Monday, January 22, 2007

Actual Telephone Conversations Heard in Actual Libraries #70


ME— Tri-Metro Public Library.

CALLER—Yes, is Mrs. A there?

ME— No, I'm sorry. She's not in today. Can I take a message?

CALLER— Huh? But, I talked to her this morning.

ME— Yes. She's only in for half a day on Mondays.

CALLER— So, she'll be in later?

ME— No. She's only in for half a day on Mondays. That half was this morning.

CALLER— Oh. So, she'll be in tomorrow afternoon, then?

ME— No. She's only here a half day today. She'll be in all day tomorrow.

CALLER— Oh. So, I could call tomorrow morning?

ME— (Trying not to sigh exasperatedly) Yes.

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An employee of a small town "liberry" chronicles his quest to remain sane while dealing with patrons who could star in a short-lived David Lynch television series.