Monday, June 8, 2009

Real Life Survival - Do you take the elevator or do you use the stairs?

Sometimes in life your survival is a matter of the choices you make. Choices are most often made based on your experience. Given a real life scenario, which choice would you make?

The Survival Scenario

You are at a conference for work. The session you were attending lets out 30 minutes early at 4:30 P.M. and you are returning to your room located on the seventh floor of the hotel where you are staying. As you approach the elevators to take you to your room you notice there is a work crew repairing the middle elevator. There is an elevator on the right and one on the left that are still functional. You make an off-hand remark to the guy working on the elevator " It's a good thing that elevators are very dependable. " The repairman remarks " Not this one."

You take the elevator on the right back to your room. After showering and a change of clothes, you decide to go out for a late night snack. Upon your return later that night, you approach the bank of elevators in the lobby and push the up button. The middle elevator doors open.

The Question?

Do you take the elevator or use the stairs?

Was the elevator repair a 5 o'clock rush job?

Which choice would you make?

Staying above the water line!



matthiasj said...

I would take a different elevator or the stairs. If those guys said it wasn't reliable, I wouldn't trust it.

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EverydayPrepper said...

I would reach inside push a button so that elevator would go to another floor then press the elevator button again and wait for another elevator to come down to the lobby. The stairs would also be an option but since he didn't say all the elevators in the building weren't reliable I would probably still trust the others.

riverwalker said...


Wouldn't you consider the elevator to be more reliable since it had just been serviced to make it operable?


riverwalker said...

To: EverydayPrepper

What if the other elevators were busy going up and the middle elevator was the only one that returned to the lobby?


Anonymous said...

On one hand,the technician made a comment about it's unreliability,whether it was a problem unit,or just a smart azz comment.
On the other hand,it had just been maintained and probably got an extra once over,if it was a problem in the past.
Due to the legal nature of the world today,I'd doubt they would have put it into service if there were any doubt's.Most likely,they'd have stayed late for the overtime!
Dean in Az said...

For long term survival considerations, always take the stairs. At the very least, you will know where the stairs are during an emergency - but what is more, you will be in that much better physical shape at all times.

riverwalker said...

To: Dean

You would think the mechanic would know if it is reliable? How well do you know the mechanic?


riverwalker said...


Taking the stairs is a safe option.


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