A while back, I attempted to get an online extension on a library book. For whatever reason, the password wasn’t working and after trying different combinations (although the password was written down and verified with the librarian at the time it was initially set…in person even) I called the library. They gave me an extension on my book but said my password couldn’t be addressed over the phone. Two weeks later, I return the books and seek the help of the librarian at the desk. I state that I’d like to reset my password. Here’s how it went,
Librarian– “What would you like it to be? It can be anwhere from 4 to 8 alpha-numeric characters.”
Me- “2-4-4-the letter zero-7-1.”
Librarian– “Would you like that to be the number zero?”
Me- “I thought you said it could be letters or numbers.”
Librarian– “That’s right.”
Me- “Okay then, 2-4-4-the letterrrrrrrr zeeeeeeeeeerooooooooo (complete with fingers forming the letter)-7-1.”
Librarian– “There is no letterrrrrrrrrr zeeeeeeeeeerooooooo. There’s the number zero….would you like that?”
Me- Looking dazed and confused briefly and even I noticed the click which was more like a ka-lunk! when I realized what I’d said and what she was explaining. “Awe geez! The letter o…small letter o. (laughing visibly at myself) No wonder I was having difficulty with my password…I was using the letter zero!”
I would blame it on Monday but really, it could’ve been any day. I think that has been my most public show of a need to have my brain burped in quite some time though.
Our library has positioned itself in the present as far as technology is concerned. I knew it was time for me to come to terms with my lack of tech saavy when I found my local library had a website aaaaaand it was interactive. Hoping books never become a thing of the past, I ventured down to renew my library card only to be told that it was an outdated relic and was issued a brand new one along with a matching one for my keyring (they must’ve had people like me in mind when they decided on that option…I always had a hard time keeping up with my library card).
My first book, even with an extension, didn’t get read. It may have been the time I opted to check it out…Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s…I’m almost sure that’s the reason. Today, I checked out another book. The librarian asked, “Just the one?”. “Yes. Just the one. Baby steps, eh?”, I replied. She got a chuckle out of that but I was so serious. I’ve never been a reader. I fall asleep. There may have been a handful of books that have held my attention long enough for me to read from start to finish. I can remember the titles of even less; My Side of the Mountain, Dear Lovey Hart, I Am Desperate, The Flame and The Flower, The Girl Who Cried Flowers. I’ve tried a gazillion times with as many different books of a variety of subjects to be an avid reader…I’ll keep trying. The worst thing that could happen is I’ll get more sleep…that can’t be a bad thing.