“I’m a mysterious guy.” A porcupine faced man standing next to me says apropos of nothing. He’d been chattering in my right ear for about ten minutes. I wasn’t his only victim. At least three others had died of boredom and been carted away by friends and family. It took that long for him to get to my ear.
“I swap out cars every two weeks.” Because you’re that bad a driver? “I don’t want people to know what I’m doing. Where I’m going.” Who’d want to?” I can go anywhere I want.” Can you go there now? “I go everywhere. You’ll never figure me out.”
“I’m not trying to.”
“Good because you’d just get frustrated. I wouldn’t even try because you’ll never figure me out. I might swap out cars at a moments notice and go to the library. You’d never find me.”
“Unless I gave your picture out to all the librarians in the area and had them call me when you showed up.”
“Why would you do that?” His eyes went from wide to slits in a breath. I looked at him and squinted.
“You’ll never figure me out.”
His eyes got wide once again. Then he laughed. An unconvinvced laugh at best as he says in a half hopeful tone.
“You’re pulling my leg.” I say nothing. I just look at him. The less I say the better. For me. I can see the wheels in his head spin like they’re stuck in Indiana mud. “What bars do you go to?”
“This one.” I answer.
“What others?” I want to get phone books from the three adjoining states and hand the “Bars” pages to him.
“That’s on a need to know basis and you don’t need to know.”
“Why are you such an asshole?” How come so many of my conversations come to this?
“I’m not an asshole. You just can’t figure me out.”
As I watched him try to blink himself out of his mind muck I noticed he was slowly backing away.
Just what I figured he’d do.