austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

You're bringing me down

I had some time to spend not doing anything particularly productive and used it to go to a mall which I rarely get to. It's just a bit farther away than is really convenient, and now there are Apple Stores closer than it, so there's not a really strong reason to get there unless I happen to be in the area for something else. The nearest mechanic my father trusts is relatively near that, though, so why not go there? I also figured I should get a Chapstick or the equivalent, since I lost mine by the usual route of forgetting to take it out of my pocket before putting the clothes in the laundry, so that once again I had an empty tube of Chapstick and clothes with a vaguely mint waxiness. It turns out the mall's only convenience store had closed, though, so there wasn't anywhere to get Chapstick or the equivalent. That's the sort of realization that makes it hard not to lick your lips.

It was on the second floor as I planned to get back down that I saw a crowd gathered outside the escalator. This wasn't your typical group of people who don't understand how escalators work; it was a group that saw the escalator had stopped, and so they were taking very tentative, careful steps onto it while holding the railing against a sudden start. And as the group of maybe eight people got on the escalator, it started up again, at a nice smooth pace. So I got on myself.

I was about halfway down when the first people of the group ahead of me got off the escalator, and as they got on in short order they were all off when I was about two-thirds of the way down, and the escalator slowed to a complete halt. I had to walk the rest of the way down, and saw later that the escalator was barricaded off for being out of order. Let's let that stand as testament to all the people who claim Americans are getting morbidly obese. It takes a whole eight of us to make an escalator work by gravity alone.

Trivia: The twelfth month of the Babylonian calendar was Adaru. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.

Currently Reading: The Viking Rocket Story, Milton W Rosen.


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