Road Trips

Medersa Abu al-Hassan, Salé Morocco

As many of you know, I am in Morocco for some vacation time combined with some work, and also working on some family issues with my mother-in-law's estate.  We have made the most of each day, and I have seen (and photographed) lots of amazing doors.  I hope you don't get sick of seeing them..."Darn!  Not another beautiful door!!"  I have also had requests for non-door photos so I will show you some of this beautiful country too.

By |2012-07-08T22:42:54-04:00July 8th, 2012|Beautiful Doors, Road Trips|0 Comments

St. James Cathedral, Seattle

Last week I was a panelist for the BOMA Every Building Conference and Expo in Seattle.  It was a pretty busy couple of days but I was able to sneak out each day to see a little of the city, or visit the guy who was LockedInAHouse.  I LOVED the Pike Place Market...I was there early in the morning as the vendors were bringing in their flowers, seafood, vegetables, etc. for the day, and it was a sensory feast!  I wish I could start each day that way.

By |2014-11-25T23:24:30-05:00July 2nd, 2012|Beautiful Doors, Road Trips|9 Comments

Battleship Cove – Fall River, Massachusetts

Whenever we're on a family road trip, we try to find cool places to stop along the way to break up the ride.  Today we went to Battleship Cove, the world's largest historic naval ship exhibit.  The museum is home to the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the USS Lionfish submarine, the battleship USS Massachusetts, and several other vehicles.  It's really an amazing place, and the kids loved looking at all the different rooms, many of which were set up as they would have been while the ships were occupied.

By |2013-02-08T23:32:19-05:00February 22nd, 2012|Door Closers, Locks & Keys, Means of Egress, Road Trips|0 Comments

LL Bean – What’s Missing?

We were on a mini-vacation earlier in the week, which is my excuse for forgetting two things.  First, my pal Zeke Wolfskehl is in search of some research that I remember hearing about but have never been able to find documentation for.  Maybe it's an urban legend, but I know that I heard/read somewhere that a pair of doors with a mullion allows more efficient egress than a pair of doors without a mullion.  Do any of you remember where that was written?  I need a lead to pursue.

By |2012-01-27T21:55:20-05:00December 30th, 2011|Push/Pull, Road Trips|11 Comments

“¿Donde estan los churros?”

This weekend I left my computer at home (yes, really!) and headed to Cape Cod for my brother's wedding.  The wedding was held in North Truro, and the kids had heard me say several times that we were going to "Truro."  Well, my kids go to a bilingual school and are fluent in Spanish.  All along they thought we were going to "Churro," and expected to see a slew of the cinnamon-sugary donut-stick type pastries on arrival.  The disappointment didn't stop there - we didn't see any sandwiches in Sandwich, and luckily - no obvious pee in P-Town (the common nickname for Provincetown, Massachusetts).

By |2017-01-04T21:43:47-05:00September 25th, 2011|Beautiful Doors, Means of Egress, Road Trips|2 Comments

Lexington, Virginia

We only spent a brief segment of our road trip in Lexington, but it was long enough to spot a couple of doors of interest.  Our hotel was originally a single family residence and it's on the Register of Historic Places.  We checked in pretty late at night but I immediately noticed the mess they had made of the lock on their front door.  Creative, yes...purty, no.

By |2012-01-27T21:57:30-05:00July 8th, 2011|Hinges & Pivots, Locks & Keys, Road Trips|5 Comments

The National Zoo

On our way home we had great weather while we were in the DC area, so we decided to stop at the zoo and let the kids get some of the crazies out.  The lions were my favorite...a pride of 2 lionesses, 1 lion, and 7 cubs - just gorgeous.  I could have watched them all day.  At one point a lioness went to the door and I thought maybe she could smell food or hear someone making preparations.  Apparently big cats can open doors, because the knob had a shield around it.  The door in the tiger exhibit was the same, except that the tigers must be more impatient because instead of waiting and watching they're trying to dig their way in (see below).

By |2012-01-27T21:58:10-05:00April 24th, 2011|Door Closers, Road Trips|0 Comments

Ellis Island

I know some of you will remember "Chip Falcon's Road Trip" from a couple of years ago.  For those of you who weren't readers of this blog back then...I usually go on a road trip with my family every summer.  In the summer of 2009, I had to take a Falcon 25 series panic device on the road trip so I could show it to a specwriter who had moved to South Carolina.  Since I was dragging the panic device (nicknamed Chip Falcon) around, I wrote a series of posts about the various places that we visited on our road trip and wrote about some of the features of the 24/25 series which had just been introduced.

By |2014-11-13T16:52:47-05:00March 21st, 2011|Beautiful Doors, Road Trips, Urban Exploration|13 Comments

Ahoy There, Me Hardies

It's not every day a pirate tells you that you've been partying too hard. I wish that was my problem. I actually woke up with laryngitis on Wednesday, which really stinks since I was headed out of town for a meeting. I'm feeling much better after a visit to the convenience clinic, but I still can't talk very well. I'm sure some of my compañeros are happy about that.

By |2012-01-27T21:58:46-05:00February 20th, 2011|Road Trips|3 Comments

Frankly, I’m Disappointed

We saw this building from the highway on our way to Red Rock Canyon and it wasn't hard to track it down and get the address. It was designed by Frank Gehry, and it's a brain and cognitive center for the Cleveland Clinic. I'm no expert on brain-related stuff, but I think if I was going to my brain doctor's office this building might freak me out a bit.

By |2012-01-27T21:58:46-05:00February 19th, 2011|Road Trips|3 Comments

Carpet (Touch)Pad

I'm in Las Vegas for a meeting that starts in a couple of days, and I'm pretty sure I could find enough cool and creative doors here to last me for a few months. Today we visited Red Rock Canyon (not a lot of doors there), the Hoover Dam (more doors there than you'd think), and a weirdly beautiful building by Frank Gehry. Since I'm blogging from an iPad which is not that easy, I'll post some quick photos and save the longer posts for when I get home next week.

By |2012-01-27T21:58:46-05:00February 18th, 2011|Funky Applications, Panic Hardware, Road Trips|11 Comments

Casino Wrap-Up

Considering how many photos I took of doors during my Mommy's weekend at Foxwoods, it's a good thing I'm not a gambler.  I wouldn't have had any time to check out the doors if I was stuck at the slots.  I can't imagine what Las Vegas will be like...I hope I don't get arrested like this guy.  Now go get a cup of coffee while these 22 photos load.

MGM Grand Theater

As promised, I have some photos to post from my recent trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.  I don't typically mention the locations of the photos I post, usually because I don't want to get in trouble for showing their code violations.  Well, I'm not a gambler so I had plenty of time to look at doors, and I have no non-compliant door photos to post.  I was pleasantly shocked.  I saw two propped-open bathroom doors that had labels, but that's it.  I don't even know why those particular doors were labeled, but in a facility with thousands of doors, thousands of building occupants (one website estimates over 40,000 visitors per DAY), and special security concerns, they're doing a great job with their fire and egress doors, as well as accessibility.

By |2013-09-29T19:23:21-04:00January 10th, 2011|Beautiful Doors, Doors & Frames, Road Trips|1 Comment

Top Hinge Retrospective

We're back from our vacation, but I have some more photos to share before I finish up this unplanned series on hotel doors.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, our hotel was a series of buildings connected by propped open, non-latching, damaged doors which were originally fire rated (as indicated by the painted labels).  Based on the condition of the doors, particularly the top hinges, I'm going to make the educated guess that these doors used to be operable, until the facility experienced trouble with the top hinges.

By |2012-01-27T22:01:41-05:00January 2nd, 2011|Fire Doors, Hinges & Pivots, Road Trips|3 Comments

Another Hotel

I don't stay in flea-bag motels - I really don't.  That's why it amazes me that almost every hotel I stay in has extreme issues with their fire doors.  I'm on a short vacation with my family, and as you can see from the graphic on the right, the resort consists of several connected 2-story buildings with a total of 256 guest rooms.  The only rooms that are equipped with sprinklers are the rooms that have fireplaces - if I had known that I might have sprung for the upgrade.

By |2016-08-23T21:01:57-04:00December 27th, 2010|Fire Doors, Road Trips|1 Comment

The Three Bears

I typically try to stick to more technical topics or photos of creative applications related to doors, but I'm on vacation so I'll be posting random photos and thoughts as I've done on other road trips (like these: Chip Falcon's Road Trip, Escape to Costa Rica, Maine/VT 2010).  I don't usually write about one brand vs. another because I want this site to have universal appeal, but I just have to share my favorite Christmas gift of 2010 - a story written by my 9-year-old daughter (excuse the spelling and grammar - she learned to read/write in Spanish first so she's still perfecting the English).  It cracked me up, and I know some of you will think it's funny too - whether you have IR hardware, or just "regular doors."  :-)

By |2012-01-27T22:01:42-05:00December 26th, 2010|Road Trips|2 Comments

Costa Rican Security

The picture at right has nothing to do with this post, but isn't it BEAUTIFUL?!  I had no idea that I had captured this sloth so well until I was putting a photo book together for my daughter's preschool class over the weekend.  I took the picture in Caño Negro, and the sloth was waaaaaaaaayyyyyyy up in a tree, but he must have put his face into the sunbeam just as I took the photo.  I love it!

By |2012-01-27T22:08:03-05:00February 15th, 2010|Costa Rica, Gates|0 Comments

More Costa Rican Egress

When we drove through Santa Elena, we noticed a restaurant with a tree growing up through the middle of it.  It looked pretty cool, so we headed there for lunch after our 3-hour morning hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and before our afternoon hike at the Selvatura Hanging Bridges. (On the verge of passing out from exhaustion later that evening, we realized that it was only 7:16 p.m.!)

By |2012-01-27T22:08:03-05:00February 12th, 2010|Costa Rica, Means of Egress|2 Comments

Costa Rican Egress / Fire Protection

The hotel with the treacherous handicap ramp (see previous post) was actually a very nice little hotel, but it had some other code-related issues.  I think all of the issues stem from the lack of stringent building codes in Costa Rica, but they're still a little scary for travelers who happen to be door hardware consultants.

By |2012-01-27T22:08:03-05:00February 10th, 2010|Costa Rica, Fire Doors, Means of Egress|2 Comments

Caño Negro

Yesterday we went to Caño Negro, a wildlife refuge near the Nicaraguan border.  I saw no doors of note, but I did see a mother sloth with her baby, which was SO COOL!! We saw tons of other animals including iguanas and other lizards, caymans, white-faced and howler monkeys, at least 20 different kinds of birds, and 3 other sloths.  It was a really great day.

By |2012-01-27T22:08:03-05:00February 7th, 2010|Beautiful Doors, Costa Rica, My Photos|2 Comments

La Fortuna

I don't really like to fly. I know about all of the airline safety statistics, but I just don't like being confined and especially tens of thousands of feet up in the sky. I don't like turbulence, even if it IS just bumpy air. I'm not buying it.

By |2012-01-27T22:08:03-05:00February 7th, 2010|Costa Rica, My Photos|0 Comments

Come Here Often?

If you visit this blog on a regular basis, you've probably noticed that there's been a brief lull in posts. I could blame technical difficulties, illness, writer's block, or a natural disaster, but the reality is that I've been preparing to go on vacation. A real vacation where my cell phone doesn't work. Hard to believe, I know. Those of you who are getting ready to point out that it's not a real vacation if I take my netbook with me can just hush.

By |2012-01-27T22:08:03-05:00February 4th, 2010|Costa Rica|2 Comments

"Welcoming ‘Chip’ to the Library"

If you're new to this blog, you have a little catching up to do.  If you've been a loyal reader for a while, you know about "Chip Falcon."  In a nutshell, I had to take a Falcon 24/25 series exit device on my family's annual summer road trip last year.  During our travels the exit device became known as "Chip," and I posted about the trip almost daily.  To my surprise, people really seemed to enjoy reading about Chip's adventures.

By |2012-01-27T22:08:04-05:00January 22nd, 2010|Chip Falcon Road Trip|4 Comments

Doors of Providence, Rhode Island

Last week I took a trip down to Providence to visit one of my recent projects, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island Headquarters. I had a heckuva time finding it since it was a new address that my GPS didn't recognize, but I found a shuttle bus driver who not only pondered the best route, explained it to me in detail, and then followed me there and jumped out at a red light to run up and tell me to make sure I stayed to the left. I don't know how I could have missed's a gorgeous building in downtown Providence, right on the canal and a stone's throw from the State House.  The architect is Symmes Maini & McKee Associates and you can read a little more about the project here.

By |2013-02-09T00:52:17-05:00November 1st, 2009|Gates, Road Trips|3 Comments

Closer Seals

One of my (non-hardware industry) friends commented recently that she's been reading this blog and can't believe how complicated doors and hardware are.  It's true!  There are a thousand ways to screw up a door and I've made my share of mistakes over the years, but at this point I often spot problems from across the room while "regular" people continue to walk through the doors without noticing.

Give Peace a Chance

We had planned to get on the road early yesterday afternoon but we ended up leaving Williamsburg around 5 p.m., about the same time everyone else coming home from everywhere decided to leave.  The traffic was terrible, and after 6 hours of driving we had gone as far as Elkton, Maryland and couldn't stay in the car for one more mile.

By |2018-05-25T11:48:45-04:00August 17th, 2009|Chip Falcon Road Trip, General Info, Panic Hardware|0 Comments

Colonial Williamsburg

Yesterday we decided that there was still too much to see so we can't go home just yet.  We haven't run out of clean clothes, so why not?  We spent the entire day taking in the sights of Colonial Williamsburg, without a thrill ride or water slide in sight.  I saw so many interesting doors that I made them into a short slide show for your viewing pleasure:

By |2018-05-25T11:46:04-04:00August 15th, 2009|Chip Falcon Road Trip, Funky Applications, Videos|2 Comments

Is There a Doctor in the House?

If there weren't a lot of doors at Busch Gardens, there were even less at Water Country, where we spent the day today.  For me, a day without hardware is like a day without sunshine, but I survived.  Since I don't have any funky applications from today, I'll answer a question from the mailbag.  Debbie asked whether my husband is along on this road trip, since I haven't mentioned him.  I actually have mentioned him...not as often as I've mentioned Chip, but I did give him credit for spotting the Falcon bumper sticker the other day.  In fact, I've mentioned him 5 times during our trip so yes, he is with me, but he refuses to pose for photos with hardware or even doors.  Go figure.

By |2018-05-25T11:45:15-04:00August 14th, 2009|Chip Falcon Road Trip|0 Comments
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