Atta Ikede

March 6, 2008

Butts on the Escalator

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 4:24 am

I have to take at least 3 escalators at least twice a day. There are two escalators to get out of the subway up to street level. There is one escalator to get up to my floor at work.

Usually, if the escalator isn’t packed, people will stand on every other step. This makes sense and is a very efficient arrangement — standing on every step gets a bit crowded (especially since most women are carrying so many bags), but waiting for 2 or 3 steps to go by gets a bit weird if there is a steady stream of people trying to go up the escalator.

I don’t know if it’s my height, or the depth of the escalator stairs, or some combination thereof, but I always end up staring at people’s butts when I stand on the escalator. I try to avoid this by standing sideways, or by walking up, but it’s usually a bit busy in the morning which means that even if i’m walking up, i’m walking behind somebody and their foot is on every other step as mine, resulting in me — staring at their butt.

This makes me paranoid that other people are staring at MY butt!

I wonder .. is everybody riding every escalator in the world thinking about butts if he/she isn’t completely zoned out thinking about something else? Becuase the thing is .. when you’re on an escalator, there isn’t anything else to look at, so it’s only natural to look ahead and see/think about the thing in front, which unfortunately is probably a butt. What are they thinking about? Are they all staring at the floor to avoid this awkward situation? All standing sideways? Does every regular escalator rider have this awkwardness? Really. So many questions!



  1. I can’t help but laugh! You are analyzing even taking escalator!! :0

    Comment by picnic buddy — March 10, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

  2. I have never thought of this before… thank you for pointing it out! I do not have this problem as I am taller than you and my eyes are not quite at butt level. It is quite creepy yo think people are probably looking at MY butt… gross!! You know that everyone that has read this is going to think of you and … YOUR BUTT… every time we ride an escalator… well, at least I well ;)

    Comment by Lisa — March 10, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

  3. haha! well, it makes me happy to know that you’re thinking of me, even if it is about my butt!

    Comment by attaikede — March 13, 2008 @ 4:15 am

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