Rules are a part of life, and more

By Max R. Weller

For example: Boulder Public Library Rules of Conduct. These are really easy to abide by, if you’re willing to use common sense and show some respect for yourself and others.

For purposes of comparison, see: Seattle Public Library Rules of Conduct. Note this one, under Category A (Library Specific Violation) — “Having offensive body odor or personal hygiene so as to unreasonably interfere with other patrons’ ability to use the Library and its facilities.” I’ve lobbied to have a provision like this to address the stinkers who frequent BPL’s Main Branch at 1001 Arapahoe for years, without success. In fact, at one point I even offered to donate $100 worth of Ivory bar soap which could be passed out to anyone here with offensive body odor, as they were being escorted from BPL premises.

Trying to concentrate on what you’re doing at a Main Branch computer station is nearly impossible when the individual seated next to you smells like a combination of overripe dumpster contents and gangrenous feet, with skunk weed tossed into the mix. I continue to hold out hope that the BPL powers-that-be will see fit to correct this oversight in the current Rules of Conduct:

No More Stinkers!

And, to illustrate how some misguided people think that BPL staff isn’t doing enough to accommodate the worst-behaved transients, here’s a comment by “Frank Hickenlooperwooper Sturgell” copied from the Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow Facebook Wall:

It wouldn’t take much either. A small space where people are allowed to sleep. Building storage lockers underneath the library for backpacks would also be a big help. This could be done quite cheaply by making them in place.

WTF? Isn’t that what Boulder Shelter for the Homeless provides for the homeless (bunks and lockers) from October 15th through April 15th? Really, Frank, turning our public library into another homeless shelter is NOT going to happen . . .

Maybe BPL should provide a kennel, too, to make the so-called Travelers happy:

I prefer the idea of giving them bus tickets out of Boulder, and turning the poor dogs over to the Humane Society for adoption by folks who will provide proper care.

Aren’t there scores of underage kids living on the streets here in the Boulder Bubble? I’m curious why this girl is getting so much attention, in the apparent absence of any suspicion of foul play: Boulder police investigate disappearance of Hana Shae Pendergrast, 17 in the Daily Camera. There has to be more to the story, but DC reporters don’t know how to ask good questions of the authorities (or of anybody else, for that matter).

Tonight at my campsite: McDonald’s double cheeseburgers. A rare treat, indeed!

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