Sunday, February 13, 2005

What Do You Do on An Elevator?

I really enjoyed Dirk Knemeyer's post on The Elevator Experience.

I recently left a job where I did have to ride on elevators everyday, where I had to sit in rush hour traffic, and where I paid for parking.

Now I work in a small town which is busier on weekends than it is during the working week. I'm not sure if there are any buildings in town that have an elevator. parking is free, and there seems to always be a spot to park in near work.

I've been hit with a bit of culture shock over the change. But I'm enjoying it. The little differences are magnified as I'm getting used to the change.

I suspect that I'm not alone. It's getting easier to work with others located around the globe without having to do it from a metropolis.

Don't miss those elevator rides, either.


Larry said...


Sounds like you went from Urban, straight past Suburban to Rural ! Rich Karlgaard of Forbes Magazine has been writing about this phenonenon for some time. He even did a book called Life 2.0 about people now having the ability to work from anywhere. I have a copy, you might like it.

William Slawski said...

Hi Alan,

The streets are filled with antique shops and eateries. There's a very large building that acts as a supermarket and a shipbuilding and drydocking center. I haven't seen a taxi, a pedestrian crossing signal, or until today, a police car.

It's a small American town, with a long history and no need to grow up in a hurry. Progress is measured in how happy the residents of town are, and not how tall the buildings are growing.

Nothing wrong with that.

I might have to take you up on the offer of the book. But, I have to go through some of the rest of my reading list, first. Too many good ones sitting there in line, waiting their turns.

Larry said...

I can at least take the time to look up an excerpt. The book is really right up your alley (so to speak).

William Slawski said...

Thanks for the look at the book. :)

bizdriven said...

No, don't miss it at all.

ON ocassions I have to go to the big city, but I guess small city is nicer and better ambience, and will have a better quality of life.

maybe it is the tribute to technology that we don't have to live in a big city to make ourselves matter.

William Slawski said...

Exactly, Wilson.

I think that you are right.

Technology is making a difference, and there is less of a need to conduct business in a big city.

We're able to hold conversations from halfway across the planet without having to travel on subways, trains, planes, or elevators to get to offices to do it.

The expense a business may have had to spend in being located in a center of a critical mass of people can now be spent on making the business grow, and on the people who make that happen.

The decentralization of business is a step towards increasing the quality of life for many.

It's good to see it, and great to experience it firsthand.