REVOLVING DOORS AND OTHER REGIONAL RARITIES
Who would have guessed that revolving doors are a regional phenomenon? Or that one could actually miss their merry-go-round rides?
Several years after moving to Southern California,
where I’ve yet to encounter a door other than the open and close, yawn
variety, I visited my beloved home, Chi-Town. Suddenly I realized that
along with authentic hot dogs, Italian beefs, Hong Su Shrimp and fur
coats, RDs were rare west of the Fourth Principal Meridian. Designed to
keep out wind and weather, they would be both superfluous and quirky in
Sunny San Diego, where we have neither.
A Google search of “revolving doors” disclosed a whopping 2,660,000 entries, conjuring up a variety of images.
city residents are familiar with a door set on a rotating shaft
containing four clear glass panels, or “wings.” A revolving door with
bullet-proof glass is also available for high security purposes.
athletic types, a trendy aerobics move brings you up and over a bench
and back again in four small turns, completing a full circle.
buffs infer the movement of individuals from one position to another,
such as from lobbying to government jobs and vice versa, with the
resultant conflicts of interest.
door” also describes addicts strung out on the rehab yo-yo and
criminals oscillating between the slammer and the street.
On December 22, 1881,
H. Bockhacker was granted the German patent for “Door without draft of
air.” The doors have been instrumental in draft avoidance ever since.
The draft-dodging door will be discussed in this article.
Along with revolving doors, the entire article also discusses:
Up On The Stoop
if you dare, a world without cell phones, text messaging, more than one
telephone per household, email. How did people communicate in those
traveled with lightning speed through cacophonous conglomerations Up On
The Stoop. Despite lacking the glamorous facades of their East Coast
brownstone cousins . . .
"Hot Dogs, Hot Dogs!"
The first spoken words of Mickey Mouse in The Karnival Kid
in 1929 epitomize the childlike joy, undiminished by time or distance,
aroused by these yummy little meals embedded in warm-bun cocoons.
Why is the ubiquitous hot dog included among regional rarities?