Tuesday, October 26, 2021

I am not Jewish, not that there is anything wrong with that

Did ThyssenKrupp think I am Jewish and locked me in the lift deliberately? Or maybe in revenge because we won the war and by us winning the war led to a loss of the company's mega profits in Germany during WWII? Too soon? The company has modernised and now calls itself TK. Schindler and Otis have not seen the need for a name change.

I plea, I am not Jewish and don't lock me in a lift. The above makes as much sense as anti vaccination people make.

TK is replacing our lifts. It is a big project and in the meantime our lifts have been dreadful.

We had a lovely family gathering Sunday, chaotic, loud, trying to constantly monitor children. Mother is going deaf and did not once complain about the noise level of eight adults cross talking and five children. 

I drove on the freeway to ABI Brother's and supplied $80 worth of Red Rooster take away food to the gathering. ABI Brother supplied soft drinks and cakes, and more cakes were brought by Ex Sis in Law. Mother wobbled out to the back garden and threw jelly snakes up into the air which landed on the grass and they were quickly gathered by the kiddies. So hygienic, Mother. Later she threw wrapped lollies into the garden beds and again this went off a treat with her great grand children. Some plants were injured during the gathering process, but none required hospital treatment.

It was a great few hours and we had a lot of fun and good chat.

Hard work though and a simple meal planned at home for the night. R unerringly serves dinner at 7 to the minute. R pointed out I had not taken my 6.30 medication at 6.45. My phone must be on my bed muffled and I did not hear the alert. No, I have left in down in the car. 6.55 I just had time to retrieve it before dinner. The lift behaved oddly and stopped at the 10th floor and would not move. I pressed several buttons but it would not move. I pressed the call button and within ten seconds someone answered. He was very reassuring and said he will attend to it and if you don't hear back from me within five minutes, call me back. Btw, do you have a mobile phone with you. No, I replied. I was going down to the carpark to collect it.

The nice man called back within two minutes. Someone is on their way but they are forty five minutes away. Is there someone I can call for you to tell them what has happened? Yes, call R please and tell him. I struggled for a minute to remember R's phone number, mainly because I was trying to state it using zero rather than O. I sat in the corner of the lift on the floor but that was hurting my shoulder. I folded up a plastic supermarket bag I was returning to the car into a pillow and lay on the floor for half an hour. I hoped to doze off, but I did not. I had to get up again when the intercom person called me back to see if I was ok and how was I doing. Nice.

There were noises of people trying move, or kick lift doors, as the sole working lift for the building I was in was not moving. After about forty five minutes a soft alarm began sounding, then a few minutes later, a louder alarm. Then the lift pressed button panel lights cleared. I could hear boots tramping up the stairs. The lift repair man stopped off at the 10th floor to tell me I would be soon be out. He of course had to walk up 22 flights of stairs to reach the lift motor room. As I thought, it was a simple reset. The lift began to move to the ground floor and I then went straight back to our floor. The phone can wait. I was a bit cold and hungry.

I was traumatised and I need government funded counselling and strong drugs to recover and stop my fear of lifts. 

It was an hour out of my life. It wasn't a great experience but TK was very good and I will send the company a complimentary note about their staff. 

30 comments:

  1. Aaaargh. I don't like enclosed spaces and that would have done my head in. I don't think I trust guvermint (particularly this guvermint) funded anything but strong drugs would have had immense charm.
    I am very glad that you had your family day though - and hope that R's dinner was ruined.

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    1. EC, in spite of fried eggs being in the oven for an hour, they were still runny.

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  2. Your family days always sound like a lot of fun. Your time in the lift however sounds horrendous. 45 mins is 44 minutes too long.

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    1. Marie, it is nice to have good family. We don't have much in the way of friends now. I was just annoyed at being locked in the lift.

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  3. I'm glad you are all right and got out. I thought maybe you were still stuck in it.

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    1. God forbid Strayer. Such things don't trouble me much but a long period certainly would.

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  4. I hope R was suitably concerned by your absence. You actually make more sense than the anti-vaccination twats. But that isn't hard. I await the Current Affair episode on your traumatic experience and pleas for government assistance to deal with the PTSD.

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    1. Caro, my doctor knows how to work the system to my benefit. I will tell him about my PTSD.

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  5. Good grief, what an ordeal. You remained very calm, considering. R not so much I'd say.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, R was probably wondering why I was taking so long, but it would have only been about five minutes before the lift company called him.

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  6. What was wrong with the lift ... did anyone say? Might it happen again?

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    1. Hels, who knows? We are never told. It may well happen again before the lift replacement project is complete.

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  7. Thank goodness it was only an hour, but doesn't an hour seem like forever when you are stuck somewhere and can't get out?
    Hopefully you won't leave your phone in the car ever again.

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    1. River, just that day I read a story about someone who could not enter a restaurant because they left their phone at home with needed vaccination tick. I thought, how can someone forget something as essential as a phone. I did.

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  8. I’d have been a raving loony by the end of the hour, not for being in a small space ( bad enough on its own merits) but being fearful the lift would drop - hurtling to the ground with me in it.
    Glad to hear they treated you well, did you by any chance have a little drop of your birthday pressie after dinner……to calm your nerves

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  9. Not a pleasant experience. Most people would have panicked.

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    1. Cro, what good would have panicking done? Ok, that is unfair about something people can't control.

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  10. Not good at all and even worse or equal - no phone for you but at least help was on the way.
    What a great day you must all have had with together and may there be many more...so much sweeter after a long break of not seeing family.

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    1. Margaret, it really was such a nice time. Misery Moaning Mother was so bright and cheerful with the company and attention, with lots of hugs from her great grands.

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  11. It could have been worse. You could have been locked in an elevator with someone who was an antivax 'twat'. 45 minutes of listening to that nonsense would make your ears bleed.

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    1. Nightmare stuff Debby. "You unvaxxed person stay in that corner and I will stay in my corner".

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  12. Well, that's not an experience I could have taken so calmly. I'd be right there with EC with my head done in and needing strong drugs. More power to you for taking it so well, especially after a long day. Your family gathering sounds like a good time was had by all, including wobbly Mother :)

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    1. Jenny, you don't really have a choice. There is no one there to hear you scream. Wobbly Mother behaved so well and I only received one order to look something up on the internet and buy it for her and she will pay me later.

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  13. May that be a once in a lifetime experience.

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    1. It's the second for me Travel.

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  14. I've been stuck in one of our elevators too, I was fine, had my phone and just waited. However, if it was John, he would have a complete meltdown, he is so claustrophobic.

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    1. Jackie, yes I can understand how awful it would be for some people.

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  15. I would most definitely need strong drugs and therapy, this is one of my worst freakin nightmares!!!

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    1. Fen, the only thing really negative I thought of is what if there is a fire and I am trapped in the lift.

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