Saturday, March 12, 2011

Miss Information is annoyed by mothers

Miss Information tossed and turned much of the night. Work is stressful, but that's not why. Last night Kitty Information worked tirelessly on her hobby--keeping Miss Information's ears respectably clean. She takes her Q-Tip duties very seriously and was not discouraged by Miss Information's merely rolling over, because, hey, a different ear to lick!

Miss Information arrived at work groggy and cranky and it's one of those days when the babies come over. The room where the babies meet to plot against Miss Information requires them to line up at the elevator just beyond her service point.

While waiting for the elevator one of the mothers decided it would be a great time for a rousing game of Peek-a-Boo. Peek-a-Boo is certainly a great game, but this is neither the time nor the place. It's only about 9:30 in the morning. In a library. Frankly, the kid wasn't nearly as into it as his mother who seemed to like shrieking "Peek-a-Boo!!!!!" at an ear-splitting volume. Over and over and over and over. Louder and louder and louder. It was like some kind of nightmare.

Miss Information realizes that modern librarians do not shh people but this woman needed shhing badly. If the elevator had not arrived just prior to Miss Information's breaking point, the mother would have gotten the shhing of her life.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Miss Information is an innocent bystander

The new library has a group of patrons Miss Information refers to as the "Old Guy Film Club". They are old guys who borrow a lot of DVDs and like to discuss their various medical problems with the staff. There are several members of the club.

So, Old Guy #2, the guy with the lists came in. He's the old guy with the endless list of movies he wants to check. Miss Information had gotten to number 3215 when a woman came to the desk. Old Guy #2 turned to her and asked if she wanted to cut in line but she declined and settled in for a long wait. She took off her coat and began fanning herself with a magazine.

"Are you hot, my dear?" asked Old Guy #2.
"Yep," the woman replied.
Old Guy #2 studied her closely and then said in a booming voice:
"You're probably having a hot flash. It's something that happens to women at menopause. Yep. Bet it's a hot flash."

He went on to provide a helpful description of a hot flash so the woman would recognize it. It's nice that Old Guy #2 is so knowledgeable about women's health, but he seems to have missed the seminar about not upsetting women whose hormones may be causing violent mood swings.

The woman was speechless and merely sputtered while Miss Information shooed Old Guy #2 away before there was bloodshed.

Some days are hard and annoying but every now and then there's a moment of pure entertainment.