Friday, January 13, 2006

While you continue voting for your favorite Flickr Wedding Photo (please note that #3 appears to have taken itself out of the running, but we do have a late entrant in #11 to take its place) I have for you today a humorous anecdote. All day long there's been some sorta doings in the FoxNewsLounge directly in front of my workspace which has involved many bright and eager, well-heeled young business people sitting and talking with slightly older business people... I don't know if they're new hires or new interns or interviewees or what their story is exactly. But about 10 minutes ago one of them approached the coat closets that are directly to my left and spent a few moments trying to wedge his fingers into the hinge area of one of the doors, then pushed randomly on the doors in various spots before finally turning to me and saying "Excuse me, but could you help me get into here?" I stood up, strode the few steps over to the closets, grasped one of the handles, and pulled, revealing the garment-laden riches within for the young man. Now granted, they don't have your traditional door KNOBS on them, just a steel plate on the edge of the doors with a rounded end which forms a handle, but they're not particularly esoteric either. If you've encountered a wide closet or sliding door since the mid-twentieth century or so, you ought to be familiar with such an operation... come to think about it, most business establishments across the country have a pretty similar mechanism on their exterior doors instead of a round, turning knob. But, oh readers, here's the part that really kicks this anecdote to the next level: not five minutes after this unfathomably hapless businessman walked away with his jacket ANOTHER of the young visitors, this time female, came over and stared at the doors for a moment before turning and asking me, "Do you know how to open this?" Trying my best to hide my flabbergastation, I stayed seated this time and simply said, "To open a door, you grasp the handle and pull it towards you." These are people who are going to be telling some of the world's top corporations how they should be running their businesses. They probably make a whole lot more money than you do. They do not know how to operate a door. This concludes my anecdote.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I know why Paragon is such a disaster....
(f, o.l.o.t.s.)

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm having some difficulty hiding my own flabbergastation over this story. You really should set up a little video camera next time those bright young things are in the office. -ab

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might you be able to post a photo of said door?

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might you be able to post a photo of said door?

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might you be able to post a photo of said door?

2:02 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

indeed i might i might i might

2:40 PM  

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