15 January, 2008

I KNEW It!

I'm returning back to the hotel room, and I click the "up" elevator button. The left hand elevator is on 7 and headed up. The right hand elevator is at G2 (2 levels below me) and not moving. The brain in the elevator system lets the left hand elevator continue to 8, stop there, unload, and come back down rather than send the right elevator up 2 floors.

I've long suspected the elevator brains were whacked, but due to someone's short-sighted honesty in telling us where the elevators actually are we can see it for a fact. The elevator in my parking garage is at least this stupid. I have watched one elevator door close, hit the button, and ridden the same elevator like 7 hours later when it finally gets back.

What must the programmers of these "convenience" devices be thinking?

9 comments:

Milly said...

What must the programmers of these "convenience" devices be thinking?

This will make Codepoke crazy! Heh!

Kansas Bob said...

Those programmers are making it up until the analyst returns with the requirements :)

salguod said...

What you need is an elevator designed by the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation that can see dimly into the future and know that you'll need it at the lobby in 10 minutes and therefore will be there before you will. :-D

codepoke said...

Well, I'm back in Columbus now, and I get to at least be made crazy by my own elevators. The people at Otis probably fixed the elevators here while I was gone, but I'm sure they'll get the 'new requirement' that Codepoke is back and feeling sane.

But, Salguod, you've got a point. At least I don't ever have to listen to the contented whirr of a Sirius Cybernetics elevator gratefully thanking me, with smugness dripping from its diodes, for the pleasure of serving me.

codepoke said...

(BTW: If you ever really want to draw stares, when someone thanks you for rendering some service say you were delighted. I'm not even trying to be silly. Somewhere in my life I just started saying that, and I'm still unlearning it. People nearly spit-take in public sometimes when I say it.)

Milly said...

When people ask me how I am I say I’m fabulous. They usually stop and smile big at me. I'm using delighted from now on. And while we are there please give your waiter and waitress your attention. We tried a new restaurant the other night and our waiter was telling us about the menu. I was the only one who paid attention to him, I almost laughed when he pointed out that I seemed to be the only one who cared. Good for him busting the others people with me. He was only trying to be nice and do a good job.

Lynne said...

Hmm .. whenever someone thanks me for doing something I usually say, "it was a pleasure." I don't get any reaction at all. :-(
Obviously I need to ramp it up from pleasure to delighted ..

Bill said...

Every once in a while, when we eat out, the waiter says, "My name's Jill and I'll be your server this evening."

And sometimes I respond, "Thanks, Jill. I'm Bill and we'll be your customers for the evening."

My wife looooves that one. ;)

Milly said...

My in-laws introduce themselves and us. They then tell the waiter/waitress about us and themselves. One day while we were about to be seated my husband leaned over and said "Hi we're the K---------we are from Oklahoma this is my wife Milly she has a gay cousin who is in a same sex marriage.” I almost fell over laughing and had trouble keeping it together when they introduced us to the waiter.