ECNY Supplier Showcase Fun: Hand-Rolled Cigars and Some Very Happy Suppliers

Your author just got back from yet-another wonderful edition of the Elevator Conference of New York’s (ECNY) Supplier Showcase at the lovely Villa Barone Manor in the Bronx. Bobby “Bobby Dee” Defrancesco of Benfield Electric Supply conceived the showcase several decades ago and it’s been going strong, and getting stronger, ever since. There are well over 100 suppliers, thousands of attendees and a significant waiting list of suppliers — not only US-based, but from all over the world.

Silvain Mongrain of Mongrain Vertical Transport always hands out hand-rolled cigars at the showcase, but this year (as he has done on occasion) he offered something very special: cigars being rolled live in person by a professional. Everyone was in high spirits throughout the event, as evidenced by the below picture of the Peelle team.

Cat Caper in the Underground

A red circle highlights the tiny kittens after they were discovered underneath an escalator unit at London’s Moorgate station; photo from the Daily Mail.

A lost mother cat found a hideaway she thought would be a safe place to give birth but, according to the Daily Mail, workers at a London underground station who found the mom and her new litter had to act fast to get them out of harm’s way. It seems mama made her “birthing suite” underneath a new escalator unit that was only hours away from a test run.

Mother and kittens, reunited; image courtesy of RSPCA via the Daily Mail

The unit is in the Moorgate station, one of London’s busiest tube stations, which has been undergoing a renovation and expansion to service the Crossrail Elizabeth Line. The workers got in touch with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), and animal welfare officer Siobhan Trinnaman responded to the scene. When she arrived, she found the four kittens in the escalator pit, but the mom was nowhere to be seen. “It’s very dangerous for cats, as it’s where the mechanism is to run the escalator,” said Trinnaman. With the escalator test scheduled for 6 p.m. that evening, Trinnaman had to act fast.

“They (the workers) were very concerned that if [the cats] remained there and the escalator was running, they would be injured or killed,” said Trinnaman. “I found the four tiny kittens and moved them to safety before setting a trap for the mum.” After a few hours, the mother was captured and reunited with her babies at the RSPCA’s local facility. The kittens, one girl and three boys, have been named after Tube stations. They are called Bow, Colin, Dale and Earl, after Bow Road, Collindale and Earl’s Court. The staff called the mom “Elizabeth,” after the Elizabeth line. They are trying to locate the owner, because the cat was wearing a collar, though she had no microchip.

Watch a video of the feline foundlings, courtesy of the Daily Mail.

Riot Grrrl? Zoot Suit Riot? California Removes “Riot” Buttons That Freaked Out, Bewildered Elevator Passengers

They were there, then “poof!” They were gone. I’m talking about elevator buttons above the regular floor buttons spelling out the word “RIOT” in all caps in a government building in downtown Sacramento, California. The buttons left building occupants, many of them state employees, baffled and “freaked out,” according to one worker, CBS local news was among news outlets to report. The buttons have since been covered up by round, blue stickers, and a state spokesperson says installing the RIOT buttons was an “error in judgement.” Intended to indicate an emergency scenario, such as a riot, the buttons will be replaced this week with regular, illuminated buttons that have no words.

Despite potentially serious connotations, the word “riot” is a fun one, bringing to my mind, at least, several bands, including this, this and this.

I would love to know what company manufactured the “RIOT”

What the?? RIOT button in the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Building; photo from CBS News

buttons, and, better yet, have one as a collector’s item. If anyone knows, please get in touch with me at kaija@elevatorworld.com!

A documentary about the Riot Grrrl movement; image from YouTube