My new ‘back way’ home from work has brought me in contact with several interesting doors. In addition to the doors I featured from the library and town hall and those of St. John’s Church, I’ve collected several random doors. Those of you in the door business know how that goes – you’re photographing the doors you’re interested in, and suddenly every door looks like a potential star. You use the main doors but decide not to use the other ones. Then, one day you find yourself with a bunch of understudy doors waiting for a chance to get on stage.
I kept thinking that I’d find a reason to talk about my work day. This week, I have just such a reason, and the reason is characterized by the featured door. You’re probably thinking: “it looks empty and dark.” That’s because it is EMPTY and dark!
That’s the office of a former training center for a Hartford-area financial institution and my coworkers and I could not be happier that they have moved o-u-t-out. The regular employees were nice enough people, but the students were slobs. You could tell when they were holding a class, simply by opening the door to the Men’s room (and, I’m told, the Ladies’ room). I’ve seen cleaner bathrooms in gas stations. The floors would be covered in paper towels, the sinks, counter and surrounding walls would be dripping with water, as if someone had given a dog a bath. I won’t take you any farther into the room, but let your imagination run wild. It would sometimes be so bad, that I would walk down to use the Men’s room in the lobby.
I don’t know what it is about people that makes them think that the floor is as good as the trash can, and that others should have to deal with their mess. However, I do know that you came here to see doors, and I have a collection of understudies ready to fill in for more famous doors.
Thursday Doors opens with a new cast, every Thursday in the Frampton Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Montreal, Canada. Thanks to Norm Frampton, Ltd. Each week’s production features stars, understudies and swings from around the world. Produced and directed by Norm, himself, the pageantry of a Thursday Doors run is not to be missed. Put on your finest jammies and robe, fill your glass with orange juice and head to the theater. Look for the usher – a stylish little blue frog – who will gladly seat you for the opening. Feel free to bring your own doors, there is always room in the cast, and even the extras shine.
Today’s gallery includes some doors along Main St. in East Hartford. I like them all. I’ve tried to explain in the captions. You can click on any photo to start a slide show if you want to read them. Note: The “usher” is a composite of icons from The Noun Project. I have a subscription, but I’m happy to attribute the work to them. You can use thier work for free, with attribution.