Miss Information is filled with holiday annoyancesMiss Information is struck by the differences between library branches. In her last branch, some of the staff members were Christian, some were Muslim, some were Hindi, some were “other”, and some were just conscientious objectors. Whatever. When it came to festivities, everyone pulled together. Sometime in November, trees were decorated and boughs of holly appeared everywhere. Every department became sparklier.
The new branch in the nice neighbourhood is less multicultural. Though there’s a substantial Jewish population, the neighbourhood is mostly Christian. Miss Information has never met a group of people less interested in decking halls. Last week, she arrived at work to find a Christmas tree near the reference desk. The decorations were in boxes in the work area. She waited to see the decorations on the tree. She’s still waiting. The tree remains naked. Very minimalist. Not too festive.
Miss Information pretty much understands the new branch staff. She just bets that someone was told to get the tree and the decorations out of storage, so they did. No one was assigned to decorate the tree, so they didn’t.
Ho, ho, hum.
It’s been distracting Miss Information so much, she almost missed a very entertaining customer, who claims that another library has been poisoning his coffee. Miss Information is impressed by the initiative of this other branch. She just bets they’ve decorated the hell out of their tree.