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what i wanted to do

coming to work this morning, i made the usual trek from subway to building. it’s all underground, and the entrance to my building is a revolving door in the lower level concourse of rockefeller center.

i’m assuming you know how a revolving door works. you push, and walk forward, and the door spins.

unless, of course, you are the type of person who doesn’t push the door.

the type of person that doesn’t do your part.

here’s how that works. it’s a busy door, and there’s someone ahead of you pushing, and there’s usually someone behind you pushing, and so you just stand there and walk forward, and let someone else do all the work. there’s a possibility that if there’s no one behind you, the door could stop revolving and you’d be stuck. and then you’d have to push, or stand there until someone behind you pushed.

and that’s what happened this morning. this woman just walked in the door in her slot without pushing, the person in front of her pushed the door, and she depended on me to push from behind so that she wouldn’t have to.

call me picky, but i think that behavior like this is indicative of a deep personality flaw. whoever she was, i’d bet she carries that attitude over into her everyday dealings, and that wouldn’t be pretty.

i so wanted to not push the door, and leave her standing there. but i’m a basically nice guy, and so i pushed.

maybe i shouldn’t have.


  1. Ok, this post makes me think and laugh at the same time. It’s a ridiculous situation surrounded by deep thoughts!
    Very nice. πŸ™‚
    And it would be a nice title for a book “The theory of the revolving door”

    Posted on 27-Feb-07 at 9:09 pm | Permalink
  2. thanks for your kind words. that’s just the way my mind works–i tend to see moral dilemmas everywhere ; )

    Posted on 28-Feb-07 at 7:53 am | Permalink

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