Ed-vise: Garage Door

A not windy GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, no wind this morning. So already a win for me! Despite being super tired.

What Would You Do Wednesday Ed-vise today. Cause its’ WEDNESDAY! And I do love WEDNESDAYS!

One of the things I love to do is People Watch. I think I picked it up a long time ago when I lived in Spain.

I love to just sit and watch people. Especially in airports. That’s probably the best location to watch natural human emotion. Pre-9/11 it was much more fun.

In my work as a Safety Consultant, I get to watch people work all over the place. No, I don’t stand and stare at them to try and make them uncomfortable. It’s not a bar…usually.

The other day I was watching a roofing job in action. The work was in an upper end suburb with, I will say, some UGLY ASS HOUSES. I mean you’d think that if you had a bunch of cash you’d be able to buy a not ugly house. But I digress.

While watching the roofers in action, a person pulled up to the house next door. She jumped out of her car, walked to her garage door, and pushed the code. The garage opened at a casual speed. She walked in. Probably about 5 – 10 seconds later, the garage door closed. Same speed.

She did not know me from Adam. Didn’t know the roofers from anyone. Just went through her normal routine of going in and out of her house.

Notice anything wrong about this scenario?

Complete strangers in the neighborhood. No other familiar people in the cul de sac. Enters the code on the key pad and goes into the garage. Garage door opens nice and slow which delays her entry into her house. Plus, if a criminal decided to chase, they would break the safety beam which would cause the door to re-open.

So, What Would You Do if you noticed a person standing by their car in the cul de sac you live in watching a roofing job?

A common problem in today’s world (probably throughout history) is getting into routines and habits. Getting into these habitual routines, so deep, that we fail to recognize things that are not normal. Furthermore, when we see something normal, we don’t deviate from the routine.

I can guarantee that this person’s routine of going through the garage to enter the home is something she has done a million times. Never even thought twice about it.

A bit of Ed-vise for you all: take a look around. If you notice someone (a stranger), don’t go through the garage door. Unlock your front door (or back door) and go in that way. You have a much faster closing action with that front door than you do with a motor driven garage door.

There is a time and place for everything. When you are alone and entering your house, with strangers in the ‘hood, don’t rely on your garage door. Go through the front door. It’s much safer.

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Be the person a stranger would do CPR on. Check in on each other and remember what the Cell said when his sister stepped on his foot…MITO-SIS! HAHHAHAHAHAHA…that’s science funny right there!


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