Even when we are still on the snowy highway I can see the city skyline, smaller buildings dominated by huge towers like the IDS. I can hear in my head, the busy streets and avenues. As we get closer I imagine the office, with its buzzing noise and its copying machines spurring out endless sheets of paper. Now we are getting off the highway driving into the heart of Minneapolis.
When we get to the condo I jump out eager to get to my destination. I run out of the underground parking lot and I am met by a winter wonderland. The snow glistens off the glass of the enormous buildings. Then dad comes out. We start walking down the newly snow blown street toward the office. A couple of times I almost slip and land on the hard, white road.
Finally we get to his building and walk in. I press the button to call the elevator, and it swiftly slides down its endless coils of steel. As we walk into the elevator I look into the crack between the building and elevator and see a dark and forbidding place. I shiver, thinking of what lived down there. Then the doors close and we are zooming upward toward the sky. We get out at the 9th floor and I rush to his office.
While I wait impatiently for dad to come and unlock the door, I see how fast I can run back and forth along the cluttered, narrow hallway. Finally he ambles along and unlocks the sturdy wooden door. The inside of the cramped office is just how I remember it with papers all over the desk and disks everywhere. But something has changed, and it takes me a few seconds to figure it out. Finally, I realize the monkey picture that hung on the wall facing the door is gone! A smooth picture of a U.F.O. landing on a trailer now adorned the wall.
As my dad starts his work I stare out the sparkling window and watch the traffic zoom by below. The sun is just coming up over the building tops and it is reflecting by the snow onto the street. Each car is bathed in sunlight as it passes the snow heap, then disappears into shadows. I can also see the skyway, with its people busily walking across.