I am in love with these beautifully designed tranSglass by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden. Who would have thought that they're actually made from recycled wine bottles? Part of the Design w/ Conscience products from Artecnica.
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While riding the elevator at work today, it stopped on one of the floors on its way down. As the doors slowly opened, a scruffy-faced, cap-wearing guy let out a hefty and unabashed burp. I usually look down while being in confined spaces just to avoid eye contact and any forced conversations, but when I heard the unexpectedly loud belch, I couldn't help but look up. And while doing so, I probably scared him with my "what the hell just happened? okay....awkward..." face. He went into confused and flustered mode as he stuck his head inside the elevator and back out again, then decided not to use it (something about needing to go up instead of down), and left me to finish off the ride alone. In my mind I was a bit relieved. I mean, can you imagine what the conversation would have been like if he did end up using it? It would probably go something like this:
Me: Looks down at the carpeted floor while trying hard to hide the grin on my face
Burpy: "So...uh, you heard all that, huh?"
Me: Looks up with a slight grin and head nod
Burpy: "Yeah, my timing couldn't have been more perfect."
Me: "Heh." Waits for him to say "Excuse me."
Burpy: "See ya around!" Walks out of elevator with his dolly right behind him
Me: Smiles and waits until he's almost out of the lobby to avoid walking out of the building doors together, all the while thinking "I hope not."
Yeah, I do not do well with small talk and awkward situations.