@jfruh Ah, so when you say Potsdam there, you are referring to the original then, not the arctic nothing-land of the New York-Canada border. I couldn't understand how that one fit into the list of really academic-minded places until I read your parenthetical.
My dad does this, more or less. FWIW, he is forever buying people lunch. I think he writes a lot of it off though. And he is good friends with basically every single client he has, because he just has that kind of personality.
@deepomega I'm okay with polite chit chat for a few minutes, but when people just will not stop talking to me I kind of lose my mind. And I've been in situations where it's not possible to move, and no amount of blatant ignoring them has worked. I had a guy on the bus recently who just kept asking me questions, even after I had moved into just shrugging instead of answering him, and then just stopped altogether. He just kept going, as I kept my nose buried deep in my book (too crowded to move). There's really no way to stop these people.
I don't know how to not feel self-conscious and not bite off all my lipstick in 5 minutes either. Also no clue what shade is supposed to look good on me. And Sephora is terrifying. The end.
@aetataureate I certainly do not have the room to do that. Sleeve it is! It worked in 7th grade, why not now.
@Caitlin with a C yes!! haha, those were my first thoughts as well.
@EvanDeSimone There are way too many times in life when my only solid explanation for something is “I was half asleep when I did that.” Because almost inevitably, the time you most need a quick fix on something is when you’re running around getting ready in the morning.
@polka dots vs stripes But that's what I think is strange about it! Why do that? Do you think they wanted to let people know the book was gone? Or that they thought that would make it more identifiable? Or that the book jackets would have sensors? Honestly I am confused by it because I have never seen library book jackets that were easy to remove.
@KatNotCat I thought the same thing. That just seems... out of this world, to me.
When I was in HS and worked at my local library, I remember a friend of my bf's at the time confessing to me once that he had stolen a book from the library. But he was kind of proud of it? And I was like "oh... that's cool... you know they're free to borrow right..?" and he was like "No, it was one of those ones on the buy shelf" (a small sample of books we didn't need in our collection anymore). At that point I'm just like awesome, you cheated the library out of 50 cents. Congrats. Please stop talking to me now. This story is odd though! I wonder if the person is genuinely confused about how libraries work?