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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Door wars

  • All this talk of the new Shawnee Marketplace has me thinking of ideas for other new businesses in the area. Just the other day I thought of a great idea for a new club or social gathering spot that could be a real hit.
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  • All this talk of the new Shawnee Marketplace has me thinking of ideas for other new businesses in the area. Just the other day I thought of a great idea for a new club or social gathering spot that could be a real hit.
    Let’s just build one long, narrow hall with endless doors leading to nothing but the next.
    People will love standing in those doorways to talk with friends or work associates or, heck, just random strangers for hours on end.
    Invariably, these long conversations will congest foot traffic between the doors, but that’s part of the appeal. In a real world setting, there are so few doorways to inhabit and such high demand for passage. Here, there will be plenty of doorways for people to rest their shoulders on, so there won’t be as many times where you get rudely interrupted.
    Just the other day I was talking to my friend in a doorway outside some public building when all of a sudden some pushy guy in an overcoat busted through without so much as a polite “ahem” or a tap on the shoulder. In doing so, he totally derailed our great discussion on Eastern European economics. Of course I was perturbed. I yelled after the guy, “Hey, where’s the fire, bud?” That’s when he got in his fire truck and drove away.
    Of course I’m being facetious. I know better than to block the way of our fine firemen. But seriously, what draws people to talk in doorways? Everyone does it at some time. Many do it subconsciously. I wasn’t really that aware of the phenomenon until a science teacher I liked pointed it out to me in high school.
    My plea to you is not that you drop your doorway conversing cold turkey. No one is that strong. I even catch myself wedged inside the door frame every now and then.
    I’m only asking that you simply be more aware and show consideration to those trying to navigate crowded halls of squeeze into the restroom.
    The chair, I think we all can agree, is one of man’s finest inventions. Use it. Enjoy your conversation and stop plotting your escape route.

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