Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Miss Information is annoyed by the bad tempered

"But why not?" asked the woman after Miss Information told her that the library has no video tape of the volanic eruption on Krakatoa.

Hmmmmm...Anderson Cooper was busy that day? The volcano and subsequent tsunami rendered everyone's cell phone camera useless? The network satellites were in the shop?

Miss Information explained as gently as possible that there simply weren't too many video cameras in 1883 Indonesia, movie cameras not having been perfected until later in the decade.

Still, despite her critical thinking shortcomings the woman was relentlessly pleasant. She loved books, the library, learning stuff, disasters and Miss Information thoroughly enjoyed the conversation.

Good thing too. Everyone else in library had spread peanut butter and cranky on their morning toast.

Miss Information admits it. She initially gave the man the wrong answer. She corrected herself, oh, maybe 30 seconds later. He was in no danger of being permanently damaged by Miss Information's misinformation. That didn't stop him from berating her at length for her incompetence and high salary(?).

There was also the woman who yelled at Miss Information because she was taking too long booking her a computer. "You can't go any faster? I'm on somebody's cell phone and you're taking forever."

Slow and incompetent...and free for dinner at short notice.

On the whole, Miss Information has decided that she prefers dealing with the dimwitted, pleasant customers over the bad tempered smart people. Obviously her least favourite are the cranky idiots--a category which is becoming dangerously overpopulated.


At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Dances with books said...

Ah yes, the cranky idiots, the ones who make eugenics look good. We can only hope they will pull a "Darwin Award" and remove themselves from the food chain. Sadly, not happening fast enough.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Ms Demeaner said...

Personally, I think it's time Miss Information wrote a screenplay, it's time the patrons saw themselves on the big screen, whilst we library professionals point and laugh!

At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh, yes, indeed, LOVE the suggestion about the screen play. Yes, please Miss Information, do a screen play!!


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