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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Random Dozen

1. Ever had any run-ins with the "library police?"

It's been a while, probably a year or so ago, I received a notice from a collection agency. This letter strongly recommended that I pay my $60.75 fine for for my overdue library books before legal action was taken. Well since I was heading up to the local branch later that afternoon for my daughter I took the nasty little letter with me to investigate. Let me state up front that I know lots of friendly informative librarians. I love the library, I even marched in the pouring down rain (http://rlambright.blogspot.com/2009/09/i-was-216.html still don't know what is going on with Live writer and hyperlinks) to keep this facility open!!! However on that particular day for whatever reason the library police were in rare form. I showed the letter to the librarian and she informed me that it was for several books that had been check out at a library that I had never even been too. They were children's books, books in fact that were way below my childs reading level. I explained to the librarian that this had to be an error as I had never even been in the library these book had been check out from.

I get the look, the look that says "Talk to the had you big fat liar!" Well I very emphatically explained that I had no intention of paying a $60 fine for books that I had never checked out and again I get the look.

I obviously had stepped into the only library on the planet that is staffed by humans incapable of making a mistake! She also explained to me that I had been contacted multiple times in an effort to resolve this outstanding issue! Again I explained to her that the notice I was holding in my hot little hand was in fact the very first time I had ever been contacted. No email notices, do automated voice messages, nadda, nothing but a letter for a collection agency.

Again the look! I remain steadfast in my determination that I was not going to pay a fine for books I had never checked out and she remained steadfast that she was dealing with someone who needed to be on an episode of "America's Most Wanted", but there was one thing that she did not know. "America's Most Wanted" aside I was completely willing to stand there all afternoon until this issue was resolved to my satisfaction. I gently but forcefully explained to her that I was NOT going to pay a fine for books I had never checked out and that she needed to figure out some way to correct the situation. After numerous consultations with multiple library staff she out of the "goodness" of her heart extend me a "one time only" because I totally don't believe your story and since you show no signs of leaving any time soon and because I know you are lying through your teeth and I know that there is no way that we have made a mistake because the technology we have in place and the people we have working for us never malfunction or ever have instances where mistake happen because we are all super human and perfect opportunity and she wiped the debt clean. I then canceled my library card and gave her a thank you very much and went on my merry way!


2. Do you have a special organizational plan and place for wrapping paper, gift bags, etc., or do you just purchase whatever you need as you give gifts?

I have a two Rubbermaid containers that live in the closet in the spare room. One hold lot's of various gift bags and tissue paper, the other is one of those specifically designed Rubbermaid container designed for wrapping paper. It has a small compartment built into the top that holds your scissors, tape and small spools of ribbon.


3. Have you ever been in (first-hand witness) a natural disaster?

I was once evacuated from costal Florida in the middle of the night because of a hurricane! We also had some very extensive flooding in our area last year. It did not impact me directly but several of my friends from church got flooded out and it impacted our community for several days until the flooding subsided. Oh and is perimenapause considered a natural disaster, if it isn't it should be.


4. What's your favorite Barry Manilow song?

Pick one! Yes their vinyl records! I will be contacting the Smithsonian later this afternoon to see if there is an interest in these ancient relics that have recently been unearthed!

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5. What's the best costume you've ever worn?

I don't do costumes.


6. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?

Being the spelling challenges individual that I am I am always looking words up in the dictionary, but I also use my thesaurus function in word almost very time I am working on a post. I hate, or I try not to be redundant with descriptive words. It bugs me. So I give myself a firm 50/50 for both!


7. What's your favorite breakfast food?

I think breakfast is one of my all time favorite meals. I am very happy when you put a plate of scramble eggs, steaming hot grits, buttermilk biscuits and gravy and crispy fried bacon..... heaven on a plate!


8. Have you ever purchased anything from an infomercial?

Nope!


9. Have you ever crawled through a window?

Yep!


10. Do you believe in love at first sight?

Married to him! Yes! When I saw him from across the room I had a very distinct thought that this was it for me!


11. How many pairs of jeans do you own?

The question should be how many pairs of jeans do you own that you can fit in. Four maybe five pairs. Two of which are designate working in the yard and painting jeans not wearing out in public jeans.


12. If someone were going to bake a cake to honor/represent you, what would it be? (Think creatively, like Duff and Crew on "Ace of Cakes.")

A double chocolate cake with pomegranate martin flavored filling baked into the shape of a laptop sitting on a table with my camera and USB cord sitting next to it, my cell phone, my bible as well, with an actual working fan made out of fondant that oscillates back and forth!

 

For more Random Dozen head over to http://2nd-cup-of-coffee.blogspot.com/ for more!

Blessings

Robin

13 comments:

Deb said...

Love, love, love your answers!! What an ordeal at the library! I think you handled it quite well...I might have gotten a weee bit louder than their whisper policy!!
Finally...someone who loves to listen to Barry Manilow as much as me and by the way.....when can I join you for breakfast??
Have a great week!
Deb

edshunnybunny said...

Wow! That's some answer to #1! Glad that you got that straight! As for that cake...I'd sure like to see that one! LOL Kathy

auburnchick said...

Oh my gosh! The nerve of some people! It's a library, for heaven's sake! I totally would have written a letter to somebody somewhere regarding the way you were treated!! Kudos for canceling your card!

Pat said...

I liked your answers but then I got to the cake answer and i LOVE it.

Janera Jepson said...

Hi Robin-

I've enjoyed reading your responses to Random Dozen. It's a terrific meme. I've always liked a good meme and now I have started my own. We just started a new meme called "Wednesday Wickedness" and will post on Tuesday afternoons. You are welcome to do it on Tuesdays, if you do only one meme a day! We are up and posted now. Each week we pick a famous person and find 10 quotes. Then each question is based on the quotes! This week is George Clooney. Check us out at http://jjatww.blogspot.com.

Thanks!
Janera

The Bug said...

Wow - I want to see that cake!

I think I have the album in the upper left - can't remember the name. And then my cousin gave me a double album greatest hits set. That's when my dad started complaining LOL.

Nel said...

Enjoyed all of your answers. Oh my gosh, I don't blame you I would not of paid the fine either... How crazy! Would really like to see your cake! and I think you are the first one to mention grits. I like those too once in a while.

until next time... nel

Mocha with Linda said...

What a library story. Good for you for standing firm!

The cake sounds marvelous!

skoots1mom said...

i want to hear more about the window

Joyce said...

I know a few people with bad library stories...glad they didn't lock you up : )

Your comment about natural disasters cracked me up...and I'm not referring to the Florida one...I mean the other one : )

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Loved your answers. I would not have paid that library fine either. Glad you stood your ground. Love & blessings from NC!

Angie's Ad Lib said...

Aren't librarian's perfect? :) A good battle of the wills story never grows old.

I had some of those albums. I bet they're still in a closet at my mom's house. Such good memories. Sigh.

Awesome cake! You thought that one through. How many bloggers would identify with your cake - lots!

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

Great answers!
Sorry for what you went through for the library. OMG.
You really love Barry don't you?
Mine is here
Happy Thursday!
hugs
shakira

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