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June 27, 2018

Today, the Cartoon Bear returned to the quiet room. He did not fart this time but did answer his phone. His ringtone sounded like the Tetris theme. His conversation went like this:

"Hello?"

"HELLO?"

"HELLO!"

Pause.

"Hello?"

Another pause, and I could hear someone on the othe...

June 8, 2018

Today, I shared the quiet room with the older guy who usually wears a green or yellow trucker hat, but today he was hatless. I saw him coming through periodicals, waving off invisible insects with his book. I assume he came into the quiet room to avoid the shrieks and...

May 24, 2018

Today, I watched a young man do sprints outside the quiet room. I could see him zip past the back windows, back and forth on the outdoor patio. Zoom, zoom, walk a couple laps, repeat.

He was wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes, so I imagine this was a preplanne...

May 18, 2018

Today, I shared the quiet room with Scarface for the fifth day in a row. Well, I had to sit in periodicals like an animal two of those days, but he was there. The quiet room was busting this week.

One day a kid with a runny nose sniffed wetly every 30-45 seconds. I time...

May 2, 2018

Today, Mr. Redneck came back. I neglected writing about him yesterday because I hoped he was just passing through.

He sprawls over a table, wraparound sunglasses on his head, looking pissed off to be here. I imagine he thinks libraries are for nerds. He made a big show...

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