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January 22nd, 2002

Doorbell Etiquette

When you visit a person’s house, how many times do you ring the doorbell?

I find that two rings, maybe a minute apart, are sufficient. Three, maybe in a pinch or a moment of panic. But by then, I just shrug my shoulders and say, “That person isn’t home!” Passersby look at me funny, too, because they realize I’m talking to a door.

The reason I ask, other than curiosity, is that yesterday we apparently had a visitor at our house when we weren’t around; this guy rang the bell four times and then rapped on our window! That’s persistence.

I can understand the persistent ringing, to a point, but rapping on a window should be reserved for the police and maybe, maybe Steve Jobs. -pm

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday January 22, 2002 -- 12:43:03 am
One.. If they don't answer I light their home on fire and wait by the hydrant in the yard.

FROM: Alex
DATE: Tuesday January 22, 2002 -- 5:21:56 am
I usually ring about two or three times, but if it's my own house I ring as much as I damn well please.

FROM: corey [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 22, 2002 -- 8:16:38 am
if you weren't home, how do you know how many times he rang/knocked?

was the person carrying a large PCH check?

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 22, 2002 -- 8:40:52 am
Corey: if you weren't home, how do you know how many times he rang/knocked?

Our upstairs neighbor.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 22, 2002 -- 9:42:35 am
I ring until someone opens the door. As an avid stalker, I always know when someone's home.

FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Tuesday January 22, 2002 -- 12:24:33 pm
This ping made me realize that I don't have a doorbell, but I wish I did. When people knock, they usually pound as hard as they can (or so it seems) and the loud, sudden sound scares me nine times out of ten. Maybe it's that rabbit DNA I had spliced into me.

FROM: fresh
DATE: Tuesday January 22, 2002 -- 9:45:50 pm
the ol poop on fire in teh bag trip gets um out there quick

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 22, 2002 -- 10:19:18 pm
"I keep bangin' the door, keep bangin' the door . . . If he were here I know he'd let us in."

Ah, there's a Public Image Ltd. lyric to address all of life's problems.

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