Friday, November 12, 2010

Totally off topic -- elevators, and one man's experience trapped in one

Up and Then Down tells the story of Nicholas White, thirty-four-year-old production manager at Business Week, and his lost weekend. Interspersed are fascinating (to me, at least) asides about elevators.

I won't give away the ending in this post. I'll put it in the first comment.


Christina Dunigan said...

White was trapped in the elevator for over 40 hours. He sued, settled out of court, and ended up an unemployed emotional cripple.

I wonder if the lawsuit didn't damage him more than his elevator ordeal. He had to prove himself sufficiently damaged to win the suit -- which I think harmed him.

I'm not making light of what he went through. The dehydration alone would have been terribly painful, much less the fear, the despair, the boredom, the hunger.

I'm just wondering if having to assume a victim, rather than survivor, role did him more harm than the actual experience.

Christina Dunigan said...

And I'm not the only person who thinks Nicholas White's lawyers harmed him more than the elevator ordeal did.