Bumpkins

I just passed this guy first in the library and again outside while walking to my office. You should also understand that I do love my adopted small town in central PA before I continue. Back to the guy…

He was wearing grungy shorts and a matching (that is to say also grungy) mustard T-shirt. I suspect it was actually dyed that way, but from the size of his gut, it could have quite possibly been actual mustard. He had also donned the requisite ball cap (I may be breaking laws around here by not wearing one, but I’m a rebel like that.) Affixed to the back of the ball cap was his fishing license. Ask me how far away from a stream we are. Pretty far. This is a college campus, the fishing hole is that-a-way. It’s only a short drive, but still…

This is why people get stereotyped. Sure he could just be a fashion victim, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if you’re in a library on a college campus, you should try to look like you’ve at least heard of a book if not actually read one. I know that I may sound elitist, but I see this stuff every day. I don’t want to have to see it. It doesn’t take that much effort to clean yourself up. Take the extra 10 minutes out of your life and stop being a small town stereotype.

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