March 01, 2007

Lisa: Thank you?

I never know what people are going to say to me at the information desk. I think some people don't know what a librarian is, while other people are just strange. I try not to take it personally.

"Gosh, you're so bright--why do you work at the library?"

"So are you all volunteers?"

"Gee, you'd make such a great secretary. Maybe I'll offer you a job!"

"You have a master's degree? Really? Seriously? So...did you always know you wanted to be a librarian?" (No. Actually, I got my undergraduate degree in music.) "What do you play?" (The flute.) "Oh. I...don't play the flute."

"You're the smartest girl in the world. And not only that, you're pretty good lookin'! I can say that because I'm old, so it's not a threat."

"Did you know your thyroid gland is enlarged?"

"Can I ask your advice? Do you think half a stick of dynamite would be enough to blow up this whole library?"

Edited because I just had to add one more from today:
"You always look so nice when I come in here. I prefer brunettes with white shirts and black skirts, and you always look very nice."

Posted by lisa at March 01, 2007 11:45 AM

Are most of these from that one guy who had you type up things and edit them for him?

Posted by: Young Jeffrey on March 2, 2007 02:09 AM

Just the first and the third.

Posted by: lisa on March 2, 2007 10:08 AM

Hee. I'm glad you didn't get blown up.

Posted by: sarah on March 2, 2007 10:12 AM

people are strange... how do they know your thyroid gland is enlarged again? that one confuses me.

Posted by: stace on March 2, 2007 11:02 PM

I told him I was surprised he could tell, but that I had indeed had thyroid problems in the past. He said no one would ever be able to tell except for him, and he was glad to know that I was already aware of the issue.

Posted by: lisa on March 5, 2007 01:11 PM

Wait . . . is it a threat if I call you pretty and I'm not old? Is the threatening nature of calling you ugly also age-dependent?

Not that I plan on calling you ugly. Or referring to your looks very much at all. But it's good to clarify these things, for future reference.

Posted by: Dave on March 8, 2007 11:33 AM

That reminds me. Do you have any books about librarians?

Posted by: Jeremy on March 14, 2007 10:49 AM

Jeremy, I don't know if you're serious, but my favorite librarian book is probably The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Most librarian books I've read rely heavily on the sshhing-spinster-with-a-bun stereotype, and you know I can't support that.

Posted by: lisa on March 14, 2007 02:56 PM
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