On Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:22:00 -0700 (PDT), Peter Trei
Post by Peter Trei
To pivot 90 degrees, door holding can be a bit angsty, both for the holder, and
the person held-for.
I used to work out at a gym where the best place to park my bike was
in the airlock. When I was ready to leave, I would pretend to be
searching for something in my panniers until I was quite alone; if
someone saw that I intended to push my bike through the door, he would
rush to hold the door -- and stand exactly in my path. It was very
easy to open the door with my back while I held the bike with both
Once I happened to be near the door when the special bus let out a
stroke victim on crutches. I opened the door and stood behind it to
leave room for the crutches. She was utterly astonished.
Back in the sixties, some male said, in all sincerity, "But if women
get equality, we'll stop holding doors for them!" That was a double
jaw-dropper. First was that he thought that meaningless courtesies
were worth giving up all human rights -- and second was that they
*weren't* holding doors for us!
A few years later, it did happen once. I'd had lessons in how to let
a chair be held for me, but I was at a complete loss for how to
graciously accept a chivalrous door holding.
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