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Friday, July 01, 2005
Highlights of the Week So Far
Even when our customers are being a tad eccentric they can be amusing. This was given to me in gratitude for helping to find Legion of Super-Heroes back issues.
"So, because it was kind of a sketchy neighborhood, and we weren't sure what it was going to be like inside, I decided to do the gentlemanly thing and go first." "And then what happened on your date?" "Well, we triggered a trap that made the floor drop out from under us and we were attacked by goblins."
Two of my co-workers discussing a "date" one of them went on. (No, it wasn't Mike. Or Kid Chris. Mike has a real-life flesh-and-blood girl-friend, and Kid Chris is, to put it bluntly, a tad over-sexed.)
Signs I'm not dealing with a future Nobel Prize winner: "Excuse me, could you please leave your skateboard under the table by the front door?" "What's a table?"
And that's when Dorian started beating his head against the wall: Can I help you find anything sir? "Yes, my nine year old son is sick, and I'd like to buy him some Marvel comics." Okay, what characters does he like. "Oh, he doesn't like super-heroes. But I liked Thor when I was a kid." ...Well, there hasn't actually been a Thor comic in a while, but I have the more recent issues over here. "No, I don't want the recent ones. I want comics for a little kid. The recent ones have too much sex and violence. Besides, I don't want comics anyway. I want the books. Ones that have the older Thor stories from when I was a kid, that weren't dirty." (I get this complaint quite frequently from people who have never actually looked inside the comics they're complaining about. But then, I get the "too much sex" complaint about reprints of Ditko Spider-Man, so I'm used to over-sensitive parents.) Well, in that case, I've got several books collecting Thor comics on this shelf here. The older ones will be in these two lines here, the ones that say "Masterworks" or "Essentials." "How much are these hardcover ones?" Those are $50 each. "What! It's legal to charge that much? You guys are rip-offs!" Well, the Essentials are much cheaper. Those are about $15 for about 500 pages of comics. "What! These are in black-and-white! You guys are rip-offs! I want color copies of all the old Thor stories, from back when it wasn't dirty, in a book that costs less than $10." There really isn't anything like that available. "How dare you not magically materialize the exact thing I'm looking for, despite the fact that what I'm looking for doesn't exist!" (Okay, he didn't actually say that last line, but that was the gist of his statement.)