Saturday, September 30, 2006

That's a new one...

The guy with The List came in again today...

GWTL: You have nice temples!

Me: Um, wow. Thank you.

GWTL: I usually tell my clinical psychologist and other girls that they're pretty, but with you I did it sideways! Haha.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Love in the Liberry

The Lady Who Can Spare a Dime comes up to Helen:

LWCSAD: [she doesn't speak very clearly] I need some articles on Ryan Seacrest.
Helen: Articles on Ryan Seacrest?
LWCSAD: I'm in love.

Later, I'm straightening a display when I hear a voice behind me:
"Miss, you're beautiful. Are you single?"
I turn around and see it's a guy wearing a bright orange t-shirt that says
"This IS my Halloween costume".

Sadly, I'm not in fact single.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Today in Weeding

The Art of Hand Shadows, by Albert Almoznino, Copyright MCMLXX (1970 for the non-Romans among you)

Includes hand shadow versions of such notable personages as:

Abraham Lincoln
John F. Kennedy
Richard Nixon
Charles De Gaulle
David Ben-Gurion
Gamal Abdul Nasser
Fidel Castro

Plus, a Farmer, a Baseball Player, an American Indian, and a Vatican Prelate!

Fun for all the kids!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Librarians don't make much money, but we're not quite that desperate...yet

I help a lady find cast lists for several soap operas and she is super excited.

Lady: Thanks, you were a lot of help! Do you want me to give you a dime?

Oh no, thanks, I'm fine.

Lady: Really, I can give you a dime!

Me: That's all right, really, the county pays me.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Philosophy is so STRESSFUL!

Today we were having fun looking at the Jobs Rated Almanac, and were amused to discover what they think are the top 10 least stressful jobs:

1. Musical Instrument Repairer
2. Florist
3. Medical Records Technician
4. Actuary
5. Forklift Operator
6. Appliance Repairer
7. Medical Secretary
8. Librarian
9. Bookkeeper
10. File Clerk

It's more stressful to be a file clerk? Really?
And guess what other professions are supposedly more stressful than ours:

17. Bookbinder
26. Jeweler
33. Cosmetologist
39. Dental Laboratory Technician
50. Astronomer
71. Antiques Dealer
72. Philosopher
77. Dressmaker
92. Archaeologist (and not Indiana Jones, just the regular brushing-off-dirt-with-a-toothbrush kind)
126. Chiropractor
197. Travel Agent

Not to mention the fact that we often perform several of these jobs during the course of the day...

Of course, there was also this article earlier this year saying that librarians' jobs are more stressful than those of emergency services workers.

I think the truth is probably somewhere in between, really.

P. S. Here is an Amazon review from a florist:

[one star]
My review is based on excerpts that appeared in the newspaper. I am a florist who employs 10 people; we have worked and networked with many florists, and can say conclusively that the rating of "florist" as the 5th least stressful job is totally unbelievable. Although this information reportedly comes from telephone surveys, there is NO WAY anyone spoke to a real florist to arrive at this conclusion! All of us have worked a variety of jobs, none more stressful than floristry. I won't go into the many reasons why this is so; my point is, this rating is so far from realistic that I have zero confidence in these ratings.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Good Ship What Now?

I found this excellent book called
Music Hall Songbook: a collection of 45 of the best songs from 1840--1920,
which includes such gems as:

"Put On Your Tat-Ta, Little Girlie"

"I'm Shy, Mary Ellen, I'm Shy"

"The Spaniard Who Blighted My Life"

"Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me A Bow-Wow"

"Oh Very Well, Mary Ann, I'll Tell Your Ma"

"Where Did You Get That Hat?"

"Swing Me Higher, Obadiah"


"On The Good Ship Yacki-Hicki-Doo-La"

Still keeping an eye on the Red Menace

One from Tara:

A customer tells us that he is going to be standing on duty by the pay phone so that he can dial the emergency number—he heard that the Russians are going to attack. He thinks they poisoned his water bottle last night.

Do we get a share of the prize money?

Helen says there's a gentleman who always asks her to find out how to contact the Nobel Prize committee.

He's sure if he can just send them his work he'll be a sure thing to win.

Friday, September 08, 2006

At least it gives the shelvers something to do...

There's this kid, about 9 or 10 I think, and an afternoon with him in the library always goes like this:

"Do you have any books about Lamborghinis?"
and two minutes later,
"Do you have any books about alligators?"
and two minutes later,
"Do you have any books about Doberman Pinschers and Pit Bulls?"
and two minutes later,
"Do you have any books about vampires?"
and two minutes later,
"Do you have any books about airplanes?"
and two minutes later,
"Do you have any books about lions and tigers?"

I'm not sure if he reads them or if he just likes to see me get up and get them from the shelf or what.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Good luck with that, part 2

Woman to her very noisy toddler:

You are going to sit down, and you are going to behave, and you are going to STOP THAT.