Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Not As Bookish As I Thought

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As I related in my last entry, I snagged a couple of additional "fortune cookies" from the bowl that one of the librarians at Bon Air made in conjunction with the Chinese New Year. As I also mentioned last time, the fortunes have been buried at the bottom of a pocket in my backpack since then. I had already extracted them from the mini-muffin cups, but at least the muffin cups would not have been crushed to crumbs if they had been buried in my backpack.

(I should also point out that being in my backpack would be an improvement over being hermetically sealed and kept in a mayonnaise jar on Funk & Wagnall's porch. Don't ask me how much of an improvement, though.)

When I read the first fortune, I thought that Trish (the librarian who had created the "cookies") had created fortunes related to books and reading. That did not prove to be the case when I read the subsequent fortunes. In fact, the third and final fortune that I obtained could have easily come out of a cookie that came with my shrimp lo mein:

"Your conscience will guide you in making a big decision."

All that is missing are the lottery numbers and the mini lesson in Chinese.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Him, Cooko!

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The Chinese New Year may have come and gone, but I've been holding on to a reminder of that event for a few weeks now. As you may remember, when I went by the Bon Air library just before the Chinese New Year, I spotted a bowl of "fortune cookies" at the circulation desk. These "cookies" were actually made from mini-muffin cups, and the fortunes were ones created by the staff.

On my next visit, I made a point of finding the branch manager, and I told her that I had thought that the "cookies" were a cute idea. She told me which librarian had thought of the idea, and said that she was the one to whom I should be addressing the feedback. And I did, which was on yet another visit.

I also picked up a couple of other "cookies" while there still some in the bowl. They've been buried at the bottom of my one of my backpack's pockets . . . probably ever since I grabbed those other "cookies." Here's what the second library fortune said:

"The Tooth Fairy will visit you before summer's end."

Not likely -- not unless I'm going to be meeting a very strange dentist by then.

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