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July 20th, 2002

Walking on Escalators

I take the train to and from work almost every day, and I encounter escalators on a daily basis. Most are one person wide. A trend I’ve noticed every single day that strikes me as odd is, people walk up escalators.

Escalators, by definition, raise people higher. They are the equivalent of stairs. You’ve seen them – people stand on a platform and are magically… er, mechanically… escalated. It’s like stairs without the work.

And yet, people walk up them. I can understand it when folks are in a hurry, but most times I’ve witnessed this, there is no train at the station. There’s no reason to go faster. It’s simply because people, for some reason, want to get there first. It’s like passing a guy in traffic to reach the next stop light faster.

In one instance, I witnessed an elderly woman get on an escalator. She obviously couldn’t walk very far nor fast. A young businessman got on the escalator after her, and walked down so he was on the step behind her. He then looked around nervously – again, in a hurry – and turned his head around. He rolled his eyes at me as if to say, “Darn this old person! She’s not going fast! Go! Go! Goooooo!”

Two-person wide escalators are a separate instance. I feel they should be treated like the moving sidewalks at airports: stand on one side, walk on another. Of course, if someone needs to take up the whole escalator, that’s fine.

In summary, then, I’m tired of people walking on escalators when there’s no hurry. If you want to walk, take the stairs already. Leave us escalatees alone.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Ben Grimm
DATE: Saturday July 20, 2002 -- 12:07:12 am
Like the moving walkways at airports, escalators are meant to get you there faster if you want. Some of us prefer to take our exercise wherever we can get it, but for people who don't want, that's fine too. It's all good, baby.

FROM: me
DATE: Saturday July 20, 2002 -- 12:48:10 pm
OoO walking up the downs and down the ups. thats my specialty. i guess its people like u that i annoy *smiles*

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday July 20, 2002 -- 12:55:27 pm
Some of us just hate to stop moving our legs.

FROM: mike [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday July 20, 2002 -- 6:12:20 pm
In D.C., those getting out of the metro have escalators and elevators (recommended for the elderly and physically challenged), but no stairs as an option. I'd take stairs if they had them, but since they don't, I walk up the escalators. I don't judge those who don't walk though. As long as they don't stand two-wide chatting it up with a friend, we'll all go about our merry way at our own chosen pace.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday July 22, 2002 -- 10:31:42 am
I walk in the moving walkway at the airport because the swift movement makes me feel like I'm jogging. Psychologically, I get the benefits of having exercised without the extra exertion. Plus, it's more convenient. I don't have to change out of my business suit into gym clothes, and I don't have to shower (and deoderize) afterwards. I'm a calmer, more relaxed and friendlier person for it. Exercise puts my world in equilibrium and I am at peace with the world. The same goes for the escalator. I literally feel as though I've jogged up the stairs! It's great.

If only those confounded stalled old ladies would stop messing up my exercise routine!

FROM: Steve
DATE: Friday January 24, 2003 -- 5:34:25 pm
Funny, I am annoyed at the laziness of people who stand still on escalators and won't get out of the way!

FROM: ted
DATE: Friday June 27, 2003 -- 1:23:29 am
i think u should have put more thought into this website, if u brag on about how u memorized the script, how about putting the script on line for all to c.
apart from that its o.k. rock on.

DATE: Friday June 27, 2003 -- 8:20:39 am
I think a slightly strange and confused person has wandered into the Ping by mistake...

He mysteriously doesn't have a shift key, or the ability to follow on a line of blogged conversation... I think we should all feel sorry for him and wait quietly for the men in white coats to appear...

Going back to the escalator point. I tend to walk on them until I get quite close to someone blocking the system, but then I respect their space and go with the flow until I can start strolling again.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday June 27, 2003 -- 9:24:55 am
I think a slightly strange and confused person has wandered into the Ping by mistake...

It certainly ain't the first time...

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