Friday, June 08, 2007

i love nerds


I just got off the phone with Matthew Lesko, the Question Mark Guy. You may have seen him on TV hawking his books about getting free money for stuff. He wanted *my* opinion on how to market a new product to libraries!
I think he's hot. He's a rock star among librarians. No one understands this! He's smart, he's funny, and he wears glasses...sigh.




Thursday, June 07, 2007

great. terrific

I was invited by the library director to come and join her and the library staff and the Friends group as they presented a scholarship to one of the circulation clerks who is also a full-time college student.

As we stood about enjoying brownies and freshly-baked devil's food cake still warm from the oven, a clerk came in and said to me, "There's a little boy out here who needs a book," and I said, without thinking, IN FRONT OF EVERYONE, "Oh, I don't do little boys."

Laughter, thank goodness, and the gratitude of my library's director, who said that she certainly hoped not.

This moment would be about a 5 out of 10 on the embarrass-o-meter. Not as bad as farting in front of the Queen of England. Not as bad as dropping all your tampons out of your purse in front of your (male) boss (I say from experience). But worse than forgetting the name of someone you've spoken to more than once, or speaking too loudly in a suddenly quiet room. In my humble opinion.

miss match 3

Things are going in fits and starts.

I've had two people express interest, then disappear since going live. Emails were exhanged. Phone numbers changed hands. I even did speak to one fella and we discussed things to do on a first date. Then...the Big Silence.

I understand that no commitments or even promises are being made, and everyone is free to look and keep looking, but I don't think I understand someone who expresses interest in meeting, then disappears.

Also: I had emailed someone who was marginally interesting to see if I could start a dialogue. He emailed me back a long diatribe about why we were wrong for each other based on our profiles and closed by insulting my profession with lame jokes. I wrote him back and said that perhaps we didn't have much in common, and wished him luck, and received an email this morning that said, in part

...wow, I really scared you away...or your just a snot who can't take a joke...

That really warmed the cockles of my heart, let me tell you. If you're going to be snarky (which I guess passes as wit these days), at least use proper punctuation.



Wednesday, June 06, 2007

shameless commerce

You should buy your music at CDBaby. They write the cutest confirmation emails:


Your CD has been gently taken from our CD Baby shelves with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow. A team of 50 employees inspected your CD and polished it to make sure it was in the best possible condition before mailing. Our packing specialist from Japan lit a candle and a hush fell over the crowd as he put your CD into the finest gold-lined box that money can buy. We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party marched down the street to the post office where the entire town of Portland waved "Bon Voyage!" to your package, on its way to you, in our private CD Baby jet on this day, Wednesday, June 6th. I hope you had a wonderful time shopping at CD Baby. We sure did. Your picture is on our wall as "Customer of the Year." We're all exhausted but can't wait for you to come back to CDBABY.COM!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Sigh...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

revenge of the wolf spider


Last night I saw an ususual dark blob on my floor. Since it was right near the cats' dishes, which can sometimes include the odd stray bit of kibble that didn't stay on the paper, I paid it no mind until I realized that this dark blob had legs. 'pears to me that this mommy spider had a whole lotta eggs she wanted to leave in a safe warm place. I escorted her outside, poor thing. The last thing I need is to support a home for spider foundlings.

Monday, June 04, 2007

miss match 2

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it, really, because I'm looking again too, but I have seen at least 2 people I dated in the past few years on Match now.

Is it mean-spirited of me to say that I know WHY they're looking again/still? I must be careful here - there are two sides to every story. Still, I know I was right in thinking that neither was right for me.

Bachelor #1 had a chip on his shoulder about his own opinions and was pretty intolerant of the likes/dislikes of others. His rant about how much he hated "Lost in Translation" was almost a deal-breaker. I went on one date with him and decided, in the end, that although we *could* talk about things like music and books and movies, it would probably wind up being painful. That, and I had serious doubts about being the only person with a car in a relationship with someone who lived 20 miles away.

Bachelor #2 stated and re-stated his preference for kind and honest women, but was rather cold and awkward himself. Although he liked the same quirky music and movies I did, I could never find the warmth. When I broke up with him after 5 dates, he complained that I did not trust him and that I made no effort to initiate activities. My take on it was that he didn't earn my trust and that he seemed too distant for me to connect with. Next!


Update: since the new profile went up I've had 112 new views of my profile. I got an email from a gentleman in Spain who assures me that he can fly anywhere to meet me and that I look "cute and kind and responsible" (how does one look responsible?), and a "wink" from a fellow who would like me to know that he is not into game players. Both were discarded. Not my cup of tea!