yes, a freight elevator

Friday, September 24, 2010

for the last 3+ years i've been working at an awesome integrated marketing firm called thunder::tech.

we are located in an old vacuum cleaner factory/warehouse turned work/live space in midtown, just east of downtown cleveland, and i love it.

sidenote: to gen an actual visual of my office you can watch this video. it's well over 2 years old but you'll be able to see what i'm talking about.

so while working in an old warehouse may be fun and unique, there's one downfall. a downfall that's especially bothersome to a sometimes lazy bum like me.

we have a manual freight elevator.

picture of said freight elevator

what's the big deal you may ask?

well kids, this freight elevator is work.

- first you have to hold down a call button to bring the car to your floor, and if you let go of the button the elevator will stop.
- one has to perfectly line up the car to the floor you're on or the door will not open... you do this by watching for a little metal bar to come across the little square window in the upper right hand corner of the door - i.e. you have to pay attention.
- there are two doors to open - the big heavy metal steel door and the lighter weight wooden gate.
- those same two doors need to both be closed evenly and correctly, no gaps, and latched in order to move the elevator.

and all that i just mentioned needs to be repeated again once you actually get to your destination floor.



i don't have the leisure of pushing a button blindly while my head is pushed in my cellphone - i have to pay attention, i have to lift heavy things.

and don't even get me started on if i'm carrying something, i've spilled more than one starbucks while trying to operate this bad boy.

sometimes i try to be good and just take the stairs, but i'm on the 5th floor and climbing all those stairs is also work.

it's a no win situation for a lazy broad like me.

eff, life is hard.

thank god i've become a stellar manual freight operator in all my years at t::t.

and honestly, between you and i, although i bitch, i'd probably miss the big ugly freight elevator if it was gone.

sigh, at least it's friday - have a good weekend everyone!


  1. I love that your office has character and history though. I work in a compeltely ugly modern gray sterilized environment and its less than exciting.

    Have a great weekend, Alexa.

  2. I'm barely functional in the morning. I would be very anti freight elevator. Good for you for getting the system down.

    I'm curious, though, when you originally interviewed, was someone waiting there to show you how to use it? Or was that the first test?

  3. I have to use a freight elevator at my office too, and it doesn't matter how many times I use it, I still screw up the operation from time to time, which means it takes twice as long to use. Ugh. Hate them.

  4. Oh my gosh, we had an old manual elevator like this at the mall I worked at. It is a TOTAL pain in the butt to work with. When that stuff doesn't line up and it won't move, makes me crazy

  5. I would have major anxiety getting in that thing!

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