Deborah J. Rebolloso

Author of 

Fou Fou’s New ’Do
(And a Tutu, Too)

REVOLVING DOORS AND OTHER REGIONAL RARITIES

 

Revolving Doors

 

                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.

Big 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.

For athletic types, a trendy aerobics move brings you up and over a bench and back again in four small turns, completing a full circle.

Metaphor 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.

“Revolving 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

 

Imagine, if you dare, a world without cell phones, text messaging, more than one telephone per household, email. How did people communicate in those prehistoric times?

               News 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?

 

Welcome to My Website!  

Aka Deb Reb, ever resourceful, I shrewdly decided to cash in on my "sassitude" and write humor and satire.

I hope you enjoy my 'Cut on the Bias' view of life.

Click on the categories below for excerpts of my writing.

Announcing the publication of a new children's book:

Fou Fou's New 'Do
(And a Tutu, Too)

Fou Fou the flea shares a home with beaucoups brothers and sisters in a flea market in Paris. She doesn't mind being named Fou Fou (Silly Silly) if she gets to eat her favorite food, croissants.

In this delightful adventure, Fou Fou finds a way to add some frou frou to her life. She enlists the help of a friend to create a new 'do and a tutu, too. The added bonus? Both hair and tutu are her favorite color, orange!

A unique feature of Fou Fou's story is the interweaving of basic French words throughout, along with a language guide at the end. Fou Fou's story combines three elements designed to enthrall a youngster: the joy of reading (or being read to), the thrill of discovering creative solutions to problems, and the pleasure of learning a new language.

So, treat your favorite young one (and yourself) to an adventure that won't be forgotten! An adventure worth more than the $4.95 to download the pdf version that you can copy on your printer to give as a gift. It's just one click away! A tout a l'heure!

I previously wrote a monthly column, "Humor Me," for healyourselftalk.com, an ezine for writers.
Go there and check out some of my articles, including "Classy Lessons from Classic Movies."