I like snooping around libraries. I wouldn’t call it a hobby or anything, but put me in one I’ve never been in and I’ll wander around aimlessly if you don’t reign me in. I was at the older library on campus today to pick up Maus, and though I’d been there countless times before, I was feeling a bit adventurous. I thought I’d come across my find for the day when I found a two by three foot atlas of circa-1633 Japan but there was another little surprise in store for me.
Like I said, it’s one of the older libraries on campus, so it has a little alcove for housing the card catalog. All the cards are gone of course and it’s been turned into a lounge with a few computers for searching the catalog though the drawers are still there. I opened a few next to the computers to see if anything had been left, but no such luck. Surveying the room, I noticed the numbered drawers went up past 1400. Hmm, I wonder if…
Crappy cell-phone camera strikes again, but that’s drawer “1337”. Yeah. There’s a phone number written on the Post-it note. Do I dare?
“Yeah, Hi. I found your phone number at Doheny Library…”
“Oh, yeah, right. That thing. That was just a joke back in…”
“Okay. Because, of course, it was in drawer 1337.”
“So… want me to throw the note away in case someone else finds it?”
“Okay, I’ll do that. Bye.”
A little anti-climactic I guess. If I lived in a video game, this would totally initiate the side-quest that nets you the game’s ultimate weapon. Still, who doesn’t enjoy a little mystery in their daily routine?