I work daily at expanding my golden horizons. Each day my training broadens my possibilities of one day perhaps being a therapy dog…so I’m riding elevators now. Elevators are just a fact of life that I will need to understand as my world broadens. Gotta not be thrown by those doors that seemingly suddenly open sideways…acclimate to the up & down feeling in my dog gut when the box stops or takes off going up…gotta walk into that box and sit down…give peeps their space…move to the back…you know all of the etiquette of elevator riding. Next time you ride one…look for this name OTIS. I noticed that OTIS is always in those boxes. Here’s why.
In 1853, the inventor Elisha Otis demonstrated his stellar emergency spring that allowed a platform to stop and suspend itself. That day people who attended P.T. Barnum’s Traveling World’s Fair in New York, gasped with disbelief when Elisha stood on a platform raised 40 feet in the air…and with his swift sword slashed the rope that held him & the platform mid-air. The platform dropped only a foot and stopped… And that my friends was the beginning of Otis Elevator Co. that lead to safe elevators and the construction of those “skyscrapers” we all admire.
Just a little info nugget for ya…let’s go ride some elevators. Pick up those paws!