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June 18, 2004

Mistress of the Oblivious

A courier came by to pick up a book we were lending to another firm, but no book had been set out on the counter. Total aging bike messenger/skate punk vibe, ruggedly cute and scruffy. He reminds me of someone...wait, he looks just like the guy I saw on Sex & the City last night, the guy Carrie went out with who owns a comic book shop on St. Mark's Place but lives with his parents on the Upper West Side. He waited while I made phone calls to the other firm and we checked our shelves for the title.

I was so focused on sorting out the problem that I didn't notice the finer details of his person. We made eye contact while he observed that for being so high up his Nextel wasn't working, and I mentioned that I never got good cell signal up here either.

Turns out we didn't have the book, so he left. Afterwards, my boss came up to me and said she couldn't look at him in the eye because she kept staring at his ears. The blank look on my face astonished her.

"You mean you didn't see the holes the size of dimes in his ears?"

So naturally I had to tell her the story of how I'd passed a dead body on Canal St. and didn't know it until my sisters told me.

I really should try not to have such tunnel vision. But then again, at least I was able to talk to the guy and see him as a person. Even if I did miss the giant gaping holes in his ears.

Yours, &c., LC | 01:59 PM | Librariana , Slice o' Life | Comments (2)

Comments

I enjoy your blog, Lady Crumpet!

I think I can relate to the tunnel vision. I have twice, inadvertently, ended up on Hollywood film sets, mistaken for an extra, in this not-so-big Canadian city.

Posted by: GaelicGrl at June 20, 2004 09:59 AM

Thanks, GG!

When I lived in NY, who knows how many famous people I walked past or bumped into and didn't realize it, because I had my head down and was speeding down the sidewalk? It's become a running joke for me, though it's still cause for consternation.

Posted by: Lady Crumpet at June 21, 2004 09:13 AM