i have a job these days.
at the job is an elevator.
it is a very slow elevator.
you need a calendar to time its ascent to the top fifth floor.
i need to get to the fifth.
i don’t know what is going on the floors in between but it apparently requires women only.
perhaps it is where daughters of the revolution meet, or possibly the staff of more magazine, or maybe both.
it doesn’t matter.
what does matter is that at 8:30 a.m. they gather to board the elevator.
millions of ‘em.
i was taught to allow women to enter the elevator first.
hence the dilemma.
after four truckloads of waiting, i take the stairs—probably good for me but bad on the tardiness card.
so i’m asking, is it every man/woman for himself/herself or is gallantry still the way to go?
i need an answer and i need it quick because my job performance review hangs in the balance.