Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Top 5 of the day

I don't know where my son went. He's 15 and is wearing jeans and a white shirt.

Woman looking for car repair books remarked-- A man can do it, my sister and I can do it because we can read!

Caller: What's the movement of an electrical charge?

Caller: The free lunch program at my daughter's school has stopped. How can I get a free lunch? Me-- did you talk to the school? Yes, they said they have no more free lunch program. What can I do? Do you have the number of the school down the street? What's their lunch program like?

Do you have the Bible in Italian?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What's that?

A woman showed me a long URL. It contained a dash. She said, I haven't been to school in a long time. What's that little line again?

I said, that's a dash.

She said, oh yeah, like in a phone number! I should really know this because I work in a doctor's office.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Title confusion

Woman: Do you have Dogs for Dummies or is it Dummies for Dogs?


Today @ the ref desk we had this sign above to warn the customers about the car show nearby. However, we didn't hear any of the outside noises at all. The sign was appropriate because there was this screaming baby who screamed louder than I have ever heard. After about 15 screams the security guard talked to the dad (on the Internet, could care less) and told him it is time to leave. The guy was wearing earphones and acted like he didn't hear anything the guard was saying.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Craig's List?

A man came to the desk asking why he can't upload his resume to Craig's List. I went over to the pc and looked at it-- he was trying to upload it to Gregslist dot com.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Refgrunt, 5-8PM

Caller: What does bonjour mean? What are the origins of the names Kay and Katie?

#5 restarted.

Kid wants to reserve some video games but the wait list is too long.

Guy wants to check out How to-- make love like a porn star by Jenna Jameson.

Other branch asks for shelf check: Radioactive Boy Scout. When the customer comes to the branch he also wants to read Rocket Boys by Hickam.

Books by Max Lucado. Just tell me the area.

Forgotten PIN number.

Arabic women want to check out books on science. I asked them to narrow it down, but they couldn't. So I asked do you want chemistry, biology, physics, etc? And they said any. So I took them to that section of the liberry and they said no, they want stories. Now I'm thinking they either want science fiction books or biographies about scientists. They wanted stories about scientists. We go over to the bio section and the woman pulls a book about Shakespeare off the shelf and says this is it!

Kid wants Dragon Ball Z and Naruto.

Caller is in the car and she wants directions around the building to the parking lot. When she came in, she wanted Old Man and the Sea for her highschool son.

Man wants audiobook by Dave Ramsey.

Caller wants to renew a book. He also wants Gym Candy, a book we don't have.

Kid needs to do a report about the 90's, the decade in which he was born. I found one that spanned Persian Gulf to Y2K.

Do you have Because of Romek in Spanish? (Unfortunately, no).

Arabic boy who always asks me to cancel his reservation asks about Michael-- I haven't seen him in a long time. (We all miss Michael; too bad the sub budget is near zero).

Where are the audiobooks?

Mother doing her son's homework: Do you have Quiet on the Western Front book and DVD? Absolutely, we have both! Unbelievable!

Do you have books on the Titanic?

I set a PIN for a guy who looks OLD-- he was born in 1976. (just like me). Scary.

I can't send this email because it is going to Canada. Actually, no, you can't have spaces in the address field.

#8 restarted just as we closed.

Abbreviated Refgrunt

Do you have books based on WWII?

Does your printer take coins or bills?
I said-- people are at the desk. They'll take coins and bills.

Will you print this youtube video?
She wanted me to print out the lyrics, not the video.

I asked the customer for her card. She rummaged through her purse and said-- I spilled salt all over my purse. I didn't ask why or how.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Easy fix

Amy, can you come here and... oh, wait. My computer heard me talking to you and now it is fixed.

5 minutes later

Amy, can you come here and... wait, once again, it heard me talking to you and it fixed itself.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Phone call

Caller-- Do you have woo-sha?
Me-- I'm sorry, I don't understand, what did you say?
Caller-- Do you have woo-sha?

At first I thought she's looking for a flu shot, which is not a service we provide (yet-- haha).
She repeated herself over and over and finally I got it (I don't know how) -- she wanted the number for Radio Shack!

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Guy in a "Legalize It!" t-shirt wants to cancel his internet reservation for 4:20 pm. Maybe he has other plans?

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Airheady Books

An old woman-- Amy, that's a great name. Not many people have that name. Do you have Water for Elephants, books on composing, and books on grief? The Chicken Soup books are too airheady; the Kubler-Ross books are too clinical.

I show her the books and she gives me a hug and says hey, I think I like you!

Friday, September 04, 2009

I can't remember

Caller-- Can you find the quote by Mencken about druggists (pharmacists) and writing? I can't remember the quote. I first heard it 20 years ago. I don't know if I was hallucinating then or if I'm hallucinating now.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

More Material

Marian and I work at a regional branch liberry. Subject requests are sent to us from neighboring liberries for us to either answer or send to the next level of researchers. Today we received the following:

My customer just finished reading this book by Anonymous. She wants me to find more books and/or materials by Anonymous. Can you help?

Today = my birthday, and that was a highlight!

"It has a Pentium processor and everything!"

A lady came in today with this computer (1998 Compaq Armada 7770! I had a very similar one!) and wanted to print something she had typed up. However, it didn't have a floppy drive, USB port, or wireless connection.
She ended up having to just retype it.

You look like...

Last night an older man walked by the desk and said--

You sure got a lot of sun today. Your face matches your shirt (which = a bright orangish red).

Um, yeah, I sat at the beach all day. In reality, I had been putting out fires constantly @ the ref. desk.