Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Companion pets

I've written about this before, but I have a differnt take on it this time.

I was helping a patron(who really didn't need to be using a computer,) when I walked away from him, a woman asked for my help. I stopped to help her and as I made an attempt to show her what she needed to do, her dog(HUGE MUTT)pushed me out of his way. I was blocking his vision, while trying to aid his owner.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

You just never know what you might discover

Yesterday afternoon, a patron brought a library card that had been left at the print station to the reference desk.

My co-worker scanned the card to see if it was valid. She said, "That's differents."

I asked, "What's different?"

My co-worker, "The patron's name."

I looked at the screen...........the patron's first name is OBSESSION......I just had to check the birth year, and it's 1989.

I said aloud, "I wonder what her Momma's name is?"

Completely not work related

This past Friday, I was lounging on the couch watching tv. A telemarketer calls and says, "I'm not trying to sell you anything. This is research about grocery shopping." I say, "Um huh."

Telemarketer: "How many times have you shopped at Food For Less in the last 6

Me:"Excuse me, which store did say?"

Telemarketer: "Food For Less."

Me: "Oh......I don't shop there EVER!!!"

Telemarketer: "Okay, let me just make a note of that."

****The next thing I heard was a series of clicks. The telemarketer had hung up on
me. I looked at the receiver and thought, "Oh No He didn't just hang up!"

Saturday, September 19, 2009

There's a trend with some of my co-workers

There are two individuals who come to mind. One is the resident "druggy," and the other is "Ms. Whiney." Their attendance is so bad, that they have to wait until payday, to see if they have enough vacation or sick pay, so that they can skip work the next day.

This past Thursday, it was Ms. Whiney, but she had company, two others decided to play hookey also. This meant long hours on the reference desk. A man attached himself to me, and everytime that he saw me at the refrence desk, he had to ask me a question. It didn't matter that I could only understand every third word that he was saying. He was so out of it, he would start a question, pause, start again, pause, and then say, "Oh nevermind!" He would then walk around the floor, come back, and start the process all over again. He would alternate between that and going to another floor, then coming back about 20 minutes later.

I just wanted the day to be over in the worst way.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Don't step to me with some mess

I'll start this by saying that a lot of black men, who think they look half-way decent will step to me with some mess at the reference desk. I don't care who you are, I'm going to give you the same amount of service as I give everyone else.

Why would you try to smooth talk a librarian into doing something for you anyway. The computers are free and we have plenty of them.

Tuesday, sometime after 5:00p.m., I happened to be alone at the reference desk. A older black man(60's,) approached me, leaned over the counter and said, "Uh Yeah, who can I get to purchase my airline ticket online for me."

I said, "We can show you how to book a computer, login, and access the website of whatever airline you're using."

He said, "I ain't trying to do all of that. Besides, I ain't talking about today, I can come back another day." I want to avoid the $25 that they charge you over the telephone."

Once again I said, "Any of us can show you how to book a computer. You can even book one up to two days in advance. We can then show you how to access the internet and the airline's website."

Old Dude, "So you saying there isn't anyone that will do that for me? I'm not trying to pay that $25."

I said, "It's extremely easy to book your flight online. The websites walk you through the process. If my Mom can do it, you can do it too."

He said, "Alright, I hear what you saying, but um I'mma come back."

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Why me?

The library opens @9:00a.m. I got off the bus abot 11 minutes after 9 this morning. As I was speed walking to the library, one of the regulars on my floor yells, "HEY, YOU'RE LATE HUH!!!". I just nodded my head and said, "Yeah."