My favorite user
We have this lady who comes in almost every day. Her name is A____. I always hated when Edgar Allan Poe did that. A____ is from somewhere in eastern Europe, I believe. She is in her late fifties and messes around on dating sites looking for her one true love. I never have understood how people like her can ask a librarian to proofread what is essential a love note to another stranger. Maybe people look on us like they do doctors. They think we are as incurious and unemotional about their personal correspondence as a doctor is about a patient's body and its peculiarities. We are but we still can laugh on the inside just like your doctor does when he sees you without your pants.
The best thing about A____ is her inability to read a computer screen. When she wants to add a picture to her profile on one of the dating sites will she will call one of us over and say, "I want to add picture. How do you do that?" We will then point to her screen and say "click here where it says 'add photo.'" For a while she was trying to sell a fur jacket on Ebay and that was even worse. Do you know how hard it is to walk someone through the Ebay sale form when they have no desire to read it?
At least she is polite. That goes a long way. I will spend a lot of time with her during one of her internet sessions because she is thankful and polite after you walk her through a process you did the week before.