Monday, March 21, 2011

once more around

Did you ever have ridiculous experience that made you laugh so hard you uncontrollably giggle every time you think of it? I have lots of those. Do I have an extraordinary ability to find the funny in situations and laugh at myself, or am I just a bumbling idiot?  I personally like to think the former is true, but really either answer will be accepted.

My latest hysteria inducer? Revolving doors. Really. I recently realized I can't walk through the revolving door at work without at least smiling, sometimes giggling, and depending on the "spin", downright laughing myself to tears. I'll admit it, I'm even laughing as I write this. This is a relatively new job, so revolving my way through doors multiple times a day is also relatively new.  I need practice, apparently.  So, I have a couple of things to case you find yourself in a spin. 
  • You can only fit one person at a time.  If you don't follow that rule, the silly baby steps walk will feel awfully long as you try to get around with two people squished in the door.  Trust me on this.   
  • You can't hold a conversation while you're revolving.  You just have to put the conversation on hold for the spin. If you are in front, you will look back at the other person and risk missing the "exit",  which means you have to do the dreaded spin of shame...once more around while everyone looks at you (laughs at you?) trying to get back to the opening.  Trust me on this one too. It's a LONG way around the second time.
  • In this same vein, pay attention to what you're doing.  Trying to figure out what the hell the guy in the lobby at the counter is trying to do while you are actually mid-spin will make you miss your exit.  And you know what that means...yes, once more around. VERY VISIBLY.  Seriously, I almost walked back out of the building and back to my car for a do-over that day.
  • In the unfortunate event that one of these things happens to you, try to play it cool and hold in the giggles until you reach the elevator. Try, at least.  Unless you're with other people in the elevator...then hold it in even longer.  Because unless they were witnesses, they won't see the humor and the tears-running-down-your-face laughter will be lost on them. Again, you're going to have to trust me on this.
So now I have to add revolving doors to the list of things that freak me out, right up there with drive-thrus, toll booths and parking garages (stories for another day).  I'm doing my best to remain professional in my office building every day, but it's a losing battle.  I'm telling you, those doors are no joke ;)


  1. Ah, those damn doors. I bet it took me a good six months to get used to them. I still half the stuff you describe, three years later. At least you didn't do the double spin on your first day of work, like *some* people I've heard of.

  2. 3 years!! That's not very encouraging... I have been VERY focused, hoping to master the doors within the year. That's my goal...