Saturday, June 04, 2011

Miss Information is annoyed by cutlery

The big library has 2 staff rooms. One is way upstairs and one is in the basement. Miss Information's desk until very recently was located on the ground floor so neither of the staff rooms were as convenient as a nearby coffee shopl. Even worse, you need a code to get into the basement one and the actual code had never been shared with Miss Information. After a few months in a place, it's embarrassing to admit you have no idea how to get into the staff room.

However, Miss Information's desk has been temporarily relocated to the basement, right across from the staff room. She hung around the door and spied on another staff member, so she now knows the code and has access to all the glories of the staff room. Kettle? Check. Microwave? Check. Window? Bonus!

It's all pretty nice, except for the cutlery situation. Obviously with all her years of library service, Miss Information would not expect there to be teaspoons in the kitchen. She long ago developed a theory that managers have hidden all the teaspoons so staff won't attempt to tunnel out of the building. So she was not expecting teaspoons, although forks would be nice. Honestly. It's a huge library with a big staff. Could there be a second fork, maybe?

Yep. The library has one damn fork. When Miss Information first using the staff room, she was surprised by how many staff members eat with chopsticks but now she realizes it's the only reason they haven't starved to death.

The only reason Miss Information hasn't starved to death is because the kitchen has an ample supply of tablespoons, although when she eats her salad with a tablespoon she feels kind of silly.


At 12:58 PM, Blogger nir said...

I love your blog.

At 3:57 PM, Blogger charlesm said...

I would always rather have a fork than a spoon. It is amazing how teaspoons seem to be rare and/or disappear quickly in your library and otherwise. Too bad they don't have the ubiquitous "spork(s)" of the 1970s.

Yours truly,


At 4:43 PM, Blogger Rachael said...

My kitchen at work has very few forks, and the few that have been brought in my kind people are stolen by other employees and stored at people's desk, so they always know they'll be able to find one. Even though usually the people who steal the forks are the ones eating burgers from the place next door for lunch. Cutlery annoys me too.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Susan said...

My library's staff room has the space for an ingenious solution: each staffer has his/her own cubby with a Tupperware-type box in which s/he can store all her personal supplies, including spoons and forks. I think most of us are honest enough not to steal from one another, and this set-up discourages it as well.

At 11:36 AM, Blogger missy librarian said...

I f* forgot to my f* fork today! At least my loc has a few forks on hand)

At 10:55 PM, Blogger Melwyk said...

I bring my own cutlery and everything else from home every day. Communal? Ick.

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Katie B. said...

Our staff room has all forks and no spoons. We should trade!

At 2:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Missy librarian,

I hope you aren't a librarian in an English speaking country.


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