Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Librarians Should Know EVERYTHING

From my co-worker today:

"That woman that was looking for Year One is seriously getting on my nerves. She is still here. And has asked me like 50 questions. She needs, like yoga music with drumming, that’s like really relaxing. Do you know what I’m talking about? Do you? Do you know? Where’s the section for yoga music with drums? Like something really relaxing but with drums. With a beat. Do you know what I’m talking about? So as I explain to her that there isn’t a section for yoga music with drums or just a drumming section, and I explain that she could try New Age or Native American stuff, she tells me that it should be part of my job to listen to all the CDs so I know what they all are."

Way to drop the librarian ball....geez....I can't believe you didn't know EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING we own...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Now This Is A Reality Show

I just stumbled across this blog/web experiment online and I've officially spent the last hour reading.  It's called 40 Days of Dating.  Jessica and Timothy are both single New Yorkers who have taken drastically different romantic roads.  Jessica is the serial monogomist and Timothy is the serial dater.  They've been friends for about 4 years and decided to do a 40 day dating project.  For 40 days, they'll date each other to try and break through their personal dating issues.  They might fall for each other, they might just be friends.

I'm fascinated by their dynamic and the way that they both have such moments of stupidity.  It's so easy to see other people's dating issues but I feel like you usually only see one side.  For example, I generally just hear my girlfriend's side of the dating story and rarely hear from the side of the guy they're dating.

40 Days of Dating

Personally, I hope they end up in love.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Perfect Strangers

The smallest act of caring can turn a life around.

Today is a lucky day.  Not because anything particularly lucky has happened to me but I feel lucky to have witnessed an explosion of kindness in strangers.

While waiting in line to buy my lunch at Whole Foods, an elderly Polish speaking man was having issues at the register next to mine.  His Link card (Illinois food stamps basically) had insufficient funds for what he was purchasing and the 2 women trying to explain the situation to him weren't having much luck.  This went on for a couple minutes until the gentleman ahead of me, turned to the man and in Polish explained to him what the situation was and how he needed to handle it.  While he was explaining this, the woman in line behind the elderly man paid his balance for him.  The man in front of me then turned around to apologize for holding up the line and I couldn't help but tell him how nice of a guy I thought he was for stepping in.  I gave my compliments to the woman who paid his balance too...full disclosure, that woman did get her money back shortly thereafter as once the elderly man understood what was going on, he whipped a pile of twenties out of his wallet and paid the balance himself.  Regardless, the thought was there.

I took my million dollar salad over to the park to enjoy before my lunch was over...As I was reading my book, I heard a woman speaking in Chinese or Japanese to a young boy who looked to be about 10.  He was throwing a Nerf football (poorly) back and forth with a middle aged white guy who looked to be fairly amused.  I watched them for a little bit and couldn't help but smile at this man trying to explain how to catch the football to this boy through his translator mother.  The man noticed me watching and with a grin said to me "This is the first time this kid has ever seen a football! Can you believe it?" The kid could throw the ball but couldn't for the life of him figure out how to catch it.  It was slow going and most people might have given up quickly.  But the two of them had giant smiles on their faces and it was fun to watch.  I couldn't tell you the first time I saw a football, much less threw one...I would guess most of us can't.  But in my head, that kid will remember throwing that silly little Nerf for the rest of his life.  And I'll remember the smile on his face.

Thank you, strangers, for reminding me that people can be good and nice.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This Summer Is Crazeballs, Yo

The more I drink, the more I realize how much more I still want to drink.

This summer is crazy.  It's so busy that I'm pretty sure I'm going to wake up tomorrow and it will be September.  Fall is the new Summer, right guys?

Pharon's bachelorette party last weekend, working this weekend, my cousin's wedding the weekend after that, a weekend off that I'm pretty sure will be spend just running errands, and then back to Minnesota for Pharon's wedding.  Sooooooooooo....I might be available sometime in mid August....don't hold your breath...