The Best Motto

Gd, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannon change
Courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

You woke up this morning - Congratulations! You got another chance!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

TALES FROM THE LIBRARY

Part 4

Today, I decided to visit the little stinking (literally and figuratively) library branch next to my office. And since I have a "reader's crisis" for about a month now, I thought I would just peruse the paperback section, especially mystery and romance, to see if anything would inspire me, or at least call my name.

Few years ago Signet reprinted almost the entire Agatha Christie collection, and there is a fair to certain chance that you can find at least one or two of them on the shelf - library pages did not have a chance to destroy all of them, and half of them were not stolen yet. Sure enough, the mystery section did not disappoint, and I found a good number of Christie books there.

Of course, as Murthy's law would have it, the one I really wanted was damaged (it started on page 43); so, being my usual idiotic self, I decided to take it to the clerk, so that she could "depreciate" this book.

My turn came pretty quickly. I plopped my selection on the counter and gave her a damaged book first with a short explanation. By her facial expression I quickly realized that she thought I was returning it damaged; I explained the situation again. She checked it, confirmed that it did, indeed, start on page 43, and then politely asked me if I wanted it. I just replied with "no, thank you." "Ah, I understand, it is damaged, so you do not really want it". And she put it aside, on the pile of freshly returned books.

Oy, gevalt!

4 comments:

Dina said...

Which Agatha Christie was that?

La Poutine Cachere said...

I am *so* glad to learn that such things don't only happen to me! ;)

SubWife said...

Hey, Dina, you stole my comment!! Also,which Agatha Christie is your favorite?

Moshe said...

Went to central library. Found book on computer but not on shelf. First the idiot worker went to look for it downstairs, then his idiot manager, didn't find anything even though computer said 1 on shelf and 3 in storage.

Michael Crichton's Rising Sun was in children's section.

SQL programming book was in young adult.

No, these were not misplaced, that's how they were labeled.