Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What's my Daemon?

This really only makes sense if you've read the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. If you haven't yet, drop everything you're doing, head straight to your local library, check out The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, take three days off work and read them. I'm not kidding. No, really. Go. Right now.

For those of you who have read it, there is a movie coming out in December in case you haven't heard. I have strong hopes for the movie. Thus far it looks like they're doing it right. However, as part of the website you get to meet your Daemon. But friends can weigh in on whether or not you've got the right one. So those of you who know me, follow the link below and weigh in: is this really my Daemon?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Letting it all hang out

I don't think I'm old. I really don't. I'm only 33 for crissake. So why am I starting to sound like an old fuddy-duddy about clothing trends?

We have several kids who for whatever reason can't be taught in a classroom so they send them to the library with special tutors who will try, desperately, to at least get them to graduate. One young fellow, as with many his age, had decided that wearing jeans that were 3 sizes too small was cool. I have no idea where this idea originated in its current form, but speaking as a guy who once grew 8 inches in a year, wearing jeans that are even 1 size too small can get pretty uncomfortable.

An unfortunate side-effect of wearing jeans this small is that it's essentially impossible to get the waistband over your ass. So these fashionistos solve the problem by hitching their underwear up to the appropriate level so that basically you see them in their underwear.

Of course, since the pants are too small and are belted, when you bend over the underwear gets pulled down and... well, you get the picture.

Unfortunately, he had to bend down in front of me and a customer to use the printer.

Now, when sagging was popular I got it. Big baggy pants are comfortable. They can hide a lot of contraband. And of course if you wear pants that are 3 sizes to big they're going to fall down.

And I even understand skinny jeans to a degree. After all, I grew up in the 80's. But there's a difference between cool skinny jeans:And dumb skinny jeans:Notice that you do not see ass on the Clash.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

It's a Beautiful Day in the Library-hood

The following events have all occurred within the past week at the library.
  • Our manager asked a woman who was screaming at someone on her cell phone to please keep it down or take the call in the lobby. The woman decided that instead of doing this relatively simple thing, she would instead berate and threaten our manager resulting in her eviction from the library for 6 months. When she received her eviction notice in the mail, she proceeded to call our location at least 6 times in the space of 30 minutes continuing her threats and abusive language. She then went to another library where upon learning that yes, she was evicted from all libraries, she told every person she could find that she had been kicked out for talking on a cell phone, managing to make it out of the parking lot before the police arrived. She then called the Main library at least 15 times that afternoon continuing the same rant. She is now evicted for a year.
  • I spent 15 minutes on the phone with a woman who thought we should clear a $4.20 fine because when she selected "renew all" on the phone she didn't realize that items that couldn't be renewed wouldn't be renewed. We had cleared fines for her at least 5 times previously.
  • A man comes in to complain that he was being referred to a collection agency for overdue items on his card that his son had checked out. His son was unable to locate the items. The man couldn't believe that we would refer him to an agency rather than deal with him directly, especially since he had just donated a large number of hardcovers to the library (people always think used books are worth much more than they are). While I tried to explain that the recovery agency only handled the notices, phone calls, and address verification for us, he still insisted that we cancel his card after he paid for the missing materials. He then said he would get a card with a different library system. For the record, most libraries use some form of materials recovery or credit reporting for long overdue materials. The materials on this man's card were over six months late.
  • I observed an exceptionally stern and domineering father tell his two school-age children that they had to sit still in two chairs because "this isn't playtime," while he was finding materials he needed. The kids are on Spring Break.
  • A long-time customer from an unspecified African country who had been working on his citizenship exam with the assistance of nearly every staff member in the branch stopped at the desk to tell us that he had passed and was now an American.

I love the library.

Monday, April 2, 2007

New Personal Best

Clintonville to Gahanna.

8.02 miles.

23 minutes, 23 seconds.

Average speed: 20.6 mph.

Isn't it great what a 20 mph tailwind and lactate threshold training will get you?