Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

I hobbled into my office building.  The surgical shoe on my left foot slowed my pace down considerably.  I looked longingly at the staircase as I passed by.  I removed my IPhone from my bag as I pressed the elevator button.  As I waited I scrolled through my emails.


The elevator opened.  I got in and pressed number four. I was on autopilot.  I didn’t look up from my phone.  I just feverishly read and typed.  As the doors were just about to close a man squeezed in.  I barely noticed his existence.  Out of the corner of my eye I think he also pressed a button in the elevator, but I couldn’t be sure. My focus was elsewhere.


The elevator rose and stopped.  The doors opened.  The man got out.  So did I.  Again, my eyes barely glanced away from my phone’s screen. I had to finish answering the email, even though in less than a minute I would be at my desk.


Eyes still on my phone I walked to my office.  As I approached the door I stopped dead in my tracks.  “This isn’t my office” I muttered to myself as I realized I got off the elevator on the wrong floor.


Have you ever been so focused on technology you lost sight of your surroundings or the now?


46 thoughts on “Eyes Wide Shut

  1. Sorry to hear you are not quite ‘fleet of foot’ at present. I too tend to follow folk out of lifts then wonder where the heck I am, and its not always the technology’s fault.

    Love the little pic of Lucy hiding in the bed, what a sweet little hot water bottle.

    1. RedSetter – this was the first time I ever did this.. I really think it was the phone’s fault 🙂 Lucy is such a cutie pie and I love how you compared her to a hot water bottle because she does make the bed nice and toasty!

  2. I don’t have one of those fancy phones so guess I don’t get lost in the cyber space but sure can understand how it could happen since I do the computer all the time. Happy Memorial day to all of you.

    1. Marg – Happy Memorial Day to you too! I think you are better off without a smart phone. I think the smart phones make us dumb!

      1. there was actually a bit on the Today show this morning that said that smart phones are making us dumber. they talked about the skills we have lost because of them, reading a map, remembering a phone number, etc. apparently the national IQ has gone 10 points every decade for quite some time now..

        1. Connie – wow! I believe that. I used to be great at math. Then I became an accountant and learned how to use an adding machine. As my fingers got faster my brain got slower. Now I can barely add in my head!

  3. That’s pretty funny and I’m sure you’re not the only one to do that! I’m glad you are getting along on you hurt paw though!

    1. Brian – I am sure I am not the only one too.. but, that is even worse… I am doing good with the bum paw – maybe one day I will actually even wear shoes..

  4. Dad did that one before. He told me he was deep into tech from the beginning. We think that was back when the pterodactyls were flying around. Anyhow, he has worked really hard to cut the tech leash. He says it is great to be free. This is a funny story but many have bad accidents from texting or emailing while driving and that is sad.

    1. Timmy – I know.. I get so mad when I see people text and drive… Your dad sounds like me & marc. we got into tech very early and loved it. Now it is just too much. I can’t quite cut the ties like he did, but I would love to…and I have to admit, during hurricane sandy I found it so freeing to not have to worry about tech…

    1. Hannah & Lucy – I don’t blame your mom. I’d walk the stairs over the elevator any time… But with the foot surgery for a while I wasn’t allowed to walk stairs. At home I had to go up and down on my butt and arms..

  5. I have missed floors on elevators, not due to technology (I make it a point to not let my cell phone distract me like that) but I HAVE done it due to having a “fake blonde moment’ which is worse!

    1. Caren – fake blond moment is definitely once… but that is why you should always carry your phone in your hand. that way if you have a ditzy moment at least you have an excuse 😉

  6. I admit, I’m guilty of that and not just once either lol. But that would be mild in comparison to other stuff, for example, leaving the cafeteria in the hospital I was reading my phone and *WHAM* I ran my eye into one of those bag holders they have on a load bearing pillar (not sure what else to call them) in the cafeteria. I ended up with a black eye! The bag holders were pretty high up which I found odd. I’m 5’8″ so you figure it out lol

    1. Nat amused – oh my goodness. that sounds exactly like something I would do… I am famous for walking into walls and tripping over my own feet..

  7. I haven’t personally, but my mom does things like that all the time. She’ll be texting and fall off the curb or run into people. We are just a wee bit too hooked on our phones. 🙂

    1. Mrs. Gamgee – falling off the curb – yep – sounds like me. I once almost feel off the boardwalk because I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going..

  8. Oops! I’ll admit I’ve gotten in the elevator before, and forgotten to push the floor button. I only realized what was going on when the elevator didn’t move at all.

    1. Meowmeowmans – OMG – that happens to me all the time. It is like I expect the elevator to read my mind or something…

  9. That’s got to be the worst feeling ever! I’ve recently become AWARE of my technology addiction and have been doing everything in my power to be actively present in the moment. I would have twitter in one hand, and facebook in the other just tweeting and posting about things that were happening in front of my eyes, but i’d never have the visual memories or experiences. lol I’ve deleted most of my social media and it’s so crazy to see how tech-junky’d everyone else around me is!! Hope you make it to the right office next time!

    -Jenn, from ICLW

    1. Jenn – I really admire you. Somedays I want to do the same but I am not quite ready yet. I am trying to limit my usage – and some days it is easy, but others…. Oh man…

  10. Awww what happened to your foot!? Oh dear!! Hope you are ok and be careful when texting and walking simultaneously! LOL! Take care

    1. Old Kitty – i know.. I shouldn’t multi-task this way! I had surgery to repair a toe i broke about 15 years ago that didn’t heal properly. I have been in a lot of pain ever since – hopefully now, once this fully heals I will be on the mend!

  11. Oh that’s funny! I’ve done something like that too – only you have a better excuse being distracted by your phone whereas I was simply lost in my own thoughts. 😉

  12. LOL oh my goodness. I am glad to say that, no – I am not quite that attached to my iphone just yet. I can trip over my own feet at the best of times without texting and walking. best not to tempt fate. haha

    1. Rorybore – yeah, I fall over my feet too. I try to hold my phone at all times so at least I have sort of an excuse…

  13. Oh, hopefully you won’t be in the shoe boot too long those are no fun. Unfortunately, I have hopped out of the elevator with someone just not paying attention as to what floor it landed on and I can’t blame it on my phone 🙂

    1. Lucy – well, I feel better now. At least I had my phone as an excuse 🙂 I am out of the boot now, but still can’t wear a real shoe… sigh

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