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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.
Let them get most of the way through before entering.
Surge ahead, of course!
Panic! Oh, god, isn't there another way out of this building?

What is the primary purpose of a revolving door?

To efficiently usher many people into and out of the building simultaneously.
To retain the heating/air-conditioning in the lobby.
To create dread and fear in the weak.

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!
No, of course. My middle name is Sweetness.
Maybe... I have had days where it was menace or be menaced.

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

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

And as your reward for voting, here's a little something-something from Senor Vargas...

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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.