Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Actual Telephone Conversations Heard in Actual Libraries #106


ME— Tri-Metro County Library.

BIRTHDAY LADY— Yes, could you tell me the birthday of that young actor who just died?

(Looks around for where Ms. M might have written it. We had both been on shift when we heard about Heath Ledger's death and knew Birthday Lady was likely to call. Unfortunately, if Ms. M actually wrote it down like she said she was going to, she did so in a very unobvious place, so I had to Google it.)

ME— April 4, 1979.

BIRTHDAY LADY— (Slowly) April.... ninth.... nineteen...

ME— No, April 4, 1979.

BIRTHDAY LADY— Oh. (Slowly) April.... fourth.... nineteen... seventy... nine.


rose said...

When I heard about Heath Ledger, my first thought was, I wonder if the Birthday Lady will call Juice's Library!

Jan said...

It's a sign of how addicted I am to your blog when the first thought I had when I heard Heath Ledger died was "I wonder if he's too current for the Birthday Lady to care about".

Juice S. Aaron said...

Yeah, I was a little surprised he'd turned up on her radar, as she tends to specialize in actors from the 40's through the 60s. Then I realized that there was hardly any way for her to avoid news coverage about him and it all made sense.

MrAnonymous said...

Have you met the Birthday Lady?

Juice S. Aaron said...

If I have, I didn't know it.

I suspect she doesn't venture into the building much, but she's a patron all the same.

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.