On The Road

Exhibit “A” here on the left was left near the Library’s restrooms. The bag contained a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter. Sadly, someone, presumably a vagrant, forgot their dinner. If I learned nothing else by reading Kerouac’s On The Road it was that if you have bread and peanut butter you will never starve… Unfortunately someone undoubtedly went hungry that evening.

In other news I’m still largely off desk so the stories that I’m relaying I heard from my coworkers. First there was the guy who roamed the Library while carrying a lava lamp, LOL!  don’t think anyone ever saw him before or since but the entire time he was in the Library that day he never let go of his lamp.

Then there was the lady who signed in to use the Internet. She logged on and then draped her scarf over the monitor so that she couldn’t see anything on the screen yet sat there staring at it for about an hour. When her session ended she demanded more time. Realizing that the woman was a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic without hesitation my coworker allowed her more time. She smiled, thanked him for the extra time and then immediately turned and let the building.


~ by Woeful on January 16, 2010.

4 Responses to “On The Road”

  1. You know, I read Kerouac’s “On the Road” but don’t recall the peanut butter sandwich rule. The woman at the computer sounds mighty familiar though. At least the lava lamp guy might’ve been entertaining.

  2. Hi Angsty: Peanut butter and bread were staples to Kerouac’s survival. Actually, despite all the romantic fantasies that people take away from the book ol’ Jack was pretty damn miserable the entire time he was “on the road.” He was tired, wet, hungry, and either too hot or cold or any cmbination of all of these things for nearly the entire book. Sounds fun!

  3. What colour was the lava lamp? I like the blue ones

  4. I’m starting to wonder if there’s some sort of official homeless Uniform code. One that states that cheap winter hats must be worn at all times from Oct 31st to May1st, never, ever to be removed. I can spot the homeless pretty easily here in The Harold Washington library. They’re the ones that don’t remove any of their winter gear indoors.

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