Elevator Conversations: The Sound of Silence

I’m standing in an elevator, alone, when a man in a leather coat and dark sunglasses walks in. The door closes behind him.

The man turns his head and stares at me.

Me: Hey, man. How’s it going?
Him: …
Me: …
Me: Hot out today, isn’t it?
Him: …
Me: …
Him: …
Me: You from around here?
Him: …
Me: …
Him: …
Me: …

The door opens. The man laughs derisively and walks out.

Me: Kay … Bye, then.


Elevator Conversations: Prayers in times of strife

Walking into an elevator, I see a co-worker being berated by a senior exec. He tries to defend himself, but there is no defense in times such as these.

When the screaming stops, the co-worker joins me in the elevator. He faces the doors for a moment, then speaks as if delivering a sermon to his boss.

Co-Worker: On this beautiful day of our Lord, I raise not one, but TWO middle fingers in your direction. May they gaze lovingly over you and all that you stand for.

Me: The word of the Lord

Co-Worker: Amen.


Elevator Conversations: Pi Day

I step onto the elevator next to a Sr Manager from the IT department. He’s got two pies in his hand.

Him: Hi, Joe!
Me: Hey … Those look good. You guys having a party or something?
Him: Yeah. It’s Pi day. P..I…Like the math symbol. Get it?
Me: Oh, I get it. The only problem is today is March 12. Pi day is March 14.
Him: No…Pi stands for 3.12159.
Me: …Um…No it doesn’t.
Him: I’m pretty sure it does. Why don’t you go look it up (his tone implying that the next, unspoken word, would have been “idiot.”)
Me:…Okay, then.


Elevator Conversations: Mistaken Identity

Standing on the top floor. Waiting for the elevator. A woman leans over. “I love your work,” she says.

“Excuse me?”

“My kids think you’re hilarious.”


“You’re Will Sasso, the comedian, right?”

“No, m’am. My names’s Joe.”

She smiles, knowingly. “Uh huh.”

“I’m just a programmer!”

“Right. Sure.” She pulls out a piece of paper and a pen, handing it to me.

“Can you sign this for my kids?”

“Uh …. Sure.”

So I signed it “Thanks for your support,” and I put ironic quotation marks around “Joe Shaw”