“Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”

The last half-week have been a bit all over the place.

Starting with last Thursday, Nancy Dowd and I presented at the ALA Virtual Conference. I’ve presented with Nancy before (well, I spoke at one of Nancy’s presentations) and I knew we were going to have a fun time. The phone conversations and emails we exchanged as we got ready for the presentation were a blast. I hope that excitement carried over to the presentation itself. (I’m thinking about recording it using Jing and posting it so people can see my portion at another time.)

With the presentation done, it was onwards to moving. I moved to the Bordentown area which puts me within walking distance of work. It’s a nice little apartment and I’m pretty much all settled in, but not without stressing myself out about the move, the timing of the truck rental, and the timing of Verizon to hook up my cable since it overlapped. I have some mighty awesome friends who came to help me; I owe them a debt of gratitude on this one!

The weekend was a mix of unpacking, shopping for all those missing things in the apartment, and just generally relaxing. I’m pretty much set now, having stocked the kitchen with food that I will try not to ignore in favor of convenience and other quick prepared foods.

Today was about going to into work in the morning and then reporting for jury duty in the afternoon. I was walking around Mount Holly where the county seat is for Burlington County when I managed to trip on a one inch curb and then do that lurching forward motion where you try to regain your balance. After a few steps, it was obvious that gravity was not in my favor and I was delaying the inevitable. I landed on my side and rolled, avoiding scrapping the hell out of my hands and knees but not my pride. So when I arrived at the jury duty room, I was sweating from the heat outside, dusty from the roll on the ground, and feeling the impact of the ground on various parts of my body. A good way to start the day.

As I was selected to serve on a jury, that’s all I can say about that for now. But I’m going to declare a holiday for myself while I perform my civic duty.

There is one bit of business I’d like to toss out there: a starter topic for Thursday’s Open Thread. If you got one, name it! I’ll write up a little blurb and post it on Thursday.

8 thoughts on ““Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”

  1. I am an enthusiastic patron of my public library here in Northeastern Ohio. I was one of those somewhat misfit kids who volunteered in the library in high school, back in the (dinosaur?) days of the Demco notching charger…….the hours I spent filing date due cards and…… Well, anyway.

    What I would like to know: What happened to the quiet public library? NOT silent, but quiet? Staff people are talking in “normal”-to-raised voices, there are the bloopings and bleatings of various mechanical devices, and worst of all….noisy patrons! True silence is not a realistic goal, but what happened to quiet?

    • I think it’s a re-definition of quiet. Silence was golden, but with the other activities going on beyond reading, it is adjusting. I do know libraries that have quiet reading areas and enforce them, but I think it is a matter of appropriateness.

  2. I read somewhere that librarians are popular jury members. Not sure if prosecutors or defense lawyers like us best.

  3. As I am also knee-deep in packing boxes (filling, not emptying), I feel a certain empathy toward you. How about a Thread on “pulling up stakes” in preparation for moving on, choosing what or whom to leave behind, and deciding what makes it through to the next round? Or even just the simple pleasure of leaving the old thought patterns behind: flushing the radiator, so to speak. Not to mention the challenges of keeping one’s balance through the process .

    • That’s a good one, Lindsey! I think I’ll use it. And I saw the thing about your move. It sounds like a good deal.

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