Monday, April 25, 2005

Library Oddities

I've worked at the library for all of 4 days now, and I've had a few strange incidents so far...

1) A guy that sounded a little....different....called yesterday asking if we buy movies. I thought, "Surely he doesn't mean in a HalfPrice Books/pawn shop kind of way," so I said, "We buy movies from distributors for the library." His voice fell noticeably...in a "Shit, there went my chance," kind of way. Since when are libraries pawn shops? I told him that we gladly take donations. He didn't go for it. *sigh*

2) There's a mildly attractive guy that comes in at least twice a day and borrows movie upon movie. At least six at a time (the max). He usually drops by in the early morning...usually no less than 15 minutes after we open, and he's normally back just after lunch or mid-afternoon to return some of the movies he rented in the morning and pick up another few to max him out again. I want to know what he does (or doesn't) do for a living. Probably not very profitable since he's gettin' his movie fix from the very under-stocked library shelves.

3) My mom stopped by Saturday, and she went back to the reference desk to find out where the true crime was shelved, and when M.A. (reference desk diva) said she'd show her and they were walking off, the bitchy woman waiting next in line said, "As opposed to crime that isn't true." Mom almost turned around and said, "That would be crime fiction!" What a cunt this lady was. People suck.

4) I answered the phone yesterday during a somewhat busy spell, and the woman on the line asked, "Are you smart?" ....*pause*...."Well, I get by," I replied. The reason she asked, she went on to explain, was because she wanted to know if I remembered "Roots" and did I know Kunta's dad's name? Even though we were busy I was nauseatinginly entertained by this, and I took the time to look it up on IMDB because it was the first thing that came to mind that would be quick enough to find it and get her on her way. She was asking.....*drum roll*....because she was doing a CROSSWORD PUZZLE!!!!

Stay tuned for more library oddities.....

On TV: Everybody Loves Raymond
MP3: "Broken"...Seether and my girlfriend...Amy Lee
Book: The Secret History...hot damn, I'm on page 361 with just under 200 to go.
In my head: He-who-shall-not-be-named (not Voldemort) and a particularly disturbing dream.

25 comments:

  1. libraries are wonderful environments in which to observe people. My library is in a building that also houses a university psychology clinic and we get some very interesting characters, to put it charitably. Our regular patrons are just as "interesting:" one of the many highlights of my job is catching the occasional medical student trying to steal a textbook. You have much to look forward to.

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  2. Ha Ha Ha! I feel ya girl. Before I worked in the library I worked at the student computer Help Desk. Once we had a girl call asking for help with algebra. I told her we deal with network issues, but that I could connect her to the math tutoring center. She got all pissed and said "But, like aren't you suppose to HELP people at the help desk!"

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  3. You might want to beware those donations though :) Lot of times it is just people dumping their old magazines and crap off. We had a few people dropping religous/culty leaflets off here. And we are a college library! I can only imagine what public libraries get :)

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  4. i am so truly entertained by the whole "true crime" story that i will probably smile for a good ten minutes. not that i wasn't smiling BEFORE, but now i will do so even more. :) you are happy and it ruins your writing? i guess i'm sorry. but not very....
    more on the lance front- he says that this girl argues JUST LIKE ME. There you have it. i'm sold. i always knew he'd marry a girl like me (i married a guy like him- one of the facts of siblinghood) and that was all i was waiting for to be COMPLETELY gung-ho about the whole thing. woohoo!

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  5. Sounds like you could write a book! I always see some strange people when I go to my library.

    So, when do we get details on the distrubing dream??? ;Þ

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  12. PS: I hate blogger!! Grr! Sorry about that.

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  13. andi has a girlfriend! andi has a girlfriend!

    i'm so glad you claimed amy lee as your gf. can we go on a double date? we would be the hottest girls with the hottest dates!

    as you can see, "the secretary i want to be" has clearly made me insane....

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  14. Clack - my husband is nothing like my brothers... That would be intolerable... Of course, my relationship with my brothers isn't exactly the same as you and Lance's, but that's beside the pt...

    Anyways, I had no idea libraries were entertaining... But I guess pretty much any place w/people in it is entertaining... My little brother used to tell this funny story about a bunny and some lady in Michael's... Yah, so I don't know the story, and it wouldn't be funny if I told it anyways...

    *grumbles something about not being funny*

    This is why my blog isn't funny...

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  15. Ooh, trick, sounds like you've got a prime spot for your library. We get enough head cases and we're at least 10 miles from the nearest psych ward. ;o)

    Too funny about the med students. Can't say I'm surprised, though!

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  16. Oohh, Amanda...I worked at a help desk, too. lol I never had anyone get snooty over algebra, but we did have one trying to hack into the CIA and we had a guy send a threatening e-mail to Chelsea Clinton....the secret service dragged him outta class. The good old days!

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  17. So far most of the donations I've seen have been pretty decent. Sometimes rather stinky...but still good stuff.

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  18. Glad to make you smile, Clack.

    Sounds like Lance has found a winner!! It's official...everyone is married (or on the way) but me!

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  19. LOL, Heather! I'm debating whether or not to delve into the disturbing dream or start an anonymous blog for things such as that. hehe

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  20. Ago,
    We'll get tons of attention with our hot gf's and I'm sure men will throw money.

    How is the secretary thing going?? Was it today? Last week? I can't recall.

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  21. You're right, Cher....where there's people there's screwed-upness.

    Nothing exciting to report today. Surprisingly. :o)

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  22. Hey, fence, I know what you mean. At the college library I work at we get BEACONS of TRUTH. My friend and I highlight the funny parts!

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  23. ROFL! Your entire library oddities post had me laughing soo hard! Thanks a lot Andi..now my already sore abs from working out the last 2 days are even more sore! ROFLMAO!

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  24. Jen! Glad you enjoyed that. My abs get a workout everyday AT work. Maybe I shouldn't give myself such a hard time about not working out after all! :oD

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