The reason I wrote about taking the stairs at work is that every day my team mate takes the stairs 30 seconds after me. It is awkward. The other way, besides staying fit, that I convince myself to take the stairs is that I can write or read or shop for cloth diapers while I do it. So I take the stairs very slowly and my team mate overtakes me. And then are we supposed to talk? Is he supposed to continue to overtake me and head on up? So now I wait by the bathrooms until he passes. And then I take the stairs.