This is my current part-time job.
It sure has some ups and downs 😛
I sort of stumbled on to it. Although, we do have some friends here in Seattle that have both worked at the Needle – so maybe it was planted in the back of my mind. W and I also live very close to the Space Needle. Now I ride the elevators for some of my week.
I am still very new, so I am not super polished at hemorrhaging Space Needle information at the tourists yet..but I can fall back on my Australian accent. Or you know…lie shamelessly. (Did you know I bought my pet koala Caramello with me? He lives at the top!)
I have discovered a few interesting things in the last few days…
- Kids LOVE elevator buttons and sticking their little digits in the cracks of the doors.
- Some people will take me seriously if I insinuate there is a button that shoots us out the top.
- People that let rip a silent but deadly on a 40 odd second elevator trip are not cool.
- There is always at least one person petrified of heights in the lift and they always end up at the front near the windows somehow…
- I look pretty pimpin’ in a vest…just saying ;
Fast facts about the Space Needle:
- It is 184 meters or 605 feet tall.
- The elevators cruise up at roughly 16 kms or 10 miles an hour.
- On a hot day the Space Needle expands about one inch.
- There are 25 lightning rods (24 actual rods plus the tower) on the roof of the Needle to withstand lightning strikes.
- The original nickname of the Space Needle was “The Space Cage.” The original name of the restaurant was “Eye of the Needle.”
- Construction time was 407 days
This job should be fun enough while I sort myself out this year. If only I could study muscle anatomy and repeat that information to tourists over and over!