Showing posts from July, 2007

I love the Effing Librarian

I love the Effing Librarian's blog...some of the things he says make me laugh outloud while I read them in the library. Sometimes it's ok to look weird.

I laughed so hard today when I read:The Secret Mantra that could save your life. I would like to think that we all have a mantra like this. And Mom, if you ever read this...I say apples and bananas.

The lobster red and the restless

Saturday was an eventful day. After cleaning the bejeezus out of the house on Friday, and setting up all morning Saturday, we were ready to host company. Over 30 people came to the pool party: roomie M's coworkers, her family, my family, and a few assorted friends. Too much good food (which means no groccery shopping this week), good music on the radio, and great company made for a really nice afternoon.

The weather cooperated for the most part earlier in the day, providing sun for swimming, though it hid behind trees later in the day and the water was a little cooler. I especially enjoyed the pool since I learned that morning how to clean it. Skimming and vacuuming, a most exciting task for the first 15 minutes, until my muscles began to ache from all the pulling, dipping, and scooping, that 2 hours later produced a leaf and grass free pool. (The pool is inground and we had just cut the grass that morning).

I was so pleased with the pool that I suddenly became aquatic girl and spen…

Dead Celebrities Lady, who I was beginning to forget

For those of you who may remember me writing about Dead Celebrities Lady, some months back, well, she called again today. She is the woman who calls the library occasionally to get information on when famous people have died. I imagine her sitting at home checking the names of dead people off a list, maybe crotchetting their names onto doilies, or possibily just thinking up ways to bring these dead celebrities up in conversation.

"Did you hear that it is going to rain today?"

"No, but did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt died in 1962 of 'aplastic anemia, tuberculosis, and heart failure.?'"

Today Dead Celebrity lady wanted to know the years that Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt died (Eleanor in 1962, FDR in 1945).

While I was typing this she called to let me know that she was looking through her uncle's records, and wondered when Cab Calloway died (1994). Had to smile in spite of myself. I realized how much I had missed talking to Dead Celebrities Lady.


My friend Lisa sent this link, which takes you to a Burger King promo site where you can "Simpsonize" yourself to see what you would look like in the world of the Simpsons. am a gym teacher. :)

crazy looking library

Here is a slide show of pictures of the Seattle Public Library. The architechture is mind boggling.

Remembering Detroit-Part 2

All I know of the Detroit 1967 Riot is what I have read in history books and heard in interviews, so this won't be a reflection like the Woodward piece. In writing this I hope to do little more than remind people of the sad events that took place 40 years ago, this past week.

The Detroit Riot, which took place July 23, 1967, began after white police tried to break up a party of Black Detroiters celebrating the homecoming of two Vietnam veterans. With dozens of people taken into custody, other left behind felt that they could no longer handle the inequalities of these meausres. Thus began the looting and rioting.

Many attribute social inequalities, poverty, and racial tensions as the cause for the riot. "By all accounts, Detroit was NOT a blighted city in 1967. However, the city was dealing with issues of white flight, job loss due to automation, and corresponding tax revenue loss, as well as the social ills of the period. Some key factors are often cited as contributing factors…

Remembering Detroit-Part 1

Two anniversaries happened within the past couple of weeks that I would briefly like to note.

Deemed at one point US 10 by the US Govt., then later M-1, Woodward Avenue was developed as a road that would go from Detroit (starting at Jefferson Ave., near the Detroit River, where you can see across to Canada) to Pontiac (where sections of Woodward are still known as "The Loop.") Woodward Avenue stretchs across 22 miles of an old road "where Indian moccasins padded and cattle trod the Saginaw trail, giving way to horse-drawn carriages and then automobile tires speeding up the world's first interurban 'superhighway.'"~Susan Whitall

But was is really important aren't the dates or size of Woodward, but rather the influence that the road has had, and maybe more importantly the people who have walked or driven over this road. It was a foot and horse beaten path forged by many native peoples of this land long before the white men came. It was a road trod upon …

For no reason

I posted these for no reason, other than I found these amusing. This reminded me of Motel Hell, which I have never seen, only heard about. A parody on one of my favorite Beatles' Albums,


So, while some of us are sad about the Harry Potter septupology being over, here are some things to make us smile!J.K. Rowling announced on the Today show, this morning that she is going to publish a encyclopedia (something like a reader) to accompany the Harry Potter books, that would include back stories of characters she has already written but had to cut. "I've said before that Dean Thomas had a much more interesting history than ever appeared in the books" ~Rowling)
J.K. Rowling also announced that she is currently working on two books. "I think that there will be some disappointment if I don't write another fantasy. But I must admit, I think I've done my fantasy. To go and create another fantasy universe would feel wrong, and I don't know if I'm capable of it...I'm sort of writing two things at the moment. One is for children and the other is not for children. The weird thing is that this is exactly the way I started writing Harry. I was wri…

Newbies on campus, ex-cons in the library

It is that time of year again. While those of us that took Spring/Summer semester classes are frantically finishing, newbies-new students for the Fall semester-are surfacing on campus to clog the Student Center and food court and generally get in the way of those of us that are trying to get to class or work, in their attempt to get "Oriented" to the campus.

I love the fact that I am not one of them, and walk past with an air of knowing where I need to be, as they scuttle along-like freshwater crabs crawled out of the Detroit River-behind Orientation leaders wearing T-shirts in our obnoxious school colors of gold and hunter green. Watching them reminds me of the adventure I began just last fall as I began classes here. It is with almost a year under my belt that I consider Wayne State as familiar as home, and I am glad that I am far past those first few unsure weeks.

This morning, not long after I had settled in at my desk, a man and woman approached the desk, asking about the…

Summoned at the end of the semester

I am still in a funk.

I found myself at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows needing to process and talk out many points, so it was nice last night running into or being called by a couple of friends that had also finished the book. It felt nice to go over the text which was rich with symbloism and some themes that harkened C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein to mind.

Today I woke up happier after my Potter discussions, but still feeling a little frazzled. Turned in my take-home final, weekly analysis paper, and redone Collection Development plan (for the Monterey Library) last night for my Collection Development class. I had stayed up the night before finishing them and was so glad to give them to my professor. I was so ecstatic for the end of that class, that I had to restrain myself from screaming like a banshee, throwing my papers at the professor and running, screaming from the room.

Tonight I have an in-class final, which will contain multiple sections; the worst section-the d…

Quote of the day

"Waiting until 2 days before your paper is due, the week of finals, then expecting a librarian to help you find some resources to use in your paper is as stupid as going to a fast food place during the normal lunch rush, five minutes before you are due back at work, and ordering a steamed lobster." ~the Monster Librarian

Today I feel exhausted and bitter. Everyone and their brother has needed loads of attention today. I just want to crawl under my desk and mope over the fact that I finished Harry Potter 7 and there will be no Harry Potter 8. So excited for so long and now there are no more books to look forward to. I have decided to write a #8, Harry Potter and the Monster Librarian finally gets her letter from Hogwarts. Sad, I know, but the title is catchy, no? I think I am suffering from Post Potter Depression.

More tips on Library etiquette

Some tips on Library etiquette that apply most everywhere else too, just replace Reference Desk with wherever you work, i.e., the counter at Burger King or Hooters, or your desk in a crowded office, in a high rise somewhere.Do not eat a deli sandwich, or other food items that contain strong onions and then decide to sit close to the Reference Desk and pour out the story of your paper's life.
Do not smoke multiple cigarettes and then decide to sit close to the Reference Desk and pour out the story of your paper's life.
Do not ask someone questions and then cut the person off before they can answer them.
Do not leave your phone in a purse, set next to the Reference desk, leaving it, only to have it go off-with the ringer on the loudest setting-set to music that sounds Cyndi Lauper worthy.(I wish I could have seen what I know was a confused and frantic look on my face as I tried to figure out how the Smurfs had set out a lyrical warning-swear to God it was the most fruity ring I hav…

An Ode to the Midwest, in a poem called, "Ode to the Midwest


Ode to the Midwest
by Kevin Young

I want to be doused
in cheese
& fried. I want
to wander
the aisles, my heart's
supermarket stocked high
as cholesterol. I want to die
wearing a sweatsuit—
I want to live
forever in a Christmas sweater,
a teddy bear nursing
off the front. I want to write
a check in the express lane.
I want to scrape
my driveway clean
myself, early, before
anyone's awake—
that'll put em to shame—
I want to see what the sun
sees before it tells
the snow to go. I want to be
the only black person I know.
I want to throw
out my back & not
complain about it.
I wanta drive
two blocks. Why walk—
I want love, n stuff—
I want to cut
my sutures myself.
I want to jog
down to the river
& make it my bed—
I want to walk
its muddy banks
& make me a withdrawal.
I tried jumping in,
found it frozen—
I'll go home, I guess,
to my rooms where the moon
changes & shines
like television.

Torn from the map of Michigan

Feeling nostalgic...or something today. Heard this song and it made me think of a different time in my life. The first time I heard this it was playing on TSOldtimers "Sad Songs," CD, in my car, and we were on the way to pick up my brother from the airport. He was coming for a short weekend in Massachusetts to visit the farm, and then we were going to embark on a road trip back to our parents house in Michigan (through MA., New York state, and Canada).
I remember feeling sligtly homesick for Michigan when I heard this song, and even glad at the prospect of going home for a spell. Though hearing it again today I realized that I was homesick for Massachusetts. Thinking of the idea of home, I managed to find this quote. Too true. "The country I come from Is called the Midwest" ~Bob Dylan
Here is a link for the video of Half Acre, sung by Hem.

Question mark...worse than recieving a T for Troll?

The Collection Development project, that I was sweating, was handed back last night. Half the class (according to the professor) recieved no grades, meaning the professor's notes are to be looked over, changes made, and the project has to be re-submitted by Tuesday.

I was one of those. I recieved a "?" and was left wondering "is that worse than the "T" for Troll, that students can recieve at Hogwarts?"

Sigh...more work, added to everything else. When is this semester over again?

I was unable to find a suitable troll picture, but found this funny picture of "Snape's other worst nightmare." Ha ha ha.

Literary summer

I am so excited for the four and a half weeks that I will have off as soon as I finish the Spring/Summer semester finals in a week and a half! Besides going to California for a week, I have simple plans for what I will be doing when I am not working.

I have decided that I will do some writing, and journal work-putting together pieces of my old journals into something, (which go back to 1992) and loads of reading. I have been mentally making a list of some books that I want to read on my break. Without further ado:
(Finish) Middlesex, Jeffrey EunidesPride and Prejudice, Jane AustenEast of Eden, John SteinbeckHuckleberry Finn, Mark TwainLittle Men, Louisa May AlcottNicolas Nickleby, Charles DickensGrace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott
I think this will be a summer of classics! I will keep you posted on my progress, and will share any delightful quotes or thoughts on these literary classics!

Technology is good, right?

Picture on left: Purdy side of the library, picture on right Krege side of the library. This was the original library at Wayne State, now called the Purdy Kresge Graduate Library. The buildings are connected by the first floor only...interestingly, useless design.

It seems as though nothing is working today at the library. Days like these I wonder if technology is really an advancement. I still have conspiracy theories about it, but I will save those rants for another day.

The printer has been down on my floor since I came in. A service call put in to our contracted printer-fix-it man has gone unanswered. I posted a sign, warning the students of the problem, also offering the suggestion that printing is still available downstairs.
I now have a sign hanging on my desk that says, "due to a denial of service attack originating from off campus on the WSU mail servers, incoming and outgoing e-mail is currently experiencing significant slowdowns..." What this basically means (what a …

Cluster Map-Tracking my 6 blog readers

I am always the last person on the band wagon. Mummy Dearest told me about Cluster Map (to put one on your page, click Get one link), then Traveling Shoes joined too. I finally caved when I saw that Mummy Dearest has readers in Australia. Maybe one day I will have readers abroad too...we'll see. I also thought that the map looked cool...ah, peer pressure!

Things to not do at the library

2 ways to lose favor with any Librarian, well, anyone reallyLet your phone ring loudly, while you giggle even more loudly and continue to talk to fellow annoying patron, instead of silencing said phone as quickly as possible. Did I mention that the ring tone (complete with words) is "Sexy Back," by Justin Timberlake? (While I also love that song, IN THE CLUB! it is not necessarily what I want playing in the background while I am helping a patron on the phone!)Come to the Reference Desk for help, smelling so strongly of weed that the reference staff are getting a contact high just helping you! Sorry if this blog is catty. My ovaries are trying to kick me out of my body today!

100th Post

I can't believe that I am at my 100th post...this coming after I fought the idea of starting a blog for nearly 5 years. How does one celebrate such a milestone? I searched google for a while, looking at other's 100th blog postings no inspiration whatsoever, so I guess I will share a story. Since I have no great words of wisdom to impart, I have decided to reflect on becoming a Librarian.

Monster Mom and I were having lunch together the other day, talking about my nieces and nephews and their recent misadventures, when I asked Ma what I was like as a kid. Mom told me about how I used to go to the library with her and I would pick out as many books as the librarians said I could (many of those were the height of technology-those classy-"when you hear the bell ring, like this **, that is when you will know to turn the page" books).

Once back home, Mom said I would get my Fisher Price tape player (which I still have-by the way) and put the tape in and follow alon…

Give a monster a map and she'll want to count cities by letter

Finished my third to last paper of the semester! What a sense of relief. I see the end in sight.

Quickly checked the New England library job Listserv and was amazed at how many posts were up today, something like 8 new posts. There were many for Massachusetts, three cities that I had never heard of, so I did some searching to find, Billerica, Beverly, and Bellingham. The three are located between the Salem and Boston areas.

Just in case it ever comes up on Jeopardy.

Then I began to wonder how many cities there are in Massachusetts that begin with the letter "B."

There are 29.

Cities that begin with the letter "B" in Massachusetts come in fourth after cities that begin with the letter "W," with 46 cities, and then the letter "S" with 35, and the letter "M," with 31 cities.

Seriously, it is my day off...what am I still doing here? I am going to get in the pool!

George Bush's Father

I swear to God, this is too good to make up.

A real phone conversation:

Man: I know that the President's name is George Bush. But what is his fathers first name?

Me: His father sir? His name is also George.

Man: What was that that you said?

Me: (Speaking a little louder) His father's name is also George, sir.

Man: Now slow down a minute. Did you say that his name was also George?

Me: Yes sir, that is what I said.

Man: You said yes.

Me: Yes sir, his name is George. I said yes.

Man: Ok, thank you.

I thought it might be one of those MTV things when they call to see if you can keep your temper to get the money, then when he didn't say anything like that, I looked around for the Candid Camera. Some days I love my job.

Envoking the Patriot Act

Sitting at the desk I was approached by an older gentleman who handed me a letter. The first thing I saw when I looked down was his address, typed at the top of the letter. And right under his name it read, "Federal Burea of Investigation."

I am the only Reference Library assistant in the whole building. My mind starts to whirl. Is he here to try and obtain something? Is he going to cite the Patriot Act and ask for some kind of records? Is he going to try and step between me and my duty to protect privacy!? Is he...a guest speaker that is lost on his way to the class he is speaking in front of? Yeah. That was about it.

But I was ready to kindly ask for a subpoena before I handed anything over.

This link is to the story about the CT. librarians that are suing the U.S. Govt. for their wrongful use of the Patriot Act.


If I were finished with school and could travel and take a job anywhere (because I'd actually be a real and true librarian), here are some jobs that I might consider. These postings came to me just this afternoon:Job Title: Part-Time Reference Librarian: California State University, Dominguez Hills University LibraryJob Title: Librarian- Children's Services Organization: Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York, Job Title: Librarian- Young Adult Services Organization: Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New YorkJob Title: Reference Librarian, Faculty - Collection Development: North Harris Montgomery Community College District, Location: Houston, TexasJob Title: Marketing/Outreach Librarian, Location, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
As for the time being, I am still waiting for my letter from Hogwarts. I had to post this picture because I was just saying this to someone yesterday...ah...sad.

Holy Grail homework and Russian-esque gatherings

Case study update: The case study from Hell (can be seen here) was returned to me last night, much like how I imagined one would feel if they were handed the Holy Grail. (When the paper was handed to me I was pretty much that lady in the picture on the right). Aglow. I had a dazzling red 98 on the top of my paper, with a comment about how I had noted some things that most students in the class had missed. This is a compliment from Professor Napolean-Complex. I was awestruck. I was expecting a B at best! Hooray.

Exhausted today at work. Thankfully the day is going by quickly. Last night sat around with friends, celebrating a birthday. It felt so Russian of us to sit around this tiny table covered in beer bottles, an ashtray full of snubbed cigarette butts, and other remnants of the party; sitting outside on the cool night, arguing over politics, talking about religion and relationships, and how things have changed in our lives as friends. It was one of those wonderfully deep nights, ric…

"Vacation, all I ever wanted!"

Great news! Tooling around on the internet today (should be doing homework), and found a ticket for $236 roundtrip to San Diego! Looks like I am going to California for 6 days to visit my brother's family! YEAH!

I am looking forward to the month off from classes in the month of August, and now I get a vacation too! WHOAH! (Said like Joey on the TV show Blossom). Can't wait to meet my nephew, Monster N, who was born last November, and see my niece, Monster G, who I have not see since she was a couple of months old (she is now almost 2 1/2).

I haven't been to California in over 2 years! Where does the time go?

Pleasant surprises

In the past 5 days I have gotten a few wonderful and pleasant surprises.

1. On Saturday my best friend Married K gave me her old mini Ipod, which is in great shape. I named it Blue. This picture shows what it looks like. She also left on all of her music and some books. I love you Married K! You are the best!

2. Went with Brother A3 for dinner at our sister and brother-in-law's house ('rents were also there). My nephew Monster A, who took a few steps over the past few weeks, surprised us all with his daring feats (pun intended), of walking all over the place. Monster A is 13 and 1/2 months. Monster Aunt is so proud!!

3. Not to be outdone, Monster Niece S (big sister to Monster Nephew A) went potty 3 times while I was there! Go Monster S!!

4. Last, but not least!! GF friend Amos called this morning to tell me that she and C.J. got engaged!! I am a terrible friend, and forgot to ask how he proposed. Wedding is at least 2 years away since Amos is still finishing school. Big Congrats…

On being UN-hip

In an earlier blog I posted the link to an article about hip librarians. We talked about the article in class Monday night, and the professor, a retired library director, who always talks about her experience by prefacing it with "when I was the director, like 8 million years ago," mentioned how great the article is, even passing it around class for all to read. I reread the article, then raising my hand to say, "Seriously, this article makes librarians look anything but hip. Who says stuff like, 'That me just speaking Dewey,' (or whatever the girl said in the article)?" The professor responded by smiling and changing the subject. At least I tried.I have come to terms that I am in an uncool profession. I didn't decide on this profession thinking, "wow, librarians are always getting laid!" or anything like that. Anyway, I found this hilarious blog entry from the Effing Librarian, on the same article (I copied and pasted what he/she said below).…

Cinematic bliss among a throng of Potter-ites

Yesterday was a long day...I stayed up all night Monday to finish my Collection Development plan, managing, to spend nearly all of my $5,000 dollars, though I was not able to find reviews for all of the materials that I wanted to add to my collection. Making collection choices without reviews to back up the decision makes it seem as though you were just choosing resources to choose them, so I am hoping he grades mercifully! I finally finished my project at around 6:30am, went home and made my roomie breakfast, laid down for a 15 minute nap, then got back up for work.

Yesterday was a long day at work and in class. I had prepurchased my tickets for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (this link is for an interesting review) and that was all I could think about all day.

It is amazing-I was so tired all day, but by the time that we got to the movie theater around 11pm, for the 12:01a.m. showing, I was wide awake. What an experience! I didn't join the Potter bandwagon until after t…

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The movie release that I have been eagerly awaiting since I saw H.P. and the Goblet of Fire in November 2005! I am going to the midnight show of H.P. and the Order of the Phoenix Wednesday morning at 12:01 a.m.! Look for me in the back. I will be the one dressed as Harry (scar and all)! To see the trailer, click here. The special effects look AWESOME!


The gogillionth annual P****'s Pond 4th of July Party took place on Saturday...July 7th. The annual tradition is that friends and family of CatholicLand's family get together-some people showing up as early as Friday-to tent out for the weekend in the yard-for this day of family, friends, good food, games, a bonfire, and fireworks. The party goes until well after dark, with some people (usually friends of the P****'s boys) staying until Sunday afternoon.

This is probably the third or fourth time that I have gone, in the 8 years that I have known the P****'s family, though the last time I came was summer '02 while I was still an undergrad. This year was no different, though less painless, as I avoided a run in (laden with sexual tension) with Capt. Frustrated.

Anyway, while I was waiting for friends to show up, I began to notice the sub-cultural groups present at the party; 4 distinguishable groups at this gathering, that you too, may have noticed present at a functio…

Pics from a doting aunt

Since I don't have any kids to brag about, like Mummy Dearest's adorable rug rats, I will do the next best thing. I am posting pics of my niece Gala (who is nearly 2 1/2) and my nephew Noah (who will be 8 mos. soon!), who live in Cali with my Bro and sister-in-law. Gala looks a little like I did when I was her age, though my hair wasn't quite that curly, and Noah looks like my brother Adam did when he was little. It is amazing how different they look from my sister and brother-in-law's fair skinned, blondies, Syd and Aidan. They definitely got a lot of Lucia's Mediterranean tones (She is from Spain). This is me doting...dote dote dote!

Sun after the storm

Much like the countdown that I have been keeping for the release of the 7th Harry Potter book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I have been counting down the end of my Masters Program (Dec. ’07-5 more months! Woo Hoo!), but closer than that is the end of the Spring/Summer semester. Finals for me fall between the week of 7/23-7/30. One take-home final due 7/23. One in-class written final on 7/24. And a final paper/presentation due 7/30.

Turned the case study from hell in last night. Actually, once I got going I was able to write enough (8 pages, 9 with the Bibliography. However, after last nights’ class I am feeling as though I should have resolved the situation in the case study differently. It was about an unruly, long-time employee. I got the impression that the professor thought that we should “can” her, but I guess I am too nice. I said that we should offer her a different position within the library, somewhere less in contact with the public, on a trial basis, with the unders…

The Harry Potter countdown

The print in this picture is really small, so click on it to read-thought this was funny! Thanks for the link to Potterific, Kt. I loved the H.P. comics! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows comes in two weeks! I am so excited!

Hipper Librarians

A Hipper Crowd of Shushers, a New York Times article about the hipper, changing face of librarians.

Harry Potter and the culture of reading

This is a great article about how the Harry Potter series has impacted not only culture, but reading.

(Yes, yes,TSOldtimer, I was one of those who refused a good thing in the beginning. I will never live it down!)

By the way I don't even have to search for these articles about H.P., this one was in my American Libraries Direct, which is my bi-weekly online magazine from the American Libraries Association. They love H. P. Too!

Finished-a Haiku

Finished; both it seems the paper and I
like a storm

That is my Haiku for the day.

I finished my case study. It is now 5am, the birds are chirping and I need to get home and sleep. Need to be back here at the office at 9am for work. Today is going to be a long day. Thursdays I work an 11 hour day, then I am meeting a friend tonight at 9pm.

Fireworks after all

Fireworks Finale 2007

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I did get to see fireworks tonight after all. Wish I were sitting outside and not at the desk...homework...yes, I am still avoiding that paper!

The Seven Wonders of Today's World

You may or may not be familair with the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, a list that was allegedly compiled by Herodotus , (pictured left) though his writings about it never survived, the idea was instead passed on through reference to the work by other writers.

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World :
The Great Pyramid of GizaThe Hanging Gardens of BabylonThe Temple of Artemis at EphesusThe Statue of Zeus at OlympiaThe Mausoleum at HalicarnassusThe Colossus of RhodesThe Pharos of AlexandriaApparently, a Swiss company is calling for a modern list to be compiled, which will be unveiled on July 7, 2007. You can vote here...and be a part of history...I guess. It sounds a bit dodgy.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has criticized the effort as unbased in science, and Egypt feels that it is a competition against the Pyramids of Giza which were on the first, original list. You decide.

And yes, I am working on my paper! I wrote a paragraph and then dec…

A holiday without traditions, a new tradition

We never had holiday traditions growing up, I think that was why I loved them so much when I worked at GF. Following my tradition of a holiday sans traditions, today was a bizarre day of events.

I went out to breakfast with Roomie, hitting the nearest Coney Island (the term Coney Island confused people that were not from MI. when I mentioned Coney Island restaurants while living out East.) Coney Islands are restaurants, that in this part of MI. consist of a few things:
Colorful menus.
Bad decor.
Staff members that only speak the langauge of the mother tongue.
A Greek family that owns and operates the restaurant.
Staple foods that they are known for (Greek salads are always good, greasy good breakfasts.
Multiple locations that are open 24 hours, and are the places where you eat at at 2am when you leave the club.
Pictures of Greek military in traditional uniforms.For the perfect example of what I mean when I talk about Coney Island restaurants, think of the one that the family owns in "My …

The Annual Firecracker 500

Today was the kick-off of the Annual Firecracker 500, on WOMC 104.3, which is the oldies station that I grew up listening to. I was reminiscing with one of the guys at work, rememebering being 13 and laying on my bed, writing in my journal and listening to the Firecracker 500 and just soaking up the music. He laughed and said, "I remember laying on my bed when I was 13 and the music wasn't 'oldies,' it was the music of the time." (He is my parents age.)
The Firecracker 500 happens every 4th of July-they begin counting down the Top 500 (determined every year by votes)-playing the oldies starting with #500 at 10am the day before July 4th, finishing sometime on the 4th, at which point they replay the list for the rest of the day. I love it! I came in this morning and by the time I put the radio on they were already at #485, now we are at #402...I can't believe I have heard that much music today! I bopped through The Beach Boys, the Jackson Five, Jerry Lee Lewis, …

Gift wrapped, really?

While I was working on my Collection development project for class (I have to make additions to a library's budget, using $5,000. I have decided to add three small collections within the larger collection. My additions will be in: farming, tourism, and mental health-three things that impact the area where the library is located.) Honest to God, I found this tonight on Amazon:

The Day the Voices Stopped: A Schizophrenic's Journey from Madness to Hope (Paperback) by Ken Steele (Author), Claire Berman (Author)

Key Phrases: delusional voices, mental health consumers, ground privileges, New York, Fountain House, Harlem Valley (more...)

List Price:

Availability: In Stock. Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Notice the bold print, is this really the type of book you'd want gift wrapped? Like, "gosh Bob, congratulations on that promotion! We got you a little something..." Really...?

Migraines a go go

I always felt bad for people who had migraines, but at the same time thought that they were just hypochondriacs. Well, I have been getting these headaches at work for the past month, increasing in intensity over that time, and have come to the conclusion that I am getting migraines. So, tonight after a day long headache, brain throbbing on the right side of my head, and blurry and spotty vision, I checked a great, free medical website that is perfect for the hypochondriac in all of us...
Apparently I am suffering from migraines with aura. I learned that this is different than normal migraines because you have "visual disturbances" before the migraine starts. Score one for our team...I get a warning. That came by way of blurred vision and a general inability to read a patrons screen while I was helping him with a question.
I would just like to thank TSOldtimer for his kind words today via an i.m. conversation in which he said that I probably have cancer or am going to have a …