We were scheduled to present at the MACUL Conference early in the day, so I set my alarm to go off before sunrise. Once I was completely ready to go, I took some time to look out the hotel window across the Detroit River toward Windsor, Canada. I notice a few lights were already illuminating some offices in the tower to the right. Clearly, some people were getting an early start on their day. And then one of the lights moved, and I realized that it was one of the tower's exterior elevators. As I watched the lights move up and down, several questions came to mind. So I took some video to share the experience with you. (I apologize for the quality.)
- On average, how fast is the elevator going as it descends?
- Is the rate of speed, as the elevator descends, fairly constant?
- Does the elevator travel slower going up?
- How long would a trip to the top of the tower take?
At one point, there was a break in the action, and I noticed that the elevator cars stayed at their last location instead of going back to the ground floor. When they were called, it wasn't evident to me what determined which car answered which call.
- If I was on the ground floor, what would be the average amount of time I would have to wait for a car to respond to my call?
- What are the chances that a car would be waiting for me if I was on the ground floor? On some other floor?