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Thu, 08/20/2009 - 09:58 by Aido in response to stairs forever

Into the abyyysssss....

Moving up and down the stairs normally is fine, but moving furniture and boxes of books up them is a terror.

OH AND HEY, Steve and Mike are our two new roommates!  I think they'll formally get introduced next week.  But they exist!


I can't even imagine having

Comment by Cheri (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:01

I can't even imagine having to go up and down that many stairs every time you go out.

Oh well, at least you're getting an amazing cardio-work out.

Lots of stairs!

Comment by Ramiel (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:08

Are the turns that narrow? That would be difficult to maneuver stuff around. D:

But once you guys finally get settled, it's all good.


Comment by SarahSongbrd (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:17

You gotta love it. The view is great! The moving not so much. And then when you are finally all moved in, and you never want to do it again, you do a couple dozen grocery trips. And then you decide to move out....



Comment by Kairan (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:20

I'm reminded of Barefoot in the Park. Just the tramping up and down the stairs over and over and OVER again. I couldn't do it, I hate stairs.


And I love the presentation. Glad to see everyone made it to the top. ^^~

"I counted the stoop." I'm

Comment by Linxan (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 11:26

"I counted the stoop."

I'm living in a third-floor walk-up, myself. The worst items were two antique wardrobes and the big, wide-flatscreen, HD CRT television. The washer and dryer weren't so bad, because they could be put on a dolly.

at least the stairwell is

Comment by Spizzy (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:22

at least the stairwell is inside the building. I just live on the third floor (not by choice, by old roommates choice -_-) and I don't care how much safety it makes against burglary I'm not doing anything other than the ground floor if I can help it. I can't lift over half my stuff, I'm not carrying it up three flights of stairs in texas sun and heat ever again. Besides that, being the roof has really shitty ramifications on cooling -_-

Could be worse...

Comment by Virtual Bob (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:33

Max Escher could've been your building's architect.


Comment by Steve (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 13:58

That might have made the move-in a lot easier. Up one flight of sideways stairs and BOOM, fifth floor. Getting down would be tricky, though.

Someone should drop a penny.

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 10:44

Someone should drop a penny.


Comment by Razor (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 11:54

<-is glad she lives in California, where buildings usually aren't very tall (and if they are, they have elevators).

Well I suppose you could save money and give up your gym memberships--just run up and down the stairs a few times a day =)

Your new friend The Stairs

Comment by Lori (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 11:59

Your new friend The Stairs reminds me a little of the movie American Psycho. You know, the part with the chainsaw and the hooker? Yep.

I'm surprised I wasn't there...

Comment by kaitou (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 12:02

Seems like every time I got roped into helping someone move, they were always moving from the top floor of an apartment building to the top floor of another apartment building. :P

The worst was the time we had to screw an Early-American style sofa into the apartment (yep, a full 360-degree rotation about the long axis in order to get it past all the corners and through all the doorways).


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 12:03

Isn't there some law against not having an elevator in 5 story buildings? Like, discrimination against the handicapped or something...

That is true, but only if

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 22:31

That is true, but only if the building was built after the regulation went into place. Probably in the 70's. (architecture student ;P)

Too bad about the TERROR,

Comment by Ming (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 12:08

Too bad about the TERROR, but it makes a great comic. I like how you guys are drawn increasingly enthusiastic/energetic towards the bottom, the reading direction and chronology of events being opposite :D

why didn't you lay down a

Comment by anon (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 12:29

why didn't you lay down a couple of planks of board over the stairs and make ramps? i seems obvious, right?

..hope your moving went okay anyway...

That seems kind of

Comment by EFAF (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 12:31

That seems kind of dangerous...what would keep the ramps from slipping? And either way, you're still carrying things uphill, so I can't imagine it would make a huge difference.


Comment by Jeremy (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 21:10

yeah, its a little dangerous, but on the other hand you don't have to actually lift the stuff, you can just slide it on the ramps. I don't think the other residents of the building would appreciate the ramps however...


Comment by Denis (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 12:30

i know, those stairs are killer. I live in a building whose ground floor starts at -3, then my room number is 3A. all in all, moving my couch was... interesting... i dont look forward to moving the laZboy next week. that MIGHT kill me

A Magic Story about tall buildings

Comment by EFAF (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 12:30

Here is a strange thing that happened to me and related to this: During my move-in to my dorm during Sophomore year, I had made sure I was in the best-placed dorm for my classes. It just so happened that there was only one female room left in the whole building when I signed up, and it was on the 7th floor. So here I am, just arrived with my boxes of books (because I love me my books and can't go anywhere without at least two boxes full) and my makeshift shelf to put them on (because our dorms did not provide nearly enough shelf space) and looking at them wondering how long it would take to get these up by the elevator with everyone else doing the same thing.

Suddenly, a group of about 10 guys come out of nowhere in a rush, ask me what room I'm in, ask me if I'm cool if they carry my stuff, and then just pick all of it up in one go and run off to the stairs with it. I get up there via the elevator and they got there before me and without even being winded. They were magic. Also I'm sure they had already done this many times before because I arrived in the afternoon and they were likely the dorm's voluntary move-in helper crew. I still have no idea how they did it. Personally, I spent the rest of my college career taking the stairs up to my room instead of the elevator in lieu of going to the gym. (oh gods long comment)

Ha ha, gotta love random help!

Comment by Sam (not verified) Mon, 08/31/2009 - 20:34

Something similar happened to me when I moved in to my dorm a few days. Granted, i'm only on the 2nd floor of a 3 floor residence hall, but still. While getting stuff out of the car and figuring how many trips it would take, a bunch of helper people come and ask what they could take. I was a little taken aback by that, but it was seriously awesome of them <3 Always thank the helper people XD


Comment by Scruffy (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 13:12

This is how artist-types get exercise.

Enjoy your new pad!


Comment by Sparkie (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 13:13

I bet the place looks awesome! I hope besides the stairs the move went well :)

I feel the pain

Comment by madclarinet (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 13:26

Yeah, I know that problem... At my work we've had to move a load of wood up 4 floors. Some of it wouldn't fit in the lift so we had to carry it up the stairs.

The building is an old mill and has as sharp as corners as you have. The high ceilings saved us as the lengths of wood were around 16 foot long........


Comment by Joe D (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 14:14

Having moved / helped people move / been engulfed by moving continuously this summer, I sympathize. Alas, I can't go anywhere without my comfort art objects, so I suppose it's a cross to carry.


Comment by Suki (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 14:24

THATS NOTHING lmao try Grandma's apartment in China that has no elevator and on the 8th floor...IN THE SUMMER D: good excercise comes with pain :D

Oh God,

Comment by Rizareth (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 15:01

Those stairs remind me of the movie "Rec," which is a Spanish zombielike filmed in documentary~ish form. Scary as hell. It was set in a tall apartment building with stairs like this... I think the American version-which I hear wasn't as good-is called Quarantine. Either way I recommend watching the original Rec with English subs. Give you a proper appreciation for them staircases..

In case of fire...

Comment by Ellie (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 17:46

Five stories? What this place needs is an "Escape Chute"!


Comment by Razor (not verified) Mon, 08/24/2009 - 13:16

i want to go to there


On the bright side after a

Comment by Kyon (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 17:55

On the bright side after a few weeks of going up and down those stairs you'll be one step close to being able to leap tall buildings.

Haha, waaaiiitt. I am

Comment by Jude (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 18:21

Haha, waaaiiitt. I am reminded of a certain comic by the name of "Fallen." OH GEE I WONDER WHO DREW THAT. ;D But didn't Singe live in an apartment up many floors without the use of an elevator? (HOW DO I REMEMBER THESE THINGS OH GOD)


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Comment by Coryjonc (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 20:55

Don't tell me Mike are Steve are replacing John and Conrad...?


Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Sat, 08/22/2009 - 22:30

Nope, just John... wah-wuhhhhh.

(It's because I'm the height of two people stacked together.)

Ohmanohmanohman~ I love the

Comment by luckiwings (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 20:58

Ohmanohmanohman~ I love the art style in this one. One beautiful illustration with different scenes :D
You gotta find a way to rig up a dolly system so you can just lift up your groceries through the how they lower the dog in Rear Window ;)

Is It A View to A Kill*?

Comment by McClaud (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 21:22

Man, we lived in a three story apartment a few years ago with an inside staircase that barely had room to turn around. We sucked up two months of extra expenses (went without) to be able to hire movers to get our heavier furniture down and to the new house. I can't even remember how I got the furniture up there to start with.

* James Bond reference - when someone mentions the awesome view, I always reflexively follow-up with, "Is it a view to a kill?" Duran Duran == awesome sauce.


Comment by Robert V Aldrich (not verified) Fri, 08/21/2009 - 13:48

I don't know that I buy that Duran Duran automatically equals awesome sauce (which sounds just a tad too perverted), but I do have to give you some serious credit for the reference.

Staircas Games

Comment by Kriztov (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 22:31

You can always play staircase games now, like the superball challenge.

The Superball challenge can happen in 2 forms, or rounds if you may. The first round is you throw the ball down the centre of the stairwell, and try and get it to bounce off the ground floor all the way back up to you and catch it again, kind of like extreme jacks. Round 2 is much harder and involves bouncing the superball off the wall opposite each staircase, effectively making the ball go down the stairs.

Yeah, good times.

Try and get a pulley and hook rigged to the roof, then when somebody brings a sixpack to your house or something, you can just lower the hook, they can hook it on, and you can pull it up. Sure, the guy would have to climb the stairs, but the beer would be there waiting for him. You could also hook a bag onto the hook to make it more versatile. Helps when you dont have to carry anything up 5 floors of stairs.

Moving =/= Fun

Comment by DanArcher (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 22:33

Yep, never fun moving, epcially to a high floor! I'm "the friend with the pick-up truck." As a result, I've helped 6 people move in the last two years. ALL to higher floors! -_-;

I feel your pain!

I know how that is. It's

Comment by Laura Uhl (not verified) Thu, 08/20/2009 - 23:38

I know how that is.
It's worse when you have the gleaming hope of an elevator
only to find out it's broken down again sometime in the middle of the day
and you have a bag of charcoal and brushes with two pads of paper in a giant leather portfolio -.-

I work in a hostel with no

Comment by ??? (not verified) Fri, 08/21/2009 - 01:05

I work in a hostel with no elevator that starts on the third floor. My room is on the fifth. Uggggh.


Comment by Avery Gee (not verified) Fri, 08/21/2009 - 01:29

And also conrad? Is there going to be 5 of you in there? Wow. Good luck!

I moved out!

Comment by John Kelly (not verified) Sat, 08/22/2009 - 22:39

I actually moved out like two months ago, but I still live about 4-5 blocks away from the gang, so I might be back.

A picture of a stairwell

Comment by CLIFF (not verified) Fri, 08/21/2009 - 01:37

A picture of a stairwell like that only tempts me to discretely drop things down the center. Dunno why. Wouldnt recommend it.

Lovin' the comic btw.

There's a reason I always

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 08/21/2009 - 02:20

There's a reason I always try and get a first floor apartment, I've had a worse moving scenario though, buddy of mine moved from the third floor to the 4th floor in the same complex, which was pretty much big building, sadly the walkway didn't go all the way around so we had to take it down and then over a few yards and then up again.

Imagine being a paramedic

Comment by Hades (not verified) Fri, 08/21/2009 - 03:46

Imagine being a paramedic and running up all those stairs with all of the equipement you need and later on carrying patients down+equip. (several times a day that is)

And patients always live on the top floor.

So please when you grow old move to a bottom floor appartement :D.

Have fun with groceries.....

Comment by Mal Mal (not verified) Fri, 08/21/2009 - 07:53

Have fun with groceries.....


Comment by eagle (not verified) Fri, 08/21/2009 - 09:15

Yeah really, groceries will be a pain. My roommate and I have a hard enough time with them even with an elevator to the 7th floor. Gallons of water...they're the killer. Oh and cat litter D:

This is a really amazing

Comment by John K (not verified) Fri, 08/21/2009 - 09:18

This is a really amazing comic. the composition is jaw droppingly brilliant! hats off.


Comment by Boomer Gonzales (not verified) Fri, 08/21/2009 - 11:20

OMG!! This reminds me of the first place I had living in SF. A one-room loft on the top floor of a five-story building with no elevator and crap-tastic insulation. The place even felt like it shook whenever there was hard wind, but the landlord said the place survived two earthquakes so you tell me. Couldn't beat the $295/ month rent though and I had He-Man legs after a month of running up and down that staircase. I now miss that little place in the Mission. -sniff-