Not Too Shabby
Don and I stay at a lot of quirky, not so ritzy hotels and inns when we travel. We don't need a lot of pampering or high star ratings to lure us. But we got some of those things on this trip and I'm not complaining. Mostly I loved the history of the hotel and the fact that one of my favorite movies, "Some Like It Hot" was filmed here in the 1950's.
But I also was pretty darn excited about riding on that old Otis elevator! A cage like elevator that required an operator! I kept my fingers crossed that the man Lorrie had raved about, might still be working there.
There seemed to be so many people, with so many bags, waiting for the elevator in the lobby. I worried about having to share my ride with other tourists. I convinced Don, we should take a few flights of stairs and catch him on the way down.
Me With Andrew
When the our sweet operator, wearing his brown uniform with cap opened those golden doors on the fourth floor, I could see we had the box to ourselves! Andrew, as his tag clearly read, seemed a bit awkward for someone who must greet strangers 8 hours a day. "We've heard so much about you!" I grinned like a fan. He offered a nervous chuckle and sent our cage rumbling towards the lobby. "Where you from?" He sort of mumbled in a soft monotone. We answered Texas and he responded in the same tone, "Are you A & M Aggies?" We laughed and said no, that our kids had gone to UT. He seemed pleased as he focused his serious gaze at the elevator door and began to quietly sing, UT's "The Eyes of Texas are Upon You". We applauded and he tried to hide his awkward smile as we arrived at the lobby.
To celebrate my birthday in April 2012, I decided to reflect on the past with a different kind of list. I've met a lot of people in my 55 years, but I'm going to stop and remind myself about the strangers I've met. These are people I met by accident, not through friends or work. For some reason, these strangers dropped into my life. Even though we may have only spent a few minutes together, these people have never been forgotten.
Each week, I'll spotlight someone I met in the past, who in some small way, made me stop and think.
Remember 55 Strangers