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A.D.D. & Me Alive & Well in Wackiki

I have never been diagnosed with Attention Deficient Disorder, but ….

Today I drove my car to the Waikiki Shopping Plaza — as usual. I parked on the roof — as usual. I walked to the elevators and punched the down button — as usual. The freight elevator arrived first and I stepped into it – -this was only semi-usual. About 50% of the time I ride the other elevator. Still, upon stepping into the elevator I pushed the ground floor button — as usual.

The elevator stopped on the next floor. I held the doors open (hand over the edge) as a mail carrier and a cart full of packages boarded the elevator.  The doors closed and the elevator took us down to the next floor, where it stopped again.   I held the door while a lady in a wheel-chair boarded.

We all rode the elevator to the ground floor.   The doors opened — this, too is usual. I held the door while the lady maneuvered her wheelchair out.  I held the door while the mail carrier wheeled his cart full of packages out.  I held the door while a mother with an empty stroller and a walking toddler came in.  Then, just as the doors slid shut and the car started to rise, it occurred to me that something very unusual had happened, and  someone hadn’t exited the elevator on the ground floor.


I punched the button for the second floor, got off, and rode the escalator back down. Perhaps I have a heretofore latent desire to be an elevator operator?   Next floor Lost & Found. If there’s an attention span on the shelf, it probably belongs to me.


  1. Oh I get it. The elevator went back up. Can’t say that the light isn’t shining brightly in my head tonight. I must say I have never done that yet and now that you have I hope I never do, cuz I know I wont find my attention span 🙂

  2. ROFL!!!
    I can’t wait to see what ‘ll happen once I get there! Oh boy.
    We might get lost, you know. But we’re gonna have fun!
    Are you sure you want me there?

  3. Jientje’s comin’ to HAWAII??? Ugh! NO FAIR! … I wanna come…

    You know I don’t think you have ADD – I think you have TMAD! Too MUCH Attention Disorder! You pay attention to EVERYTHING!

  4. I agree with Melli, sounds more like distraction disorder as you put all this stuff you soak up into words we can all enjoy…

  5. Getting caught up in the moment of helping other people can never be a disorder. But it can provide a chuckle.

  6. Jientje — this island will never be the same. I can’t wait! And the good thing about it being an island, is if we get “lost”, all we have to do is head toward the ocean and we’ll find ourselves!

    Mumma — trust me, I am not generally that selfless!

    Melli — you’re going to Dr. John’s without me. NO FAIR!

    I pay attention to everything except that which I am supposed to!

    Doug — ha! I knew you’re really a nice guy. You just finally admitted it.

    Alastair — my gift of being able to write about my stupidity does take a bit of the string out of being stupid.

    Cherie — ugh, I laugh a lot!

  7. you know, i’m ashamed to admit it, but it happened i was so absorbed in mulling over one thing or another while going home from work that i forgot to descend on my bus stop. the walk home was considerably longer as a result.

  8. I bet you left your poem on the elevator. One just can’t remember everything. Glad you did remember and got off. Hate to think of you riding up and down forever.

  9. Juliana — it is nice to know I am not the only one prone to distraction!

    Melli — up. Sheesh! I am 6 hours behind you and had company (Thom) this morning. There is an island saying that applies here: Try wait.

    As to Jientje’s visit, I think the only current specific is “autum”.

    Dr. John — while it is true I can’t remember everything, from time to time it seems I don’t remember anything!

  10. Well, you had a good excuse because you were helping people, and had all those poems trying to form in your subconscious. I’ve missed a turn when there was no one else but me in the car and nothing else going on — my mind was just elsewhere. As long as it comes back eventually I figure I’ll be ok. 🙂

  11. We all have these days, I’ve been known to be driving somewhere and at the last second realize my turn is “NOW”. Oops oh well the joys of being me.

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