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Journal StalinsNotDead's Journal: Coworker's question 8

Q: Why do you open doors the way you do?
(which is pause at the door and listen for a second, and depending on if the door swings in or out, pull door towards me while stepping to the side facing perpendicular to the door opening, or push door slightly ajar while standing in such a way that one can get out of the way of the door should the need arise, breif pause, then go through door)

A: Treat every closed door as if some lunatic with a wedding cake is going to come crashing through it. You're less likely to get hit with a cake.

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  • by JesseL ( 107722 )
    Sounds similar to my habit of never sitting with my back to the door.
    • by RM6f9 ( 825298 ) *
      Especially if the seat is at a poker table, eh?
    • I'm the same way with that too. My coworkers have learned which seat (or at least narrow it down to a small group of seats) I would prefer. I've actually asked to switch seats with someone in order to get a wall to my back. Enough of that and most of them have learned (especially the ones I've worked with at more than one job).

      There're so many idiosyncratic rules by which I live, I don't notice them until someone points them out.

      Always pause at walkway intersections at work and glance both directions.

      • by nizo ( 81281 ) *
        Don't feel bad; to this day I don't step where I can't see (like, over a curb; I have to stand ON the curb before stepping down). Since I grew up in a landscape filled with cacti and rattlesnakes as a kid, it was critical you never step someplace you can't see :-)
  • "Because people like you just go barging through doors, and i don't want to get hit."

    I do the same. At my place of emply we had so many people injured in "door accidents" that they ended up putting windows in all the doors (with frosted glass in the restroom ones.) This does not say good things about my coworkers' ability to learn from experience.
  • Or in my case, get a broken nose.... That was 20+ years ago, but still today, I'm (now) very careful with doors that swing toward me.

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