Stairway to… HELL!

“Hey Jenny – the department is trying to pull together a team of people to do the Hustle Up the Hancock thing. You in? It’ll be fun!”
“Mmm… isn’t that when we walk up 94 flights of stairs to the top of the Hancock Building?”
“Yeah – I did it last year in 14 minutes – it was so much fun! I couldn’t feel my knees around the 60th floor, but after that, I just kind of zoned out.”
“Hmm. Well let’s see – we had a fire drill on Monday, and my calves are still killing me from walking down 20 flights of stairs. Something tells me my baboon heart would explode somewhere around the 11th floor.”
“Oh, come on! It’ll be fun!”
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

15 Responses to “Stairway to… HELL!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Dear Jenny,
    That sounds like a giant fire hazzard!

  2. StationeryQueen Says:

    My mom asked me in New York if I wanted to climb the 500 steps to the top of the Statue of Liberty. I said no, that I didn’t need to see her from the inside out.
    That’s just way too much work… for ANY reason.
    And that’s why elevators were invented. No elevatore = I don’t do it. :)

  3. shari Says:

    One woman’s fun is another’s torment. But if it’s like my old office, I’d take any excuse, even a “Hancock Hustle”, to get out of it.
    P.S. I love the “incontheivable” reference.

  4. Number4of5 Says:

    If given the choice of running up 94 flights of stairs or being eaten by snakes, I would pick the snakes.
    14 minutes? Who are these people that you work with?

  5. Dan Says:

    It’s like you work with a cheery version of The Others from “Lost.”

  6. Rich Says:

    I thought that was a princess bride refernce.
    It sounds like a challange I’d almost like to try alone, without the monster audience to see me collapse into a pile of goo should I fail to survive.

  7. Randa Says:

    I hesitate to enter my thoughts in this comment stream for fear of being turned upon violently…but that actually sounds like a fantastic challenge. Think of the awesome thigh and butt development opportunity!
    (and now I will retreat back to the Fanatics corner)

  8. Jenny Says:

    Okay, everybody just calm down, all right? Look – Randa’s from Canada and they have different customs there. They’re on the metric system, so 94 flights is really like 7.39 flights. She didn’t know… just leave her alone, will you?!?
    Randa – you might want to unlist your phone number, just in case.

  9. Sarah Says:

    Just thinking about it makes me want to throw myself down 94 for flights of stairs. Props to you for being asked though, you can bet your ass no acquaintence of mine would ever in a million years ask me to participate in such an event.

  10. TCho Says:

    Awww…come on. Feel the burn! ;-)

  11. Roy Says:

    I can see, maybe, something like a “summer solstice Hancock building shadow stroll,” where participants walk the length of the building’s shadow at high noon of the day of the summer solstice. Always being sure to stay in the shade, of course. You could have “stations” set up with treats and stuff. That’d be awesome. Sign me up.

  12. Jenny Says:

    S: Well… what I edited out were the intermittent bursts of laughter as my buff co-workers glanced down at my squishy body.
    T: Oh, I feel the burn all right. But nothing a little Pepcid AC can’t fix.
    R: Welcome to the team, Roy. I can see that you’re an ideas man, and I like that. I’m putting you up for a promotion immediately – your first big assignment will be to shut down that Fitness Center and replace it with an ice cream parlor. Go, man!

  13. Nina Says:

    Tell them it’s not good for the knees. Or that you are starting a protest march in reverse, down the stairs, at the same time, and are collecting signatures for a team.

  14. shari Says:

    Ooooohh Nina — BRILLIANT! Sign me up!!

  15. asia Says:

    DoitDoitDoit! and like I say, always carry a dictionary. cant make progress if we dont share meaning. I think she is fun about the def of fun.