Funniness Negates Wrongness
Thursday, April 10, 2003
So, I was at work yesterday. Normal B&N stuff. I was at the old cashwrap, ringing up purchases, taking folks money. This woman comes up and I scan her books and tell her the total. She proceeds to take the longest time writing a check ever. Tolstoy couldíve written a book in the time it took her to write a single check. She wasnít old and shaky like most of the people that take a long time, no, she was just taking her time writing in this weird, almost unintelligible script. If youíre going to take that long to write a check, I would expect it to be readable. Meanwhile, a line has stacked up behind her and since we were short a person I didnít have anybody to call for backup. So, of course the people in line start giving me dirty looks like itís my fault that this woman has to be all creative on her check. I wanted to say to them, ďLook people, this woman has decided to practice her calligraphy lessons on her check, thatís why the line isnít moving.Ē But I didnít. I also wanted to keep the check out, maybe even frame it, to show the next customers in line the reason for the slow down, but decided that would be too much effort.

Other than that it was a pretty uneventful day at work. At closing time I put on the new Radiohead album, ďHail to the ThiefĒ. Of course it doesnít come out until June 10th, but an early mix got leaked on the internet. For a while, it was tough for me to decide if I wanted to hear the new tunes before they were officially released, but then after about 2 minutes I decided that if I didnít go ahead and download it, I would be cheating myself out of two months of great music. You know, when I was a kid, I always wanted to be a pirate, I suppose downloading music is really the only way Iíll be able to fulfill that dream. The album is great by the way. Every time I hear it, I like each track more and more. Iíll still buy it when it comes out, if for no other reason than the fact that the packaging for Radioheadís CDs are like little works of art. Brilliant stuff.