Not too terribly long ago, I found my way through the infinitely interconnected internet to a website that was shucking “quick connect” fittings. Last night, through a completely different series of clicks and links and jumps (well, probably completely different, anyway—I don’t keep track), I found myself back at that same website, but on a different page.
This page was promoting the company’s “quick disconnect” products. Quick connect and quick disconnect, to my sleep deprived mind, seem to go 100% hand in hand—if something connects quickly, doesn’t it stand to reason that it would also disconnect quickly? (And vice versa.)
However, in thinking about it a bit more, I determined that maybe this isn’t the case. There are, I realized, plenty of things that go one way quickly, but are much slower on the way back (and vice versa).
For example, say your shoelaces are giving you sass, so you double knot them. This is a pretty quick process, just an extra loop swoop, really. But untying a double is not that easy. (See what I did there?) Locking the door to one’s house on the way out takes but a fraction of an instant, but unlocking that door takes considerably longer—pull out your keys, select the right one, slip it in the keyhole, turn.
So, perchance a quick connect and a quick disconnect aren’t necessarily one and the same. There could well be safety features in each that make connecting or disconnecting a more involved process, to prevent accidental disconnection or… well, accidental connection doesn’t seem like it would be possible, really. But still, you see where I’m going with this, yes?
I couldn’t find out, via the website, if there is such a thing as a quick connect/disconnect, i.e. something that connects quickly and disconnects in the same way. It stands to reason that there would be, but what do I know? I wasn’t even aware that a quick connect and a quick disconnect weren’t the same thing until like 20 minutes ago.