A Word on Door Holding

Hold the Door

I am not an uncivilized man (for the most part). I know that it is common courtesy to hold the door open for someone and I always give a polite “thank you” when someone does it for me (not to brag) but something happened yesterday that changed all that.

When walking back to my dorm talking with John “The Brow” Agnitti I saw people entering in front of us. I didn’t think anything of it until I noticed they weren’t going in. Then it hits me- they are waiting for me to go in.

The only problem was that I was literally figuratively a mile away from the door. I had to break into a full blown Usain Bolt sprint to get there without it becoming an awkward approach. I gave my usual “thank you” but then I wondered, was the act really worthy of thanks?

While the act in question may have been well intentioned, it ended up putting a real burden on myself. Nobody should have to go through what I experienced so I feel it is only right to draw attention to an issue nobody seems to be talking about; Premature Door Holding (PDH).

I’ve drawn up a diagram to depict proper etiquette so this issue never happens again:


I’m honestly still a little shaken up by the whole ordeal but if we as a society agree to these rules I truly believe the world will be a better place and (I know I’m ambitious) I am confident we can rid ourselves from the horrors of PDH within the next 100 years.


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