Dope

A few days ago, a guy I’ve never seen before in the Library approached the Reference Desk and asked me for a book on stamps. The guy was noticeably drunk. His eyes were all glassy and he smelled heavily of booze. I asked him what kind of information he was looking for and he was stymied, so I began fishing…

Me: “Are you looking for stamp prices? Or the history of stamps? Or perhaps something about rubber stamps?” I continued, ” What exactly are you looking for?”

Patron: [slurring] “Gimme whayagot.”

Me: “Errr.. OK.” and I gave him the number for the Scott’s Catalog, “That’s 383S. It’s about as far away from here as you can get.” And I pointed in the general direction that he was to stagger towards.

Patron: [laughing and mumbling incoherently] As far away…OK!

Off he went never to be seen again… Until today.

Today as I was leaving, the guy was sitting on the back steps of the Library looking as glassy-eyed as ever. I asked him how he was and he mumbled something back incoherently. I walked past. As I caught up with a coworker, she commented that it looked like he had a bag of dope in his lap. I laughed. I didn’t see it, but I don’t doubt it.

Nothing like chillin’ @ the Library with a bag of weed, and a postage stamp catalog. Life doesn’t get any better than that!

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~ by Woeful on April 25, 2007.

12 Responses to “Dope”

  1. I always wonder – “Let’s spend the afternoon in the bar… and then go to the library!”?? If I spend the afternoon in a bar, I’m going home and watching kung fu movies, not stopping in to the library to do a little research. On Israelites. Or stamps.

  2. YNL, welcome to my little corner of library chaos! I don’t really get it either? I never had the urge to go to the library to do any research after I got blitzed. To each his own.

  3. Another good argument for admission prices to libraries, just like they charge at museums. If Dope had to shell out even a buck, he wouldn’t go there.

    Moo!

  4. Hi there Topiary Cow! The idea of an admission price runs contrary to professional philosophy. “Stamps” is a homeless guy. I don’t know the solution, but I believe this predicament has something to do with society failing these people. There needs to be a better freak filter in place preventing someone from reaching this point… Not that any solution would be 100% effective, but most of these people need some kind of medical attention that they aren’t getting for one reason or another.

  5. The weed doesn’t surprise me. Libraries are, unfortunately, ideal locations for drug deals, primarily because it’s often the last place cops would think of looking. That’s why they attract pedophiles, foot-fetish folks, Neo-Nazis, etc… see em all quite often.

  6. You know it Jason. Everyone thinks of the Library as a safe haven. NOT! I believe that a while back, a tutor who was dabbling in dealing on the side was using our facility for his operations… Nice gig.

  7. It’s about as far away from here as you can get.”

    Oh, what did you wear to work that day? A Freudian slip?

  8. You know it Jason. Everyone thinks of the Library as a safe haven. NOT! I believe that a while back, a tutor who was dabbling in dealing on the side was using our facility for his operations… Nice gig.

    Well, I used to buy weed from my local Hollywood video guy. I walked in drunk an stoned one night and in the loudest voice possible, I said, “You got any PORN?” This naturally led me straight into the arms of their resident dope dealer.

  9. God I used to have balls of steel.

  10. Now now, there’s nothing wrong with knowing that you want porn 🙂

  11. Yeah but the three marms standing in line didn’t need to know that.

  12. Not any more than you would need to know that they were renting “The Little Mermaid,” or “Flubber” anyway >:)

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