This weekend we took advantage of the beautiful spring weather to get outside and soak up some Vitamin D at a local farm and on an Easter boat cruise. Lots of sun and signs of spring, but not a lot of doors.
I did notice this one at the farm:
1) I thought it was interesting that the U-shaped piece seems to have been installed just for this purpose – I would typically expect to see the strap wrapped around the railing.
2) I’m pretty that the ANSI test standards for the lock don’t include a test for force in that direction.
3) This door is on an underground exhibit where you can look at the burrows of various animals. It has no windows and two doors – both with the same hardware – double cylinder deadlocks. I guess it could be interesting to spend a night in an underground bunker with a skunk, a bunny, a possum, a red fox, and the cage where they grow the mice that they feed to the injured birds, but it gives me the willies just thinking about it.
When we were waiting to board the Easter lunch cruise around Boston Harbor, I spotted a trusty Von Duprin 99L exit device on one of the doors on the boat. As I was taking a photo, I heard my husband say to my mother-in-law in Arabic, “She’s crazy about doors.” I guess there are worse things you’d have to explain to your mother about your wife. She seems to accept my weirdness, and even if she didn’t, I don’t speak enough Arabic to realize it (although I do know the words for “crazy” and “door”). We wound up seated right next to this door, and the closer was having a heck of a time controlling it, but the photo does illustrate one of the challenges of “flush” frames (note the angle bracket).
Here are a few other photos from our cruise…no more doors but the one of my daughter’s reaction to the Easter Bunny is simultaneously sad and hilarious. She did recover from her fear of furry beings with oversized heads by the time we arrived back in port, and now she and the Easter Bunny are tight.