Wednesday, January 17, 2007

An Open Letter to Escalator Riders

Dear People,

General etiquette dictates that you stand on the right and walk on the left. This is especially true when you and your best-friend-forever (BFF) are in the midst of a soul baring discourse. Believe it or not, its just as easy to stand in front of the person and turn to speak with them as it is to clog the stairs by standing side by side.

Also, entering and exiting on to the escalator should be fairly easily accomplished. You needn’t turn it into a feat akin to Indiana Jones swapping a bag of sand for a golden fertility idol. Don't stand there watching the steps roll by before suddenly taking a leap of faith by stepping forward and breathing a huge sigh of relief that you’ve once again bested the metal monster.

By the same token, when exiting the steps you might want to consider allowing the momentum of the steps to carry you a few paces clear rather than stopping to catch your breath before deciding your next move - oblivious to the fact that you're incurring the wrath of the commuters behind you who have yet to brave the 15 minute wait at Starbucks for their morning caffeine fix.
Thanks.

Your Friend,

Joe

P.S. As Idle and Stepping correctly point out that this also applies to people on the moving walkways in airports.