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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Surviving Russia Rule #1: Whenever possible, TAKE THE STAIRS!!!

An email I received from my husband, entitled “Trapped in an Elevator”:

Stori-

What happens when you squeeze 6 people (approx. 500 kg) into a Russian elevator with capacity of 400 kg? Guess what…there is no safety factor in this design….

You wind up trapped in the elevator, at the bottom of the elevator shaft, after a slow fall ending with a loud bang!

No posted capacity inside the elevator…

No alarm letting you know you’ve overloaded the elevator…

No automatic breaks…

No emergency telephone in the elevator…

No removable ceiling panel emergency escape (not even Steven Seagal could have gotten out of this tin can)…

Doors lock shut…

No A/C or even ventilation…

No cell phone coverage at the bottom of an elevator shaft…

Emergency button sounds more like a Morse code buzzer than an alarm…

What do you do? Yell until the Babushka 2 floors up hears you!

About 45 minutes into the ordeal, we channeled our inner MacGyver, and were able to pry the doors open far enough to wedge a piece of your Tupperware (sorry!) in the inner (elevator) door, and wedge the Tupperware lid in the outer door to get a little much needed ventilation.

Thank goodness we had at least one Russian speaker in the group that could communicate with the Babushka trying to help! After about an hour we were eventually rescued (though very sweaty and stinky), and with an great story to tell.

Another great party at Kevin’s, this one ending with a bang. Fun times in Novo!

Wish you were here, but glad you weren’t here last night! Love you!

P.S. Gotta love the (not part of Nick's company) guys starting to panic while Brad and I try to keep the mood light!

*****I decided to post the accompanying video. Disclaimer: The man using profanity is not my husband or anyone who works for his company! Nick is the goofy guy trying to narrate. As you can imagine… things were a little tense!

1 comment:

  1. Ok. I am so glad he's out but I laughed outloud and read this to Sean!! Great story!

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