Friday, July 16, 2010

Miss Information is undone by an old nemesis

Timing is a hideous troll with sociopathic tendencies. This is why a job Miss Information has always worshipped from afar suddenly became available after she had been a librarian for only 20 minutes. This is why she spent part of today—day nine in the new job—interviewing for a different new job. Life is strange.

The interview followed the standard format. Sensible questions, incoherent answers followed by Miss Information begging pathetically to get the job, if only to prove that she isn’t always a babbling maniac. She hates interviews.

In this instance, the interviewers very kindly provided paper and pens for Miss Information’s use. Clicky pens. A disaster of epic proportions was certain to follow. About half way through the 2-hour interview she noticed that she had picked up one of the pens and was mindlessly clicking it. Open, closed, open, closed, open, closed. This is what she does with clicky pens. She simply cannot resist the urge to press that little button. The clicking is hypnotic and comforting and she is absolutely incapable of stopping once she starts. Open, closed, open, closed, etc. It is possible that the interviewers might not have noticed except that Miss Information pointed it out to them. She then threw both pens on the floor and took out her own non-clicky pen so she wouldn’t be tempted to pick them up. So, babbly, incoherent, twitchy and unforgivably weird. Fortunately in the library world these characteristics are darn near universal. Maybe they didn't notice.

Miss Information concedes. The clicky pens won this round but she'll be back--most likely clicking. Open, closed, open...Damn pens.


At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a test to see if your credentials were in fact genuine.

You have to be somewhat OCD and a touch of batshit to work at the library. Which is why I love it.

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Sharon said...

Best of luck!

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Priscilla said...

good luck!

At 11:28 PM, Blogger victoria said...

Very good comment about "Miss information".
Thanks for posting a informative post.
Keep it up the good work.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Richard said...

Awesome!! Good job! Also thanks @Victoria for sharing

At 11:25 AM, Blogger charlesm said...

I tend to click clicky pens too. I used to use (and collect), fountain pens, as Miss Manners, (aka Judith Martin) would suggest and prefer, (using blue/black ink of course), but then I obsessed about the cap, and kept snapping them on and off. Plus, those fountain pens take a lot of maintenance. (sp?)

Your adoring fan, charlesm

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Elttaes said...

Sounds very much like how my interviews have been going. Your clickly pens however are my mouth. Both can use some time not being used.


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