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07 March 2008 @ 09:29 am
revolving doors  
So, the building I work in has a revolving door and I'm often surprised by how much fear it creates in some of the people entering and exiting. Last night, as I was leaving, this woman had entered it from the opposite side as I approached, then leapt out when I entered, and scowled at me with much hatred, as though my passing through on one side had somehow prevented her from passing through on hers. I should add that there was nothing at all controversial about my speed or general disposition at that particular moment.

And so, since I know you all love to vote, a poll!

Poll #1150377 Revolving Doors

As you approach a revolving door, someone else enters it from the other side. What do you do?

Stand aside until they've gone completely through.
5(10.6%)
Let them get most of the way through before entering.
7(14.9%)
Surge ahead, of course!
33(70.2%)
Panic! Oh, god, isn't there another way out of this building?
2(4.3%)

What is the primary purpose of a revolving door?

To efficiently usher many people into and out of the building simultaneously.
18(39.1%)
To retain the heating/air-conditioning in the lobby.
17(37.0%)
To create dread and fear in the weak.
11(23.9%)

Have you ever pushed a revolving door extra fast in order to make someone else uncomfortable?

Of course, I have. God made me this way!
11(23.9%)
No, of course. My middle name is Sweetness.
15(32.6%)
Maybe... I have had days where it was menace or be menaced.
20(43.5%)

Have you ever conspired to trap someone in a revolving door.

Yes, it's all in good fun.
28(59.6%)
Never! Didn't I tell you what my middle name was?
15(31.9%)
Great, I wasn't scared of revolving doors before this poll, but now I'll avoid them like the plague.
4(8.5%)


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theballadofyoko on March 7th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
I think the purpose of revolving doors is to get people in and out as *in*efficiently as possible.

Most of the revolving doors I've been through are either one way (like the subway) or automatic, so some of those questions don't exactly apply, I think.

I think that woman was just crazy.
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on March 7th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
ask lee, revolving doors, turnstiles, etc freak me out!! i hate when there is someone right behind coming out of the subway station, too. i'll wait until there's no one, then make my escape through the revolvi-terror!
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zuluoddharmonic on March 7th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
In DFW airport, the revolving doors exiting the gate area to the baggage claim are even better for terrifying people: they only go one way and there's a handicapped button next to them. (It just moves slowly so you don't have to push on the door to get it started.)
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Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zuluoddharmonic on March 7th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
(If I had room in my home, I would install a turnstile like the one in the image as art.)

I advise you to skip the opening scene of Law & Order: Criminal Intent season 2 episode "Zoonotic".

xterminal on March 7th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Once, while I was on crutches, some moron trapped my ankle in a revolving door.

I wonder if he ever got the crutch out of his ass?

I won't get into one that someone else is in ever since. I avoid them completely when possible.
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zuluoddharmonic on March 7th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
I hope the crutch gave him splinters.

I avoided revolving doors until I started flying through DFW. I occasionally worry that my daughter will become one of those people that just plows through them, but I think she'll be okay.
Greyjustgrey on March 7th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
It's not that I'm afraid of revolving doors, but they make me horribly dizzy. Don't know what it is about them, but I just lose the ability to focus my eyes and the next thing I know i'm flat on my face. I avoid the darn things and would rather walk two blocks around a building to find a real door.
Pallaspallasathene8 on March 7th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
I used to trap or otherwise make uncomfortable my little brother in the one at the post office when I was little, but I didn't count that, because little brothers don't really count as people, do they?

Co-revolving is not scary. But I'm with Soupy on turnstiles, though.
hopefoothopefoot on April 12th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Revolving door are mini merry go rounds. If I have a choice I always use them. Cheap thrills rock.