The Life of Bon: SHHH!!! We're in a library for crying out loud!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

SHHH!!! We're in a library for crying out loud!

Lately I've been spending a bit o time at the good ole public library.  This is because my computer is slow and the library's computers are fast.  Simple enough?

I'll clue you in to a couple of things here- the folk that habitually use the public computers at the library are an interesting folk.  You've got young and old, black and white, bond and free.  Perfect for people watching. Not so good for people-be-quiet!  I'm used to going to the BYU library where everyone is very uptight about being quiet.  I guess I took the silence for granted.  Compared to my alma mater's library, this place sounds like a freaking rock concert.  People are answering their phones, getting in arguments, and screaming profanities at their neighbors.  No, this is not BYU.

While at the library I've overheard a couple of gems.  Please, so we can all have a better day, allow me to share those with you.

An abnormally skinny, high strung lady shouting into her phone, "Eighty six dollars?!?  You think I owe you eighty six dollars?!?  ARE YOU SMOKING SOMETHING?!?"

A kid was humming while playing a video game and obviously wasn't aware that he was humming loud enough to distract everybody.  The old man sitting next to him gave him several crusties and even asked the librarian if she could see about "turning down the music."  The librarian had no idea what he was talking about.  Finally the old man looked at the kid and said, "Pardon me... can you stop making that concert?!?"  The kid stopped humming.

A man with a long beard and an Italian accent on the phone, "Can you believe it?  The guy keeps calling me because he wants to fight with me about religion!  I don't even know a thing about religion!"

A teenage girl shouting on the phone loud enough for the entire library to hear, "Dad!  What's my password?!  I'm trying to log into my hotmail account and YOU changed the password!  BLT bomb?!?  Why in the @%*$ did you change my password to that?!"

And of course, I can't forget this gem.  I can only hope my kids will go out in public with hair like this:


You guys ever overhear weird things in libraries?  Or other public venues?  Do tell, Do tell!

Read here for other precious things overheard in computer labs.

20 comments:

  1. haha, those are classic! i especially love the old man telling the boy to stop that concert.

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  2. oh my gravy. This is hilarious! We have some "gems" at our public library, too....

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  3. Goodness! Sounds almost as good as Walmart!

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  4. umm I may or may not have laughed my head off just now. Like..really obnoxiously. I don't know if you're following me on instagram, but I took a photo of a boy and I mentioned how I wanted to shank him..or kick him in the shins. YOU'RE AT THE LIBRARY. SHUT UP! hahahaha. Thank you!

    Amanda at: http://weandserendipity.blogspot.com

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  5. I love the library, but not when I have to remind someone where we are.

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  6. Hahahah! I LOVE this! Some people don't seem to have common sense... Especially in quiet places! I guess I don't eavesdrop like you do tooo much, but there is this one customer I have that sonstantly is telling me more about her love life than I could ever want to know.. It was pretty awkward, haha.

    Here's the link to a post about it if you want to read it :) http://vanessawittmer.blogspot.com/2012/06/love-lives-of-detwilers-customers.html

    xoxo Vanessa @ He Says Newcastle

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  7. This is too funny! Why have I not had experiences like this at my local public library?!

    http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com

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  8. Too funny! Working at Disneyland I always overhear the weirdest conversations! It's so weird what people are willing to divulge quite loudly in public haha.

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  9. When I was in middle school I had to use the library's computers because we didn't have internet. I always brought along my Discman to tune everybody else out. Good times.

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  10. Notice that most of your examples have a phone involved. It drives me insane when I go to the library and I hear someone talking on the phone. I try to at least put my phone on vibrate. Turn off the phones while in the library people!

    Xo Lourdes

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  11. Your library is WAY funner (yes I like funner over more fun, because it's just funner to say.. I don't know).

    The most exciting thing going on at my library is the kids trying to claw each others eyes out (quietly mind you) to get to the computer to play Poptropica

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  12. Oh my goodness, the hair on that kid! People watching at the library is always great, you truly do have an interesting collection of people!

    Colleen
    Daybydaydarling.blogspot.com

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  13. Hahaha!! Oh gosh. Last time I was in a public library it was the same kind of shenanigans.

    Seriously, I overhear the best/weirdest things from my coworkers. They're probably the people who hang out in the public library. It's been so ridiculous I've started a series on them: http://michellesncheese.blogspot.com/2012/07/overheard-at-office-take-four.html

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  14. Bonnie, oh my! How funny! I think I would be feeling extremely awkward if I was watching that all go down! Too funny! :)

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  15. HAHA I love this. It's incredible the conversations people will have in public libraries. One time these teenage girls at the table next to me were (loudly) talking about their sexual escapades from the previous night. I'm talking loud and in detail. I felt so uncomfortable.

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  16. Ha! Your library sounds quite entertaining. I've heard my fair share of older patrons shouting into cell phones for various reasons (when it is clearly stated that cell phone use is prohibited)! I enjoyed looking around your blog a bit. Thanks for stopping by Cave Princess. Now I'm following you!

    Krista Morgan
    www.caveprincess.com

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  17. Oh my gosh! I love this! What hair! So, the week before I left to France, I headed to the Orem library. Ahead of me, in line, was a lady in shorts with--I kid you not--fur covered legs. They were hairier and fuzzier than many men legs I have seen. I also took a picture of them and will have to show it to you.

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  18. Your library sounds awesome....I think I would go there just to sit and observe all these people sometimes! All of these people sound so unreal, but hilarious.

    My library is usually quiet and deserted when I go, so no funny stories to tell.

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  19. hahahaha have you ever been to overheard in ny? or overheard in the office?

    those sites crack me up all the time.

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  20. Oh man, those are truly some gems. I don't even know whether to start at the lady with the bed head or the grandpa telling the boy to "turn down the music" or with what I assume was a woman telling the librarian that she wasn't going to pay the $86 fine. Haha!!!

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