It's never a good time to get stuck in the elevator.
But today, our building elevator kept me a prisoner while members of the PBS Hawaii's Board of Directors arrived for a meeting.
The elevator, which had been acting up for two months despite some work on it, made a lot of whirring sounds and never left the ground.Fortunately for me, our office manager had some advice to yell to me through the elevator door after making a trouble call.
"Keep pushing the 'open' button," Kathleen said. 'Don't press it continuously, push it repeatedly."
"Are you pushing?" she would holler.
She and another co-worker, Meriel, kindly stood by to keep me company.
After a while, Kathleen's advice worked. The elevator unlocked itself and the door rolled open.
I practically bolted out, chafing to make up for lost time. Meriel was the subject of another elevator stranding and she had a better idea. She practiced tai chi and emerged with a beatific smile.