I had always thought what fun it would be to re-wire a pair of those doors that have a detector above them and open in front of you – the other way round. Imagine the hilarity, as people approached the OPEN doors, only to watch them go “pshhhht” and CLOSE in their faces!
Well, I thought this would have to remain in my mind, until the other day, on a Thai train. I was sat at the end of the carriage, next to the doors – which were open. This was annoying, ’cause the nice cool air was going out, while NOISE was coming IN.
I noticed that the main switch was turned to “close”. Since they were open, this was strange. So when no-one was looking, I set the switch to “auto”. The doors remained open. Huh? Then a man approached the doors and they slammed SHUT, pinning him between them.
As he struggled to free himself, the truth dawned upon me. My dream had come TRUE! Some clot had actually wired the doors the WRONG WAY ROUND!
This ought to be good, I thought. I sat there innocently, watching a progression of people who – depending on how fast they were going – either walked INTO the doors, had to SHOOT through them – or got PINNED, like the first guy.
The best ones were the waiters. One actually had his TRAY pinned by the doors – he took his hand from underneath and the tray remained suspended there.
Finally, a young waiter arrived with a tray of teas. SPECTACULAR! He went one way, the tray another – and the tea went everywhere!
Eventually, a technician arrived and after examining the doors, came to the same conclusion I had and switched them back to “close” – which of course was open.
Zen. Even though I now had to contend with the extra heat and noise once again, I figured it was worth it – for the entertainment I’d had!