Saturday, December 11, 2010

My phantom phone flasher

The other day I was working at the library, when I noticed way over at the entrance a tiny light.  I looked closer and an older woman was standing there with her phone held up excitedly to another person, and the other person (who looked like her daughter) walked away like, "Yes, I already saw."

A few minutes later a woman walked up to me at the desk and said, "Do you want to see something absolutely heart-warming?"

"Of course!" I said.  (I like to play along when people are crazy).

"Well... can you get YouTube on that computer?"

Me: "Um... no."  (Small lie.  We can watch the videos, but there is no sound).

"Okay, tell me your email address!"

Now, I don't give out my email address to patrons.  There's a personal-information bubble that we librarians live in to protect ourselves sometimes.  But this lady was super sweet and I could tell that she was legit.  So I gave her my email address and she whipped out her phone and started doing all sorts of fancy stuff, and I realized that she was the phantom phone flasher I had seen earlier.  She beeped and booped my email into her phone and with a sly grin said, "It's so amazing, you'll just cry!" before walking away.

So later that night when I got home I had this in my inbox:

Alright. Pretty sweet. And maybe I got misty-eyed when that little boy took his mom's hand. Maybe. Whatever.

I didn't mind the video.  I didn't mind the personal email breach.  I didn't even mind the super-sweet practically-the-fairy-of-Christmas-cheer attitude coming from the lady.

The only part that bugged me is that lady had a way cooler phone than me and totally knew how to use it. She was sending emails and watching videos and doing all sorts of cool stuff with it! Dang, lady! Plus five street cred!

Friday, December 10, 2010

My Halloween Costume

This year I worked on the Friday before Halloween at the library. Can you guess what I went as?

I am wearing: My hair in a bun with a pencil stuck in it, thick glasses with chain, a collared long-sleeved white shirt with an ugly vest, my library nametag, a big necklace, a "Readers Rule" bookmark, plaid skirt, but the best things were my stockings and sensible shoes, but they are hard to see in this photo.

 One patron who came up to ask me a question was like, "Wow, you REALLY look like a librarian." And I was like "Yeah, that's the point." And he just looked at me. So I said, "It's my Halloween costume?"
And after a few more seconds,  that guy really LAUGHED.
This is just another example of my Halloween costume blowing up in my face. Last year when I was six months pregnant I wore a "BUMP" road sign on my belly, and I think people were too afraid or polite to ask me if I was actually pregnant or just fat. And this year, I guess they all thought that this was how I really dressed.

How embarrassing.  =)

Please forgive this very late post, I will re-date it to Oct 31st in a few days but for now it will hang out at the top of my blog.