Elevator riders welcome uplifting TV fare

The country’s political divide became too much recently for workers in a downtown Sacramento, California, office tower, so they asked the management to change the channel on the elevators’ televisions from 24-hour cable news to … well, just about anything else. CBS13 reports that workers at the U.S. Bank Tower on Capitol Mall “expressed an interest in watching something that did not provoke stress or anxiety during their work day,” according to a news release from building management. The TV station spoke with several elevator riders who welcomed the switch. “Yes, it’s a little bit less stressful,” said Sara Lopez, who works in the 25-story building. “It makes the rise a little more enjoyable.”  So at least for now, instead of being brought down by bickering politicians, these elevator riders are tuned in to the more uplifting programming of the National Geographic Channel.


Taking Public-Transit Bashing to the Next Level and … Rats!

San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is notorious for its myriad problems, whether it’s rat infestations (that can involve rats scrambling up or down an escalator like any commuter), people using the escalators as restrooms, or simply out-of-service units. A local website called Muni Diaries describes itself as a “your place to share transit stories.” But it doesn’t stop there: It looks like all the best Muni Diaries stories will be performed live onstage at the Elbo Room on April 15, and there will even be a haiku battle! Tickets are on are sale now. Here is one of my favorite recent pictures from the Muni Diaries site, and above is a rat riding a BART escalator. Like many of us, he doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere.


The BART escalator will apparently reopen when hell freezes over.

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Caitlin Haskins
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