Thursday/ a new garage door

“Open sesame!” (French: “Sésame, ouvre-toi”)
– a magical phrase in the story of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” in Antoine Galland’s version of One Thousand and One Nights.
It opens the mouth of a cave in which forty thieves have hidden a treasure.

My fancy new garage door & opener arrived today, brought by the technician that did the installation. It took five months after I had placed the order, but that’s OK.

I can do an ‘Open Sesame!’ in four different ways.
1. Press the button on the garage door opener (the one with a clip that I can put in my car);
2. Use the key pad on the outside (enter a PIN code);
3. Use my smartphone app to open it from anywhere (through my home’s wifi network);
4. If all else fails, use the emergency release handle on the door opener inside.

Just four panels, all white. (Yes, will have to see what the white looks like in a few months, but I can always paint it a darker color).
Four windows to let in a little gray Seattle sunlight in winter, and a bright LED light that jumps to life when I open the side door. There’s the rail and (top left) the torque spring that pulls or pushes the panels in the rail track. My old single-panel door had two coiled tension springs along the sides of the door frame, with brackets that had started to buckle— downright dangerous.
The door panels have insulated steel plating, front and back. The windows are plain and practical. There were rounded ones and decorative ones, and frosted panes to choose from as well.

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