Traffic, Elevators, and Other Minor Glitches

Loved this bumper sticker "If anything good can happen, it will."

Loved this bumper sticker
“If anything good can happen, it will.”

We have been traveling the last couple of days and I am happy to report we, spouse, brother, 2 dogs and I arrived safely at our destination, warmer climate and place of relaxation and recreation. We broke from our usual “drive until you get there” mentality (15 hours with no traffic) to stop for an over night break. I did the research ahead of time, found a pet friendly Inn at just about the midway point in our journey.

As it turned out that was the correct decision since south of Atlanta on I-75 for some 50 miles they had installed a “parking lot” but still insisted on calling it an Interstate. Except for what appeared to be a minor accident off the road, we have no idea what brought traffic to a standstill. Nevertheless, as we exited to our hotel, everyone including the dogs complimented me for my fore sight in having anticipated that on a Sunday evening traffic would slow to a crawl just 50 miles from our appointed rest stop.

Thank you, Lord, because I had no clue, I simply wanted to cut the journey into two segments.

Our rooms at the Inn were on the 3rd floor requiring us to take the elevator, which certainly beats climbing 3 flights of stairs, UNLESS one is traveling with someone who suffers from elevator phobia–there is no special phobia name for this. I know because I looked it up:

“Take claustrophobia and agoraphobia (the fear of panicking), add some social anxiety disorder, throw in funky odors and bad music — what do you have? A little slice of hell called elevator phobia. It’s a serious fear that’s rarely discussed, despite periodic stories like the recent one of a freight elevator dropping three floors with a group of construction workers aboard. If elevators elevate your heart rate, here are some expert tips from The Anxiety and Phobia Treatment Center at White Plains Hospital.” (20/20 ABC News, June 9, 2011)

Unfortunately, none of the following tips would work in our situation, but I am including them just in case you are or know someone who panics at the mere thought of taking the elevator:

“20 Useful Tips for Elevator-Phobes

1. Carry a book of crossword puzzles you can take out when you need to.

2. Snap a rubber band on your wrist.

3. Put your keys in your pocket and try to distinguish which is which by feel.

4. Have some coins in your pocket and try to distinguish which is which by feel.

5. Pop some strong mints or sour candy in your mouth.

6. Circle all the five-letter words on a newspaper or magazine page.

7. Put a pebble in your shoe and press your foot down on it.

8. Make lists: ordinary tasks, people to catch up with, life goals, etc.

9. Count the tiles on the floor or ceiling.

10. Go through the alphabet and think of a girl’s name that begins with each letter.

11. Do the same thing with boys’ names.

12. Play a memory game by recalling telephone numbers you call often.

13. Needlepoint or any other type of sewing.

14. Count down from 100.

15. Count down from 100 by threes.

16. Carry a prickly hair curler and squeeze it in your hand.

17. Choose a word and see how many other words you can think of that are related to it.

18. Read. If necessary, take your newspaper, magazine or book and try to read it upside down.

19. Smelling salts.

20. Most importantly, lower your fear by riding an elevator every day!” (20/20 ABC News, June 9, 2011)

Our solution was to drag, haul, lift Max’s resistant but surprisingly strong 18 pounds of terror into the elevator, while one of us held the door open, and suffer with him as he spread his paws out on the tile floor seeking any purchase he could find while the evil elevator transported him up or down.

I admit I do have sympathy for him since I would rather take stairs than an escalator anytime. You cannot imagine the horrors I imagine OR maybe you can. Guess we all have our fears. Age diminishes some of them while increasing others, because I remember when I would leap off a porch and keep running across the yard. I watch my grandchildren do that now. Today I sit down on the porch ledge, and gently rise to walk on the ground

Keep in MIND Scripture says “Fear Not” or some equivalent 365 times…one for every day of a normal year.

Max clings to the elevator floor

Max clings to the elevator floor

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