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Funny Librarian Moment

I started listening to the audiobook of Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick today, which is on the 2009-2010 Truman Award List. I just had to share this fun moment in the book:

From page 34-35

"I went over to the information desk, which was abandoned, and rang this little bell that said RING FOR ASSISTANCE. Apparently in the wacky world of libraries, "assistance" could mean "hot mama." An incredibly beautiful, young-looking lady popped out of a back little room and glided toward me. I felt myself blushing as I cleared my throat.

"Are you...um...a librarian?" Oops, I hadn't meant to sound so shocked.

"No, I'm a lawn gnome. Yes, I'm a librarian. Well, a librarian in training. My name is Amanda."

"Umm, well, I was wondering if you could help me find some books."

"Sure," she said. "Here! I give you...some books!" She gestured in a wide circle at the stacks all around us, then kind of giggled.

This just made me laugh because there are so many days when I want to answer back with a fun snarky remark when people ask if I'm a librarian or do you work here or do you have any books? Amanda, you are an inspiration! :)

Comments

  1. I can just see you doing that lol

    Barry

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  2. Haha, that is hilarious! I don't think I'd say that I was a lawn gnome when asked such a question :)

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  3. Haha! I like that little passage, I'm going to have to get this book sometime.

    I just love customers some days. I work in a deli and when people stop me and say, Excuse me, do you work here? I just want to point out that don't normally go around wearing a black apron and a hat that advertises meat.

    --Amber

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  4. That is so funny!

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  5. Storyheart-haha, thanks! Sometimes people need a little snark :)

    Epic Rat-I don't know what people would do if I told them I was a lawn gnome.

    Amber-I know, I laugh everytime someone asks. And why would they ask if you work in the deli? So silly!

    Insert Book Title & Jessica-Thanks-I'm glad you liked it.

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  6. incredibly beautiful, young-looking lady .... obviously this person went to my library and i was the inspiration- OBVIOUSLY. haha!

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