They may have sung “Nearer My God to Thee” when the Titanic was sinking but I hummed it when I left a client’s office at midnight and had to walk through an unlit three-story parking lot to get to my car and kept hearing “sounds”…


I was working with an ad agency, Larkin, Meeder & Schweidel, a spin off from GSD&M, in the late ’80’s and one night I left their office around midnight.  I walked over to a dilapidated parking lot where I had parked on the top floor (three stories).  What I had not thought of that morning (didn’t even realize) was there were no lights and no elevator to get to the third floor.  I started walking up the stairs until I heard sounds and saw lights that comes from lit cigarettes; and, then…coughing.  I backed up and walked up the car ramps to the third floor, giving myself room to run, if I needed to.  Yes, that song came to mind; and I did not realize how terrified I was until I got to my car.  I then said to myself:  “dumb…I should have taken a taxi!”