Q: Can you recommend me a book? I like everything.
A: No - no you don't. Nobody likes everything. And if you were truly the exception, you wouldn't need my advice; since, as someone who literally cannot be disappointed, you would just close your eyes and pull a random book off the shelf. And you would like that book. You would like everything about that book. You would even like the cover, and the blurbs on the front, and the ragged faux-antique page edges.
Whereas all I like is the world "blurb." It makes me giggle.
Q: Omigod I love the Twilight books!!! Have you read them?
A: Just the first one. I vomited glitter and Mormonism into a bowl formed out of dead feminism immediately after. Coincidence?
Q: What's the cheapest thing you have in here?
Q: I'm from out of town. Can I get a deal on this bookmark?
A: 1. Being from out of town is not going to help your case, and I have no idea why you people insist on bringing it up. Surely there are better weapons in your cheapskate arsenal. 2. If you can't afford to spend $1.25 on a bookmark, maybe you should have forgone the vacation? Just a thought.
Q: Do you have a boyfriend/phone number/drastically low standards?
A: For you, yes/sorry, I'm a technophobe/not nearly low enough.
Q: Ya got any books in here?
A: Yeah, 'cause I totally haven't heard that one before.
Q: Where do you have [such-and-such author]? Oh, you don't have to get up! - just point me to the right shelf.
A: Look, I get that you are trying to help me out, and I appreciate your lack of demanding assclown-like behavior. Really I do. But this is a small store - it is cluttered, with the spaces between the shelves forming a winding maze of windingness - and I simply cannot point you to the right shelf, at least not from my desk. I honestly have no problem standing up and walking to the other side of the store, so please don't fret, okay?
Q: What's your favorite book?
A: Yeah, so, I don't do favorites. I don't have a favorite food, color, animal, movie, musician, or song, and I definitely don't have a favorite book. I have books I love, but I do not have one that I prize above all others, and I fail to see anything wrong with that. Oh, don't give me that pitying look - maybe I'm just less reductionist than you. Maybe you fail at life.
Q: Hey, you need to look up a book on that little computer thing there. You know how to do that, right?
A: Yeah, only I can't now - I'm too busy blogging about how much I hate you.