Thanks, guys. You pretty much echoed what I was thinking.
1) Stonecold is apparently ignoring it or she has already forgotten (given how things usually run around here, I am voting the latter). We had a short talk today about the need to partner with social workers to help the homeless. Or something. As always she wasn't exactly clear on what she was thinking, but she thought I would be interested. I will get on that right after I finish throwing the book parties and the ball she was talking about....sometimes I wish I could walk around inside her mind.
2) Helen forwarded the email not only to Stonecold, but t several of the upper grade librarians as well. Several of them sent me notes that ran "What is WRONG with Helen?" and...if I understood one of my close buds correctly...Helen was chewed out at their managers meeting this week. She didn't come in today so she may be feeling embarrassed herself.
Regards my retirement: it was supposed to be this June. Unfortunately, there have been car issues, several air flights (one of them an emergency) to my family down south, several appliance breakdowns and, oh yeah, the idiot who used to work with me who backed into my car and left and never told me and I am still paying off a mastercard full of my late cat's medical bills and after I figured out pension and the lot, I discovered that my retirement won't even cover my mortgage payments, so I am sticking around at least until next June, possibly next December, while I figure out if I want to move closer to my family or see if there are jobs for librarians on Mars.....