow and get a nasty fright!

Later edit – I myself fell down some stairs and as a result had to be briefly hospitalized a few years back, so I would never deny the potential danger of a staircase, nor would I deny the danger of living one's life and trying to give it some value and quality!


meryddian at 2006-05-31 04:34 (UTC) (Link)
I fall up stairs.

And once I fell up an escalator.

Yes, I really am that talented. Those ballet classes I took as a kid are really paying off!!
charlesofcamden at 2006-05-31 06:10 (UTC) (Link)
"And once I fell up an escalator."

This I gotta hear! The only thing I can think of is that I know you've traveled a lot, so maybe this happened when you were somewhere below the equator, so that things would just naturally fall up. But if that's not it, I want to know how you managed to pull that one off - and what stopped you when the fall was completed!
meryddian at 2006-05-31 14:47 (UTC) (Link)
My friend Dawn (from NYC) was visiting me at my folks' house in CT when we found out our mutual friend Joe (who lives in Ohio) was going to be in Boston to compete in a martial arts tourney. (I think his discipline was ju jit su). He said he had some spare time if we were able to make it up there. Well, Boston was only about 90 min away which in New England Time is a hop skip and a jump (heck, 90 minutes here sometimes barely gets you across the city) so we said sure we'd come up for the day.

Well, we were hanging out at the Prudential Center Mall, and we walked across the ped bridge to the other mall attached to that one, and we were taking this escalator up to the next level. I don't know what I did; maybe I tripped ovre part of my coat that was hanging down (it was wrapped around my waist) or maybe I am just that uncoordinated, but next thing I know, I'm tripping and falling up the escalator. (although, admittedly, it would've been worse to fall down). It was like one of those moments where you walk down the street and you trip over your own feet, you know? There's just nothing else possible to have tripped over.

Dawn still likes to tease me about it if we're anywhere near an escaltor together.
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