Monday, December 08, 2008

3 Rhetorical Questions Related to Things that Bug Me and a Small Miracle

  1. Why do perfectly able-bodied individuals with nothing in their arms push "open door" buttons and thus waste (a) electricity, (b) an opportunity to use their muscles, and (c) my time while I wait for the door to slowly swing open?
  2. How is that every battery operated device in my house uses one of 4 different standard batteries (AA, AAA, D, and 9-volt) that have been around for almost 100 years and can be found everywhere in the world, but when I pull out a plastic container to put my lunch in, I will have to rummage through roughly 40 completely different lids before finding one that will fit my container?
  3. When Mel Tormé wrote his song about chestnuts roasting by an open fire, what made him think the definite article "the" was more appropriate than the indefinite "a" in his title The Christmas Song? Did he think all the other Christmas songs would disappear?

Now that I've got those out of the way...

Shortly after 9am this morning, on a number 95 bus with more than 30 passengers, between Dominion and Baseline stations, a 5.4 km trip that took roughly 11 minutes, not a single person spoke on a cell phone. One young woman may have responded to a text message, but she also might have been checking the time.


Anonymous said...

these are the posts i live for!
but i must add that before you judge the handicap button, please consider some of the completely ridiculously heavy doors in the city of toronto that are also 14 feet tall, hung from their middles and swing awkwardly. then add crushing traffic volume with each individual struggling with their bags and the awkward door and the people behind getting annoyed by the delay. these people NEED to use the handicap button. and even where the door is normal, sometimes the volume of traffic makes it most sensible to basically prop the doors open with that button for 4 people to get through at speed. that being said, ACTUALLY propping the doors open seems a better idea (which happens in certain random cases). finally, i think it's dumb if you push the button and wait (unless you're handicapped). just push and push and everything's faster, less heavy, less awkward, etc.
good day to you, sir! and thanks for this!

David Scrimshaw said...

S, I would not judge the people struggling with those ridiculous Toronto doors.

It sounds to me like those doors should be propped open as you suggest, or they should have automatic openers for everyone. Like supermarket doors.