Sunday, October 26, 2008

A TALE OF TWO SUNDAYS ...!

As anyone who has ever watched the classic Ginsu Knife Commercial can tell you, "In Japan, the hand can be used as a knife." But I'll bet you didn't know that at the Tokyo Narita Airport Hilton, the elevator can be used as a Guillotine. The elevator doors at this hotel open and close so quickly that, if you're not careful, you can be seriously injured. Last night alone, I saw a Flight Attendant get her luggage crushed and an elderly couple nearly topple over when the doors caught them by surprise. This morning, it was my turn. I stepped towards the Lobby Elevator seconds after the doors opened but I wasn't fast enough: They slammed shut on my face before I could jump out of the way. There is obviously no sensor to prevent the doors from closing when a guest is standing between them and no rubber padding to soften the inevitable blow. It was like being socked in the jaw. I made my way to the front desk, blood dripping from my mouth. "Your elevator doors just hit me," I said to the front desk manager, angrily, "They only opened for a few seconds and then closed on my head!" At first, he didn't understand me. "Do you see this blood?," I continued, "It's from your elevator." He stammered, but didn't say much. I took him to the scene of the incident and showed him how quickly the doors open and close, then asked him to send some antiseptic upstairs as soon as possible. While it turned out that I only had a split lip -- easily handled with a combination of ice and antiseptic -- I found myself wishing I could start the morning over. So that's exactly what I did. I got on a plane and flew back in time to a Better Sunday morning at 7th and Montana. This time, the tables were turned. Shortly after we finished the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle, Kathy spilled a bottle of water all over the place ...!

8 comments:

Dawn said...

Ouch, Marty!!! They should have comped your room! Sheesh! Glad you got a redo at Starbucks!

be well...

garnett109 said...

America is great

Beth said...

Ouch! Sounds like a Stephen King story waiting to be written....

Mark and Elayne said...

Ahhh there's no place like home...there's no place like home...there's no place like home...

Myra said...

Somedays you just can't win for losing!

Saltydawg said...

Ouch, painfull! I remember being in an elevator in New York, I held the door open for a colleague and the lift speaker announced in a lullaby voice 'the elevator is ajar'
Since when has an elevator been a jar? ;-)

Indigo said...

They should of at the very least given you something off your room. That is dangerous and they should be liable for it. Glad you made it back in one piece. (Hugs)Indigo

Adirondackcountrygal said...

Yes they better fix that before someone gets more than a split lip and some banged up luggage! They will end up with a lawsuit!