The Squeaky Elevator

The elevator door in our apartment in Lisbon made a most curious sound. Here’s a short video of a ride in it: at the beginning Oliver does his impression of the sound; at the end, you hear the sound (when the door is opening) itself.


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oliver on April 12, 2007 - 19:41 Permalink

I wonder is there’s something about doors that especially tempt mimicry. I remember some TV skit spoof on Star Trek where sliding doors open “psshhhtt,” the protagonist enters and notices two guys kneeling on either side of him ready to make the “psshhhtt” sound again for the doors as they close behind him. I bet a lot of people do it, or think about it. I used to do it for the BART “turnstiles” (more like star trek doors than turnstiles). Oh, oh! And remember the Sesame Street alien who tries to talk with a telephone! Mmm. Not quite a door…and yet still a sort of portal technology. I also liked to hum the sound of Montreal subway trains as they pull away from the platform (three notes a little like Mozart’s “Space Odyssey” intro or like the horn theme of the Olympics on ABC). Anyway, at least one Oliver is clearly certifiably insane.

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Olle Jonsson on April 17, 2007 - 08:54 Permalink

The Oliver R. show. Great stuff.

Walking, talking, questioning journalism in a energetic package: “What — is this? Lights.”