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Sep 21 2017

Mexico City Road Trip

Category: Beautiful Doors,Road TripsLori @ 12:41 am Comments (1)

By now you have likely heard about the earthquake that caused property damage, injuries, and deaths in Mexico City and the state of Puebla on Tuesday.  This one followed on the heels of another earthquake about a week and a half before, near the border of Mexico and Guatemala.  I am fine and we didn’t feel a thing, although it shook me up a bit to receive bits and pieces of the news from friends as I was trying to do a code update via webinar.

I was in Mexico City just a couple of weeks ago, and we stayed in an area of the city that was one of the most heavily damaged in this week’s earthquake.  I love Mexico City…the amazing architecture, restaurants, shops, and green spaces.  It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post about one of my road trips, so this seems like an appropriate time, as my thoughts are with those who are trying to recover from the earthquake.

Here are some of my favorite doors from our trip.  Scroll down, because there’s an unidentified item that I need help with at the bottom of the post.

“Hey Mom!  Look what I found!”

So many arched doors…I love them!




Red doors…



And some linear / art deco / geometric styles:



I don’t think the original hinges were meant to carry the weight of this applied steel panel…

Attention to life safety! Woohoo!

A repurposed trowel…

This door was in a bookstore / cafe, and we noticed one of the waiters ducking through it to get to the storage room.  That seems a little inconvenient!  (That’s my 11YO, Norah, for scale.  Remember her?)


While we were in Mexico City, we went to a musical theater performance in what looked like a warehouse converted to a large theater.  This was the lobby as people waited to get to their seats.  The only exits are waaaaayyyy down at the other end.  The exit sign is above the window to the left.  Yikes.

I’m not sure what’s going on with this giant curb…

I think some of the graffiti is beautiful…authorized or unauthorized…

And here it is…the unidentified item I mentioned. I have my suspicions, but does anyone know what it is?


With tragedy comes the opportunity to teach kids to give and inspire adults to do what they can to help.  In this photo, my daughters are writing messages of hope and support on our donations of diapers, baby food, toiletries, and canned goods.  I will be shopping for more later today, on behalf of friends and family who saw the photo on Facebook and asked to donate.  All of these items will be boxed up with those collected by our kids’ classmates, then packed on the trucks with donations from our town.  The trucks will join the others heading to the affected areas, where first responders and civilians are using hand tools, buckets, shovels, pick-axes, and dogs to remove debris and search for survivors.

“The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better” ~ Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Sep 20 2017

WW: How You Can Help Spot Fire Hazards

I was so excited to see this video from the Texas State Fire Marshal’s office talking about egress and fire hazards, but I noticed a little problem with one of the doors.  Can you find it?

Sep 19 2017

H.R.620 – ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

Category: Accessibility,NewsLori @ 1:14 pm Comments (0)

In January of this year, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Ted Poe of Texas.  On September 7th, the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance this bill – H.R. 620. While at first glance it might seem like a bill dedicated to education about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) would be beneficial, it’s important to understand the details and the implications of this bill.

I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here…many organizations have already posted the relevant information on their websites:

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has published an overview of the organizations concerns with H.R.620, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has published a list of myths and truths about this bill.  The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) includes a call to action on their site, and this article by Gillian Walters gives a great overview of the problems that would be created by this bill.  The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) has posted a long list of resources on their website, including a summary of their concerns:

H.R. 620 would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a critical source of rights for people with disabilities to architectural access in public accommodations—that is, businesses such as stores, restaurants, hotels, etc.

H.R. 620:

A. Removes any incentive for voluntary compliance.

B. Rewards non-compliance by allowing businesses generous additional timelines, even though the ADA’s very reasonable requirements are already over 25 years old! The ADA is already carefully crafted to take the needs of business into account.

C. Pretends that money damages requested from businesses are part of the ADA. Actually, this part of the ADA doesn’t even allow money damages, so changing the federal ADA will not affect any state law money damage provisions; 

D. Ignores the extensive, free educational resources already available today to any business on how to comply with the ADA. 

E. Ignores the effective & extensive methods already available to courts and state bar associations to deal with a very few frivolous lawsuits or unscrupulous attorneys. We should use those existing legal mechanisms when needed, rather than deny the civil rights established by the ADA that aid people with disabilities every day. 

F. Look behind the media myths: The vast majority of ADA attorneys and plaintiffs are seeking solutions to fix real denials of access. But the business community has pushed the media to portray “a few bad apples” as a landslide.


Over the last few years, we have seen first-hand the effects that the political process can have on life safety, fire protection, and accessibility.  It’s our responsibility to be informed about threats to the codes and standards that protect building occupants and ensure access and egress for all.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue.

Thank you to George Cutler of Quarters Hardware ( and his mom 😀 ) for bringing this bill to my attention.

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