I’m of the philosophy that you can either laugh or cry about things that happen. I usually try to laugh at weird stuff happening. So that’s what I’ve been doing this week at work. Suitable, because I had my 40th birthday this week to!
Monday one of my colleagues told us that one of our regulars is going to lose his apartment and felt horrible for him.
This man btw is a refugee and claims he's a doctor, always wants to come discuss politics from his home country, always dress very nice, always carry a briefcase, well dressed (but with a lot of clothes even in summer)... Claims though that everyone he has to deal with is SOOO rude and OBVIOUSLY racist! Not us librarians though. Strange that.
Anyway, he’ll end up homeless. A shame, and we do feel sorry for him, but what can we do? More than give him advice on where to turn to?
We find out that the apartment he’s been living in for 17 years is… a student residence… only for students. 17 years… *shakes head* Did I mention that this man is probably in his late 60’s?
Right, so onwards.
Apparently the guy that owns this apartment is a friend of his, so he gave him 11 months before he had to leave, but he hasn’t found anything. (Lack of trying???) And he is unemployed, because of course. And he claims the social services doesn’t give him any help because they’re SO RUDE! (Implying they’re racists as well.)
And so he asked us if he could keep a briefcase in our magazine with his laptop and his important papers in it? Acting desperate and so my colleague, who was afraid he’d collapse right then and there, said sure, sure… A briefcase is fine. We have room. Collect your papers and come on Monday.
Monday arrive. I work my first day together with another colleague as well, so there’s three of us.
He arrives and asks to use our small baggage wheels. Then he returned… with two big moving boxes! And instead of returning the baggage wheels, he apologized and said he’d return with some more… And did so, the briefcase, a plastic bag… and ANOTHER moving box!
Me and colleague go: WTH????
And it’s continued like that. My other colleague, older and from the same country originally, went above and beyond to help him.
We’ve all given him suggestions on what to do, who to call. But we mostly just get the response that everyone are so RUDE and hard to talk to. (Again, implying everyone’s racist.)
Finally my older colleague got her husband (!) to take the car and drive all his things to a magazine and helped him pay up the frist rent.
The other colleague has TRIED to help him sign up for different sites to find a new apartment, but he just can’t do it not even after we’ve shown him how to several times on very simple sites, he just doesn’t get how to do it.
We’ve all agreed on that it seems as if there’s something wrong with him. He can’t do ANYTHING on his own! He needs someone to stand RIGHT next to him pretty much holding his hand and telling him in detail what to do.
Also, he revealed his not a doctor but has studied at a medical university, just not as a doctor. Well, hello there. Why am I not surprised.
All he seems to want to do is discuss politics. Especially the politics of his home country. Online and in RL. And he never stops.
Anything else and he doesn’t know how to do it. Or how to deal. Also, it’s everyone else's fault and everyone’s a racist and/or rude. Except librarians, apparently. We’re good and nice. (Even me, purple hair, black clothes and all. I’m surprised I haven’t been called a racist…)
I did mention this man is in his late 60’s?
How even??? He’s been our favorite topic of discussion, because seriously??? *shakes head*
At least this first week hasn’t been boring? X-D Because we have more of these strange characters coming to this here library… X-D
Also, I had a lovely visit from my mom, her gentleman caller and my MIL on my birthday. :-D We had a really lovely time with nice food and all. And I got some NICE flowers as well! The HUGE birthday bash is going to go off start of August! :-D
The weekend has been lazy and nize. The biggest event was shopping groceries, pretty much. Good thing that, next week I’m going to the yearly post apocalyptic LARP. It’s going to be AWESOME!!!
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I can't write a long post right now but I just wanted to thank MCR for everything they have done as a band and after. You guys stood for something; you stood for friendship, being unabashedly yourself, and never giving up. You guys, Gerard, Frank, Mikey, Ray, and even Bob, helped me and millions of others through your music.
Thanks. I'll never stop running.
In a complete subject change. I've seen Dunkirk, the new Spiderman and Planet of the Apes films lately. I enjoyed them all in very different ways. I saw Dunkirk in the imax yesterday, and my ears were ringing coming out. It's a film with a heck of an emotional impact, and have to admit to being impressed with Harry and his acting.
Last Sunday I went to the christening of my youngest niece and nephew. James was at work so it was just me and Corey taking on the roles of Godparents. It was a nice enough day, a bit chaotic at the party afterwards, but that was always going to be the case with so many kids going.
Corey's had a bit of a nightmare with his house. The owners have had it up for sale for nearly a year now, but the letting agents have said all along that it was being sold with the understanding it came with tenants living there, and they'd be able to stay until the end of their third year. Sadly it didn't end up like that, and a fortnight ago they were told they had to be out by the end of next month.
Thankfully they've managed to find another house. It's a bit cheaper, but another ten minutes walk away from Corey's main uni building, so he's got a half hour walk unless he buys a cheap metro ticket. And of course there's another set of admin fees and deposits to pay. He should get his damage deposit back from the house they're in now, but I suspect the agents are going to pull a fast one and say damage has happened.
Yesterday I was at a travel agents asking about holidays as we're planning on going abroad next year. The lady we talked to was so good, I told her I'd never been abroad, James had only been to France and neither of us had flown, so we had no idea where to go. So she showed us a few options, gave a few ideas, and now we need to narrow things down a little before going back. I still can't believe we're doing it, like I told her yesterday, it feels like the world is opening up to me, and that's so cool.
I've just posted the story I started for picfor1000 and then abandoned for another idea. As it's a picfor1000 it's Gerard and Mikey centric, a bit of fluff, and has lots of talk about Muppets. It's Time to Play the Music.
ETA: I knew I'd forgotten something. We've bought tickets for Chase Park a music festival that's set up so people with disabilities can attend easily. There's no one well known playing, but it's local, the tickets are cheap, and I think it's going to be a great day.
Fandom: Marvel Comics/Supernatural
Characters: Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester, Kate Bishop, America Chavez
Length: 3,479 words
Content Notes: no warnings apply. written for fan_flashworks
Summary: Sam and Dean find themselves in a world other than their own and need a little help finding their way home. Kate Bishop is hanging out in a motel in California and may just be able to lend a hand.
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