Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Let your Freak Flag Fly @ the Library! 

Image hosted by Photobucket.comAn older man, probably in his sixties, strolled by the reference desk on his way to get some tax forms. He was dressed in a flowing red cape, a lycra Superman top and a red speedo. His bottom half was bare, except for the speedo, but he did have an oversized captain’s hat perched at a jaunty angle on his head. Thoroughly accustomed to this kind of spectacle, neither patrons nor library staff batted an eye as the man went about his business at the library…

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been hiding out in a college library for so long I'd almost forgotten the joys of the city reference desk in the public realm. Here's my favorite reference question of all time: "Do you have maps of uncharted islands?" (Um, err, well ... no, actually, we don't)
Just as long he is not getting his freak ON at the library its totally cool, right?
Thankfully, we don't have to deal with that tired fantasy nearly as much as academic libraries do. There's definitely some cruisy action happening in the men's bathroom, but I haven't heard of amorous couples getting it on in the stacks with any sort of regularity. There's a hilarious novella called Bibliophilia about an LSU librarian who's tasked with patrolling the stacks with a large cow bell to ring when she comes across college kids in flagrante.
Hey wait- was that the WHOLE outfit? What kind of shoes was he wearing? Please tell me he was wearing red superman boots.

The new look for spring, ladies and gentlemen...
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