Writing Can Be Murder

October 28, 2009

Would you get in the elevator?

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 9:28 pm

So there’s this guy in my bldg I call the Crazy Russian (to be fair, I call his entire family the Crazy Russians). He spends an inordinate amount of time in his bathrobe…come to think of it, so does his wife (in her bathrobe, not his…that would be a whole other story).

I’ve never seen anyone else in my building in their nightclothes, but I see them with some regularity.

So I go down to get the mail and there’s the Crazy Russian in the lobby in his bathrobe. I silently curse the woman who insisted blinds cover the glass door to the garage, because now I never know who’s lurking in the lobby.

He’s picking up a delivery a box, flashing a little too much skin for my comfort level and his dog is stuck in bathrobe (it’s some little yappy thing that doesn’t like anyone born in America — the CR told me that once).

So I do my best to smile politely while I try to decide if the dog’s head (teeth bared) sticking out btwn the folds of fabric reminds me more of a baby or an alien (I decided alien because of the whole teeth thing).

Then the CR holds the elevator for me and seemed inordinately displeased when I said I’d take the stairs (I’d taken the stairs down, and I’ve run into him any number of times in the stairwell (usually when he’s in his bathrobe) so it’s not like I never take them.) He seemed to guess that I didn’t want to get in the elevator with him.

So here’s my question: Would you get in the elevator with a half-dressed Crazy Russian with his American-hating dog just to be polite?



  1. I don’t like to get in elevators with anyone, to be honest. But I hate climbing stairs too…it would have been a major dilemma for me. [Much worse than leaving a couple of lovely Candadian authors by the side of a busy road.] 😉

    Comment by Jenn — October 29, 2009 @ 12:59 am | Reply

  2. I like dogs so I might have been tempted, better than being arrested for heavy breathing on the stairs.

    Comment by Maggie — October 30, 2009 @ 5:40 am | Reply

  3. Jenn — I’m paranoid about getting into the elevator. I think it’s the suspense writer in me. I ALWAYS suspect there’s someone waiting to attack.

    Comment by love2wryte — October 30, 2009 @ 6:07 am | Reply

  4. Maggie — This dog is like a mini-Cujo. I’m a dog owner/lover, but I don’t like this dog at all.

    Comment by love2wryte — October 30, 2009 @ 6:08 am | Reply

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