1.25.2009

Door Stopper

Informant: Female/24/Korean ancestry
Location: Kaimuki, Oahu

My apartment was on the side of the building that got the best breeze. Because of this, all the doors in the apartment had to be closed carefully. If they were let go, they would slam so hard the hinges would come loose. I had to have a repair man come to fix that problem once with my front door, and was careful not to let the door slam ever since.

The bedroom doors were also subject to severe slamming. I secured my door with a case of blank CD’s most of the time. One day I was sitting at my computer, and I saw out of the corner of my eye my unsecured door start to close. I braced myself for the violent slam, but right before it slammed, the door stopped abruptly, as if someone had grabbed it. Then the door opened slightly, and closed gently.

What freaked me out the most was that it looked like someone had grabbed it right before it slammed, opened it wide enough to walk into the room, and closed it gently behind them. Was it a strange wind vortex phenomenon? I’ll never know. I had never seen it happen before, and I never saw it happen again.

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