I usually don’t rip pages so directly from my life and blog them here but this little doozy just happened to me about 10 minutes ago so if I’m on page 457 right this moment, this incident happened right around page 456.
So I’m walking down the street to the store (I work in a downtown area) on my lunch break. The wind is at my back, the sun on my face, ear buds are in and I’m jammin to some Amir Sulaiman. Revelry.
All of a sudden something (someone?) initiates contact with my person (yall are gonna hafta tolerate the legalese verbiage but for some reason I feel like I’m dictating for a police report). At first I think it’s my imagination but no, there is someone in my periphery. A tall, hulking figure. I turn around to fully take in the situation and simultaneously the expletive laced inner narrative that is usually relegated to my head and doesn’t escape my lips liberates itself and flies out full force…The f*%@?!?! I was truly startled yall.
I pulled out my earbuds and stared at the gentleman with a look of disgust mingled with a little fear. It wasn’t a deserted area but there really weren’t many people around and we were close to an alley. The long and short of it is that the guy was apparently a patron in our library and recognized me from there.
Me: But dude, you can’t just do that!
Him: I was calling you but you ain’t hear me.
Me: Calling me? You know me?
Him (looking thoroughly hurt and confused): I’m sorry you don’t have to worry ’bout me bothering you ever again.
Me (still feeling violated but also like I was too harsh): Yeah! Not cool!
I then hurried on my way, looked back and he was gone. This got me to thinking about working with the public. I guess they really do feel like they know you and should have some kind of special access to you. I work at the public library so my adoring public includes wino’s, ex-cons and folks who are one pickled pepper short of a full peck. The cuckoo’s nest aint got nothin on us. Did I owe it to the institution that I represent to be more understanding to that personal space invading, groove interrupting, patron?
I dunno. But I think I will cut celebs a little more slack. Can we honestly expect them to be gracious and benevolent every single time they’re approached? They have the most public job and we always expect them to be ‘on’. On the other hand their perks are waaaaaaaaay better than that of a Librarian. They get to jet set, have ‘the help’ do everything they don’t wanna do, eat the best food AND get free stuff thrown at them. What do I get? Access to a dazzling array of bookmarks and 1st dibs on the good broken down cardboard boxes?
So what have we learned today? Celebs DO owe it to us to appear to be happy as clams when we accost them in public. Librarians, on the other hand, have the right to be surly and sassy. Especially when we’re accosted in public. I was jammin to Amir Sulaiman man. Amir Sulaiman!
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