July 26th, 2006

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Mark's Stories. The secret second floor.

For a couple of years in the mid 1990s, I worked in a luxurious office tower, the Triad Center, in Salt Lake City. I would get in the elevator at the lobby level, and ride up to the 4th floor where our offices were.

One day, just after I got in the elevator and hit the button, one of the building's maintenance workers hurried in. He got out his huge keyring, and stuck a key into the elevator's control panel. I heard a chime, like a floor had been selected, but no new numbers lit up.

The doors closed, the car rose for just a few seconds, and then stopped. The doors opened, and a level I had never seen before appeared before me.

It turns out that this building had a secret level, between the lobby level and the 2nd floor, containing the HVAC controls and the maintenance workshop.