[M.M.X.I.V. 67] Elevators

“Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down?  Oh no! Let’s go! Let’s go crazy!”

Apologies to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, but when I saw the Daily Post prompt, I just had to use that line, and also write about the elevators.  They’ve been a source of childish impulse for me… and I just wanted to write some things about the significance that elevators have played for me, especially involving the Embassy Suites.

When I was young, it was always fun to go on vacation.  I lived in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and our vacation spots were such “exotic” places as Des Moines, Omaha, Lincoln, and Milwaukee.  One summer weekend, we went to Adventureland on the east side of Des Moines, and stayed at the Embassy Suites downtown on the river, catty-corner from the Channel 8 studio (which I think has moved since then).

In Embassy Suites hotels, there are lush atria with plenty of tables, lights, and greenery, with skylight coming in from above.  From the atrium, you can see balconies of all of the floors.  (Thankfully, each floor has a guard rail to prevent the accidental walking off into the atrium from above.)  In this particular Suites, there were four elevators, one on each corner of the atrium.

These elevators are glass elevators, which means that you can see the atrium as you ascend.  As a seven or eight-year old Aspie, this was fascinating to me, and led me to the exhilarating conclusion that I would go up and down the elevator from top to bottom repeatedly.  Mom and Dad allowed this a few times, and that became one of my favorite things about the hotel.  The spacious guest rooms and complimentary, expansive breakfast didn’t hurt either!

My next time in an Embassy Suites was in 1998, for my first family vacation to a non-family destination!  It was for Dad’s AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) conference in Chicago.  From the entrance, there was a grand staircase that led up to the atrium, which again had the view of the sky, the red flowery carpet, the tables, the plants, and the glass elevators.  This time, the elevators were all in one spot.

But, another fascinating thing about me to the elevators: Sometimes they would “ding” once upon arrival at a floor, sometimes the “ding” would resound twice.  Always looking for patterns, I was not able to deduce it at the time, but many years later when I moved to Chicago, I figured it out.  One “ding” corresponded to  one flash of the white top circle or up arrow.  Two “dings” corresponded to two flashes of the red bottom circle or down arrow.

Although I have some other elevator stories, they’re not really related to impulse, so I’ll save those for another day.


Today is the sixty-seventh day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes nine weeks and four days.

This post was a response to yesterday’s Daily Post prompt:

Sometimes, we act on impulse: it could be something as small as ordering that special dessert on the menu, maybe asking out that cute boy or girl, or as large quitting your job and selling everything you own to become a shepherd in New Zealand. What’s the most crazy, outrageously impulsive thing you’ve ever done? If you’ve never succumbed to temptation, dream a little. If you gave yourself permission to go a little crazy, what would you do?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us IMPULSE.

I must admit that this is not the most outrageous thing that I have ever done, but the title of the post stood out more than the superlatives in the prompt.

Here are some other responses to this post.

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  8. the city is an | y
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  12. DP Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Sabethville
  13. Caramel Filled Chocolates | Miss Spicy Hat N’ Sugar Socks
  14. Wild Woman: let’s go crazy! | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  15. Let’s go with this. I suck at being impulsive. | thoughtsofrkh
  16. One Crazy Mom » Things I’m Crazy For
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  19. Time for some Kitchen Dancing! | MamaMickTerry
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  22. Venturing Beyond the Comfort Zone | snapshotsofawanderingheart
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  24. IMPULSE | dandelionsinwind
  25. Excavating… | Haiku By Ku
  26. Women’s days and craziness | Sue’s Trifles
  27. “Let’s Go Crazy” | Relax
  28. comfort in my crazy | peacefulblessedstar
  29. “Sleep on it” | Hope* the happy hugger
  30. Daily Prompot: Let’s go crazy – African Style | The Pink Cucumber
  31. Dream Job | Why is there bread in my Kool-Aid?
  32. The Drive | Kate Murray
  33. Crazy Train? No, Crazy Bike | Cancer Isn’t Pink
  34. What Do You See? The Forest or the Trees? | meanderedwanderings
  35. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Awl and Scribe
  36. Walking Over There | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  37. Welcome to the Machine | Rob’s Surf Report
  38. Bad idea | A picture is worth 1000 words
  39. spur | A beetle with earrings
  40. What Have I Done? | Flowers and Breezes
  41. let’s go crazy | klstar2000
  42. “Is that Girl WALKING?” – Daily Prompt | Bits & Pieces
  43. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy, 07.03.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
  44. Fallen fancy | shame
  45. no direction home, a complete unknown | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  46. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  47. Daily Prompt: Being Impulsive! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  48. I Dropped Out of Grad School To Become a Missionary
  49. Time for a little daydream.. | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  50. Impulse | The Land Slide Photography
  51. Taming Kittens | Real Life Co.
  52. Out of My Mind….(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  53. Stark Raving Love | Black Ink Pink Desk
  54. Losing Money on an Impulse | A mom’s blog
  55. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Really Random Musings
  56. Think Before You… Oh Wait, Too Late. | meg lago
  57. Growing up a nomad, I always had a “go” bag ready for spontaneity, and possible (yet fashionable) zombie apocalypse « psychologistmimi
  58. I Broke The Projector…SSShhh Don’t Tell Anyone! | Life Confusions
  59. Reflecting on my Magic Kingdom Internship | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  60. Meanwhile, on a Mountain Top… | Green Embers
  61. I’m # 1 (or What happens when you like your own WP Post) | Altared Egos
  62. The Road Calls | Random Words
  63. Impulse – The Daily Prompt
  64. Is it crazy to go against society’s expectations? | A New Life Wandering
  65. Hawaiian Paradise | Jaspa’s Journal
  66. One Decision that Changed My Life Course | Schizo Incognito
  67. Musings: A Little Crazy… | Mirth and Motivation
  68. Gone Sailing
  69. Impulse Control: The Price of Not Following my Own Advice | Bullshit-Free Zone
  70. Going too crazy! | Trucker Turning Write
  71. What Not to Confess to the Person You’ve Been Dating For 3.5 Weeks | Kosher Adobo
  72. Let’s Go Crazy – Ramblings from the Swamp
  73. Daily Prompt: impulse | That Montreal Girl
  74. Stories From My Mind
  75. Slow-Burning Impulse | Serial Distractions
  76. Shepherding in Europe | tuckedintoacorner
  77. The Things We Do At Conferences…. | RePrEsSeD ExPrEsSiOnS
  78. Quite possibly the craziest thing I’ve ever done! | browney237’s Blog
  79. Crazy for Thinking I Could Change Him
  80. Impulse Souveniring | djgarcia94
  81. Impulse. Maybe. ~ Daily Prompt | joannebest
  82. Crazy trips | Life is great
  83. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy – “Dance & Band” | A Midnight Blog
  84. A lesser-known hamster habit (Daily Prompt: “Let’s Go Crazy, Show Us Impulse”) | Photo0pal Photography
  85. Daily Prompt: Impulse | Lady K’s Lounge
  86. Keeps On Giving | Wiley’s Wisdom
  87. The Blog Farm | Musings: A Little Crazy…
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  89. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Basically Beyond Basic
  90. Daily Prompt: Let’s Go Crazy | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  91. Acting on impulse | Willow’s Corner
  92. Tradesmen’s Crossing | aliabbasali
  93. The way out, the waterway | Le Drake Noir
  94. If I could be anywhere | Fonts and Frosting

8 thoughts on “[M.M.X.I.V. 67] Elevators

  1. The childish part of us is the one that attracts the adults most. I can picture you going up and down the elevator, you felt awesome and your parents loved watching you having one.


    • Indeed. We all have a childish impulse, regardless of how old we are. As an Aspie, I think that I have even more of those, for better or for worse.

      Thanks for reading!


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