Friday, March 13, 2009

Pointless/Random Question of the Day

I was brought up to hold the door for people. It's something that I do, sometimes to the annoyance of the people I'm with if I get to the point when I'm holding the door for a line of strangers. Yesterday, some of us from the office went to have lunch with a former coworker, and the restaurant (Portillo's) had a revolving door. And so I thought:

How would you hold a revolving door for someone?

Would you let someone into one of the chambers and then give it a shove? Or do you stay in one chamber, reducing the efficiency of the door by 1/4, and push the door around for everyone?

As an aside, if you're in the Chicago burbs, Portillo's is a must.

9 comments:

brent said...

This question is so random and, well, pointless.

Janiece Murphy said...

According to my former boss, if you wish to "hold the door" for someone (he always held doors for women - always) and it's a revolving door, then the man enters first.

This allows him to do the "work" of pushing the door for those who walk behind him.

The usual rules applied for traditional doors.

Ilya said...

In addition to what Janiece said, I would also suggest that stepping away from the door quickly is a reasonable course of action, to minimize the chance of the woman behind you getting smacked by the door as she tries to exit the vortex created by your powerful push...

Ilya said...

Oh - and if it generates any sort discussion, it is not pointless.

It's still random, I have to admit.

Nathan said...

It may not be what you're looking for, but if you let her step in first, you can give the door a good hard shove. This will cause it to hit the back of her shoe which will fall off and jam the door with her stuck there in the middle.

Then run.

Good times.

... Paige said...

Childish view = Nathan is correct in his reply...

Adult view = Iiya

Evasive (political) view = Brent

Totally correct view = Janiece

and I refuse to answer and thereby plead the 5th (or some sort thing)

MWT said...

I think the point of a revolving door is that it automatically holds itself open for you, thereby negating a need for an actual person to do it.

neurondoc said...

The main entrance of my med school building had an automatic revolving door. The "pie pieces" of this door were large enough to fit more than one person comfortably, so the students tended to squish in. We not infrequently freaked out visitors by moseying in with them. Hmmm... It was funnier in real-life than in the retelling.

brent said...

@...Paige No, the political viewpoint would be "I don't recall that particular door."