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Slow Walkers in Narrow Hallways
Aren’t the Same as Aisle Readers
Unlike obstructions in narrow hallways (i.e. slow walkers), they are not the same as those silent pillars who are searching for their next read in stores and libraries.
The crazy rants have returned!
So I don’t know about you but unless I’m like admiring some historically relevant scenery or spending time with peeps at some outdoor market or some shit, I tend to walk with a sense of purpose. This means that you best not be in my way—especially in narrow hallways—or else I’mma be all raged up inside. It’s not that I’m claustrophobic. I just have places to be. Now, I’m not an explicitly angry or destructive person; I say all of this facetiously and it’s unlikely that I’d call you out on it either. I’d just say “excuse me” and walk by. (Though there totally ought to be floor lanes everywhere for slower walkers and text-ers who want to take their time.)
But you know what I don’t find myself getting annoyed over?
Those who obstruct my way in bookstores and library aisles.
Now why is that?
(I have no idea.)
Unless there’s some black-market wildfire sale that has everyone amped up and throwing haymakers at each other to get the best discounts, there’s something calming in being surrounded by patrons looking to discover the same thing you’re searching for: a world to get lost in (fiction or otherwise).
It’s kind of like speed dating. You’re using your senses to spark that initial attraction while juggling those values and interests as it influences your judgment. Then sometimes, you hear a laugh or a question nearby while you’re with a suitor (re: the book held in your hand) and you catch a glimpse of what they’re invested in, in this case: their book.
This blind intent we have when we peruse shelves is purposeful and something I can empathize with. When you’re spending time in an aisle mostly reading what you have in front of you, there are times when you take notice what others have found interest in; and whether you like it or not, you make those snap judgments and take a temporary mental note. The cover? The book title? The person reading it? The section you’re in? All of these questions influence this goal of finding a book that requires your immediate attention.
It’s simply a different feeling and one that comes back to the common thread of purpose. Unlike having a destination to go to while walking down that hallway or sidewalk, when you’re in an aisle surrounded by books, you’re essentially looking for that path your mind should pivot towards. One is mostly physical and the other is mostly mental—that’s the difference—and that’s all I really have to say about that.
My pockets are filled with topics that aren’t rant-post worthy yet to grace your eyes. So this will do for now. Also: I have never done speed dating before so I’m just going off of what I think it might involve. #nojudgment
1) What is your opinion on slow walkers in public (assuming they aren’t tourists doing tourist-y things or those with accessibility problems)?
2) How do you feel about those who stand in aisles and read while you’re trying to find a book in the same section?
3) What’s the likelihood that you’d notice and become influenced by what other patrons are reading? How often do you spark conversations with them (i.e. if you’ve read that particular title)?
I think the majority of my post speaks for itself. Just geeeet outttt of my waaaaaaay.