Thursday Doors – All Work and No Play

Outer Doors

My destination lies beyond that dark lobby.

Thursdays are usually a work day for me. Sometimes, I will take a Friday off, but four-day weekends are less frequent than the three-day variety. Most of the time, I am among the first people to arrive at our office. Those of us who arrive between 6:00 am and 6:30 are greeted by a mostly empty parking lot, a quiet lobby and a dark hall. Emergency lights only. In addition to those facts, my early rising coworkers tend to enter a different door, so I get to open the dark lobby.

At this time of year, late spring, this entrance is particularly depressing.

It’s light outside. Light enough for me to realize that I am leaving the wondrous surrounding of a gorgeous spring day. I let myself in to the building, still protected by its security system and I enter the quiet lobby. I hear my steps, across the lobby and up the stairs (trying to be healthy). I exit the well-lit stairwell (required by law) to the barely lit hallway and I spot the entry doors pictured here.

As I enter the lobby, I am greeted by the faux-frosted inner doors which are effectively masking the light that is shining through the patio doors that are about 10 feet beyond. It’s not until I am in the building, in the office, ready to work, that I can once again see the beauty of the fine spring day I have left behind.

It’s OK.

Later in the summer, the ambient light radiating through the frosting film will be enough to light up the lobby and spill out into the hall. My depressing entrance will repeat in the fall, but that is when I tend to take more time off, including those rare four-day weekends. Finally, in the winter, it will still be dark outside when I arrive and I won’t feel bad. I’ll be sitting in my office, basking in the warm glow of florescent fixtures while the sun slowly makes its way to the west side of this building.

Sorry for the melancholy entry to Norm Frampton’s normally upbeat Thursday Doors series – sometimes, you have to go with the way you feel. I hope your Thursday is bright and sunny. If you want to get in on the fun, visit Norm’s site at the above link and follow the very simple instructions. It’s easy, all you need is a door.

About Dan Antion

Husband, father, woodworker, cyclist, photographer, geek - oh wait, I’m writing this like I only have 140 characters. I am all those things, and more, and all of these passions present me with opportunities to observe, and think about things that I can’t write about in other places. I have started this blog to catch the stuff that falls out, overflows and just plain doesn’t fit the other containers in my life.
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32 Responses to Thursday Doors – All Work and No Play

  1. Great post. I admire the amount of wide spaces you get to use. Back home, its tiny homes, tiny offices and tiny restaurants. The only space that we enjoy here in big size is a shopping mall. That too, I believe is smaller in compare to what you guys enjoy. The patio right outside your cabin, I’ve seen homes of that size with 6-7 people living in. I can only imagine what horror you might experience when you fly down to India and see all this in real. :) By the way, what car you drive? just curious since I write a lot on American cars.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Sharukh. I do enjoy an abundance of space at work, I can easily host a meeting of 3-4 in my office (which happens a lot). We have what would be considered a smaller house and lot but I like it. I drive a Jeep Patriot which is kinda-sorta low-end but my requirement was that I could stick an 8′ board in it. The back seats drop and the front passenger seat folds forward, giving me about 8 1/2 to 9′ depending on what I’m moving.

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      • That’s a nice one. Never wrote anything on it, but I did write reviews on Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler. My favorite cars are Honda CR-V, Buick Enclave, Mazda CX5 and Hyundai Santa Fe. Never sat in any of these and I have no interest in buying one. I am, you can say, a public transport man, more than a private transport person. I love trains, sometimes buses, yet to travel in a plane. Never seen an airport as well. Can you believe it?

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        • Dan Antion says:

          Preferring trains is no surprise. Not flying, these days, that rare.

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          • Somehow I have become old-school. I prefer cash only, no checks or cards. I prefer trains, no flights. In fact, every member in my family has been on a flight, even my friends, neighbors, almost everyone I know. I, on the other hand, I haven’t even been to the airport once. Few reasons for that will be, trains are cheaper, I can buy the First Class AC tickets and still travel at almost half the cost of the flight. I dont like to get into all that security stuff, arrive early to the airport, check baggage and all that. For trains I can just get on with my travel, no irritating security checks. I need fresh air and the countryside view that flights cannot offer. When the train halts, I get down at the station, take a breath of fresh air, buy some local food, hop in and continue my journey. I can click pictures and do so much more. When I went to Nepal, I could’ve taken a flight that would take me 3 hours or so, but I took a a train-car-bus-taxi ride that took me 56 hours. My back was aching by the end of it, but the memories I made are priceless and will remain with me till I die. Plane might not give me the same adventure and experience. I am a weirdo :), ain’t I?

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  2. Charlie says:

    Dan, We apprciate you turning the lights on for us every day.

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  3. gpcox says:

    Your moods, even if melancholy, are enjoyable to read – you have quite a talent.

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  4. I think the doors are nice looking, and love all the glass. I just bought a new front door and our thinking was to get one with glass to allow some light into our dark hallway. I didn’t buy one with this much glass and hope I don’t regret that.

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  5. I always got to work early since I was up at 4:00 to exercise. (The gym was a block from work) I used to love the ‘before the crowd’ quiet. I’d make the coffee and get a head start on the e-mails. My boss caught on and started to show up early as well. He would ask me to join him and start the day with a massive to do list. I finally asked him why he supposed I came in early. He didn’t have an answer. “To get something done on my projects before helping you with yours,” was my response. That was the last day he came in early. I enjoyed this post even though you thought it was a downer.

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  6. Sammy D. says:

    I know what you mean about leaving the outdoors . In spring and summer I’d try to make occasional changes to my day so at least I could get a piece of each element. Running at dawn and working through lunch; working at dawn and enjoying a bench-by-the-stream lunch; working at dawn through lunch to skip out early for after work bike ride. That was the hardest one because our afternoon summer storms became less and less predictable which meant my bike plans were cx’d (not safe to ride in our summer storms!).

    I was lucky I could adjust my pattern – workdays were always 10-12 hours, but usually I could control which hours. Your office location and view are just about as outdoor as an indoor office can be!

    I liked how your piece depicted the seasonal changes indoors as you come to work. We often see only outdoor effects but indoors affects us too.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Sammy. I do try to get out. A coworker and I walk on nice days and my boss and a few of us walk & talk for coffee most mornings (even in the winter).

      I do love having a window office (it took 23 years) but it screws up the hvac control. Still, I’m not complaining. I’ve known people who have worked in underground facilities. I can’t imagine that, no natural light.

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  7. I think your response, if melancholy, is typical. I am moody about light, and get headaches easily, so dark or naturally lit spaces are my friend, and fluorescent lights are not.
    Classrooms are spectacular, since teachers control the lights AND the blinds. Office cubicles are only good if you’re on the outside, where there is less overhead lighting.
    My home is fabulous because southern light most of the day.
    It’s a good, relatable post :)

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Joey. The thing I really like about having an office is that I can turn the overhead lights off. I use a desk lamp and a floor lamp and a small lamp on a table. Unfortunately, the floor and table lamp have to have fluorescent bulbs, according to our lease. I’m glad you can relate. By the way, I always did kinda not like the fact that the teacher controled the blind :(

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  8. loisajay says:

    I am one of those who arrives early, also. I have two sets of double doors to walk through before I am inside our building and have to mind the sign “Please turn around to make sure the door is shut.” Your doors are so much prettier than mine. I liked this post!

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    • Dan Antion says:

      They are nice looking doors. I have to go through other (commercial) glass doors to get in the building, access cards and all that. At least this makes me feel like I’m entering a nice place.

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  9. I can totally relate to that melancholic feeling of leaving the outdoors behind and going into work. The worse for me was in the winter in the UK when it would still be dark when I entered the office, and it would be dark again when I left for the day — that was incredibly depressing. Do you get that in winter as well?

    Having a window through which you can see the spring is nice though – it means you’re not totally disconnected from the outside world.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I usually work from 6:30 am to 3:30 pm so I get out before the sun sets. I lived in Seattle, WA for a few years.I the winter, sunrise is close to 8:00 am and sunset around 4:00 so I know that experience. That is kinda sad. You’re right, the windows do help. My office has some issues (heat, cold and noise) but I really wouldn’t want to change beck to the interior office I had before. Thanks for dropping by,

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  10. John Hric says:

    I guess some day I will need to take some pictures of the doors to my garden… variety ! Thanks Dan !

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  11. Hi Dan. In the first picture the doors really did have a foreboding look — your mood was not surprising. The patio looks like a nice spot. I hope things turned around, and that you’ve had a fabulous Friday. Hugs!

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  12. Paul says:

    For me, it would be more depressing if it were fall/winter, and your arrival was in darkness. I get that you don’t want to be at work on a fine spring day, but man … I hate how the days are so short when cold weather rolls around. Maybe it’s because short days are associated with non-baseball weather. Anyway, good post!

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Fall is kind of depressing Paul but it’s the time of year that I tend to take a lot of days off. In the spring, I am in that “save my vacation days” mode. Winter is just depressing with respect to light, but I do love it when the days start getting longer. That’s like the expression my father used to repeat “it’s like hitting yourself with a hammer because it feels so good when you stop.”

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  13. dweezer19 says:

    That is how I feel about my window in my work up lane at the clinic. As I watch the Blue Heron fishing in the small pond or the cardinal flit about in the bush just outside I am torn between melancholy that I cannot grab my camera and run out to capture their beauty and being eternally grateful they have come to keep me company through what would otherwise be an uninspiring work day.

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  14. You get to work pretty early, Dan. I like getting to work early too, but not at 6:30. I like the peace and quiet as my morning unfolds. Nice pics of the doors. Neat idea to have frosted doors for privacy.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      It’s not totally my choice Elaine. I’ve been getting up early for years but I go in early to beat the traffic. If I leave at 6:05, I’m at my desk at 6:30. To get there by 7:30 (actual start time) I’d have to leave at 6:45. The bonus for me is when I leave a little before 6:00 and stop at Great River Park and spend some time next to the CT River.

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