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Friday, April 24, 2009

from a tired, overworked mind

My ADD is still working overtime. I spent 3 minutes tonight standing outside with my purse on the roof of a car rifling through all my junk looking for keys. The car was running. Duh! I used the keys to start the car; they're in the ignition!

I'm here at our own wonderfully beautiful library using the free WiFi. I came home tonight and the house smelled too strongly of household cleaners. My eyes are still stinging. I grabbed my laptop and hightailed it to a safe haven. I know, you're all thinking, "How does she manage that??? Being allergic to nearly all household cleaners would mean ... no cleaning?"

Yep. Some days I love my life. :)

But using the WiFi at the public library is not without it's disadvantages. Last time I was here I got kicked out. I did. It was that week we didn't have internet...The week I discovered that I really DON'T want to live in the past. I NEED internet, and telephone, and cable TV!

I read the sign on the library door:
Monday through Friday 9 AM - 9 PM
Saturday and Sunday 9 AM - 5:30 PM

So when the lady came by and waved at me about 5:25. I waved back. The guy next to me was packing up his laptop, but I just kept working.

Then the lady came back and waved again, but it was a strange movement, not the five-fingered jiggle she had given before. She wasn't smiling this time either.

I looked up and smiled. And kept working. I thought, "I guess she came to see that I'm not doing anything evil up here."

Then she walks over and says, "Ma'am, the library is closing."

Surprised, I responded, "Oh, I thought it was open until 9."

"No, Ma'am. That's Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday we close at 5:30." She says unsmiling and looking at her watch. My computer blinks 5:35. "That's why I was holding up five fingers," she adds. "To let you know there were five minutes left."

I wanted to say "oops. I thought you were giving a Miss America salute." But I refrained as I began to pack up. She did back off and let me pack my computer. I half expected the cops and handcuffs at that point.

On my way out, the librarians were all lined up at the desk. All of them. Unsmiling. Obviously waiting for the last customer -- that's me -- to leave so they can go home on Friday night.

I ducked my head and walked quickly out the door. But not before reading the door again. Darn it. That librarian can read:

Monday through Thursday - 9 AM - 9 PM
Friday and Saturday - 9 AM - 5:30 PM

This time, I'm hiding in the coffee shop near the entrance. I'll be sure I leave at least 5 minutes before closing time. I can just hear the clink of handcuffs!!!


Ballerina Girl said...

hahaha, good way to push a librarian's limits ;)
good luck with the coffee shop!

PJ said...

That's really the heart of it. I do love to push the limits!!! Even though it was accidental at the time.

ann said...

It kind of reminds me of when I see someone across the way or the room wave at me, and I wave back all smiley and excited, and then I find out they were waving at someone behind me.

PJ said...

Ann, I thought I was the only person who did that!! LOL

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