seven eleven

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
sundail bridge
(another picture from April - this one from the Sundial bridge in Redding, Ca.)

Best thing I got to do today: help a 14 year old be able to use the library again. She had a lot of fines (not just a lot for a kid, but a lot a lot) and paid $10 with a summer reading prize coupon. This still left a huge amount - she didn't say much about the circumstances that got her there, but it was apparent that so much of it was beyond her control. She seemed resigned to the fact that she wasn't going to be able to check anything out for YEARS, but she planned to chip away at it. I suggested she call the number we suggest people call, telling her "they can help you out." She was in misery! "I don't really do phones." I've been there, so after running around trying to figure out what to do for a while, I ended up calling for her. I'm so glad I did - she left with a big stack of books that she told me she would read in a week. "Good," I told her. "You can bring them back then and get some more." I hope she does.

sundail bridge
(this bridge is bananas!)

There's other stuff, like the regency mystery I'm reading that makes me nuts with its exposition-by-letter: Our Heroine would not have time to hand write 20 pages of "and so, dear sister, after I snuck out of the painting gallery I heard a rustling in the shrubberies" AND SO ON! (there really are a lot of shrubberies in this story.)

Okay, so I guess I told you the part about the regency mystery, but the rest will have to wait because it's late and I have to go to sleep or I will be a zombie tomorrow.

sundail bridge
(it's a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that TELLS TIME with the sun. Pretty cool.)
4 comments on "seven eleven"
  1. Ow! Puppy just bit my big toe hard, mistaking it for a chew toy.

    Amazing bridge! We're going to the completely insane Penobscot Narrows bridge today with puppy and three-year-old and tottery grandma with cane. What could possibly go wrong?

    I plan to bring snacks and a camera.

    There's also a fort there, improbably named Fort Knox. Will we find bars of gold, mistakenly stowed? Who can say!

    Love those pictures! Hurray!

  2. Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows bridge! Such great names! I can't wait to hear more about it and see some pictures. (and receive my souvenir bar of gold!)

  3. I'm so happy you helped the girl with the fines. That is exactly how I wanted the story to end!

  4. Me too, Leslie! It was awesome - I called the number and before I could even get beyond " she's 14, just paid $10 with a summer reading coupon" the woman in charge waived her fines.


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