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Things I learned by example on my commute this morning:

1. 10mph over the speed limit on a residential street is not fast enough.
2. Double yellow lines should not prevent you from passing in a school zone.
3. If you are trying to turn but someone is walking in the crosswalk (with the light on their side), you should just turn anyway.


I left the house about five minutes early this morning, and apparently that's when the stupid people drive.

On the plus side, the sun has come out! It's a lovely day for the Boy to have his 8-hour drive. We went to the library last night and found him some books on CD to keep him company. There was a lady in the recorded book section at the same time, very happy to try to give advice. I was being unhelpful and recommending a bunch of books I knew he wouldn't want. (Super Secrets of the Manicure Club? OK, I made that one up.) She thought I was funny, and decided to be our friend. She asked Sharif what kind of books he likes to read, and when he said science fiction, the scene went like this:

Happy lady: Oh, there's this author, he has a new one out. It's a series, and I know it's a series because when I finished the book, I was sad that I would have to wait for a new one. It's science fiction . . . gee, what was the name?
Another lady: Grisham?
Happy lady: No . . .
Other lady: Was it like Grisham?
Happy lady: No, more like Eddings, but not Eddings.
Sharif: What are the books about?
Happy lady: I don't remember! I can see it . . .
Sharif: What does the cover look like?
Happy lady: I don't know! Oh, this is going to bug me.
Sharif: Look, a Dune book! I'll get that.
Joanna: And here's some Bradbury. Let's go look at the children's section and see if they have any Harry Potter for you.

At that point we left, without ever solving the mystery of That Guy That Wrote That Book. I think I have an idea of what it's like to be butnotdavid or wowbagger now.

Anyway, boy gone for two weeks. Weekend looking to be lovely. Joanna has some work to do.
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From:rosewater
Date:April 20th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Hee hee, I get those people too. Yesterday a guy came in looking for a report, and all he could tell me about it was that it came out in the last six months. He was like "it's about measuring... performance... and how can you measure performance... in something. Maybe chemistry." (He was holding a copy of Performance Measurement so I'm not even sure if that was true or if he was just pulling a Keyser Soze.) The same guy later bought a bunch of books and said "you don't have... like... a discount?" I was like "um, we have some discounts. For instance we have an employee discount." Translation: no idea why you would deserve a discount. (After a minute or so he started inventing discounts he might get, which is a pretty common game, but none of them were real.)

ANYWAY. Hope Sharif got some good books to listen to.
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From:khakipants
Date:April 20th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! I just realized that I left out one of my favorite parts of the conversation, and have had to go back to add it. The "Other Lady" apparently knows only one author's name. I didn't even think you could consider Grisham science fiction.

I believe that Sharif now has approximately 30 hours of recorded entertainment for his car. We may have gone a little overboard.
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From:misfidget
Date:April 20th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Item one- I bet that game is similar to the "i saw this cross stitch pattern at a yard sale in 1982 and I didn't buy it but now I want to stitch it and it has a santa in it can you please find it and sell it to me?" game which our customers play all the time. Also, yesterday I had to explain to someone that we don't publish Plastic Canvas magazine and therefor do not have archived issues she can buy. At least they're funny :)

Item two- I have found that the two best things about the boy being gone are usually a. all the practical stuff you get done and b. the joyous reunion
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From:khakipants
Date:April 20th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Hee. Yeah, I'm actually really looking forward to getting ALL of my laundry done. And spending some time at the mall looking for new work clothes and shoes. I GUESS THAT I HAVE BEEN NEGLECTING THESE THINGS FOR LOVE?
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From:rosewater
Date:April 20th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)
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We got a letter one time from a guy who had gone to a government office, he didn't know which, when he was younger and gotten some reading materials, he didn't know precisely what they were about, and then they'd gone to his wife in a messy divorce and could we send him more.

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From:wowbagger
Date:April 20th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
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"There's this book by this one author, she writes mysteries in a series, I don't remember her name, but they're all in Mississippi, or maybe it was North Dakota."

Every damn day.
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From:rosewater
Date:April 20th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
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My favorite from all my book-related jobs has been "I'm looking for a book, I don't know the title, but the author is a man who has a woman's name."
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From:khakipants
Date:April 20th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Hee! You could have tried to convince that person that a whole bunch of female authors are actually men. Make her (him?) look really stupid later. "Do you mean Charlotte Bronte? Or Jane Austen?"
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From:khakipants
Date:April 20th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
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"Well, my favorite book set in North Dakota is The Hobbit. If it's actually Montana you need, I'd suggest Terry Pratchett's Discworld series or maybe The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire."
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