“Mail” Man & Other Eccentrics
My day began as a squirrelly looking guy apprehensively approached the Reference Desk. He looked me squarely in the eye and asked, “Have you been listening to the radio?” I looked around as if to say, “How the fuck would I be able to listen to the radio from ‘here’?”
Man [grinning from ear-to-ear] : Gonzalez resigned.
Me: I heard about that this morning.
Man [shit eating grin]: That makes me happy.
Me [wondering what he wants from me]: …
Man [still smiling at me]: …
Me: That makes me happy too.
The man, still grinning like a lunatic, nodded his head in approval and slowly walked away… This made me even happier.
Later in the day, I finally got word back about my inquiry into the guy who sent us the Snail Mail reference question a few weeks back. The Assistant Director (AD) of the library from the guys “hometown,” informed me that the guy in question is a convict doing hard time at the local prison. He has apparently made his rounds among libraries in the State asking similar questions and has, subsequently, had his mail privileges revoked for harassing people. The AD told me that her all-time favorite question from the guy was when he asked for information regarding gliders.
Haaaaaaaa! The guy thinks he’s, Snake Plissken.