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My parents were 'Let her read' parents, too.  I read so many books in a week that they couldn't censor what I read; they trusted me to put down any book I didn't like/didn't think I should be reading.  I was allowed to take out multiple books each week in the school library, because otherwise, I was asking to go in when it wasn't our class' turn.  I did a read-a-thon for MS one May.  Grade 3, I think it was.  I read a book a day that month.  I got through the first 31 books in the Hardy Boy series in the library.   ;D

My Dad was a 7th grade teacher.  He did a lesson on censorship and asked the class about their reading habits and was anyone reading so many books that their parents couldn't keep up.  Everyone turned and looked at this one poor girl.  So he asked her what she did when she got to a part of the book she didn't like/understand/think she should reading.  She said she either skipped ahead or quit reading the book.  The class apparently went on to have a really good discussion.
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This is a fun conversation.  Especially as a daughter of a librarian. 
My mom pretty much gave me full access to whatever I wanted to read.  Comics? Fine.  (especially since I had 3 other books that were chapter books) 
The only bit of trouble she had with me was when Judy Blume was extremely popular.  I was about 11/12 and I think my friends and I had read everything she had out.  Her new book had been out for a while and Mom said "Not at this time."  Of course, I just heard no.  So within about a month I was reading the new book, "Forever".  Mom caught me and sighed.  We talked a bit and she asked if I had any questions about the subject.  Later Mom told me that she really had hoped that I would have waited until I was in high school to read it.  Meh. 
Of course in junior high (about age13/14), I had a classmate try to get me into trouble with the teacher because I was reading one of Paul Zindel's books.

My parents also gave me free reign in the book world, but I preferred Pat Oliphant to Doonesbury. :-) I did scare a librarian when I asked for books about witches when I was in 3rd grade. She tried to steer me towards kids books about fictional witches, but I said no, I wanted books about real witches. She seemed a bit nervous, but showed me where to find them.

When I was in 7th grade, my band teacher caught me reading The Outsiders (SE Hinton) and asked if my parents knew I was reading that. I replied that it was my 3rd copy, as it had been a favorite book since 2nd grade.

As for Paul Zindel, I really loved The Pigman (I think I first read it around 4th or 5th grade). I was really annoyed in 7th grade, when we were assigned something lame to read, and the 8th graders got to read The Pigman. Then I got to 8th grade, again got something lame, and the 7th graders got something like The Outsiders. Grr!
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I work for a law firm. As I used to be a journalist, I’ve become the go to person for tracking people down.

I had an attorney ask me to call National Organization to see if they would give me the contact info for a person who had complained on the National Organization’s site about a business we were suing. Said National Organization’s privacy policy is right there, in easy-to-read language, on the site.

I told him, “Well, I can spend the time on it if you want me to, but I can tell you right now the answer is No.”

He wanted me to spend the time on it anyway.

National Organization’s answer was No.

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My mom was weird - I could read any and all of her books that I could find, including ones involving murder/rape/swear words, but I checked out a Nora Roberts once from the library and she confiscated it  ::)  I still don't get the logic, the best I could come up with was that she doesn't consider those books to have literary value to make the "stuff" worth reading. 

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I love reading these stories, but can we step away from discussion of everyone's reading adventures?

Maybe there should be a spin off of who was reading what scandalous/complicated novel at what age. :)

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My parents were also 'let them read' parents - I remember being somewhat bemused when I found out that lots of my friends were not allowed to read 'Forever' and were shocked that I didn't feel the need to hide it when i read it.

My grandmother had a slight run-in with my mother's school, when my mum was about 13; the school (which was a boarding school) tried to say that my mum wasn't allowed to borrow books from the adult section of the town library. Unfortunately for them,  they were too mealy-mouthed to admit that they were worried about what she might read, and instead claimed it was because they didn't want to be responsible for any library fines she might incur. So my grandparents told them not to worry, they'd sign the forms and it would be them not the school who would be responsible...

We had so many books at home that I don't think it would have been very practical to try to censor our reading.

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My mom was weird - I could read any and all of her books that I could find, including ones involving murder/rape/swear words, but I checked out a Nora Roberts once from the library and she confiscated it  ::)  I still don't get the logic, the best I could come up with was that she doesn't consider those books to have literary value to make the "stuff" worth reading.

My mum was like this as well, not so much banning us from reading the books but not buying them for us/steering relatives away from them if they asked type thing.  Enid Blyton is the main one I remember, Mum didn't think she was a particularly good writer so didn't really want us reading them!

But then, I was the child reading Agatha Christie under the bedclothes at night aged 12.  Under the bedclothes so Mum wouldn't catch me, because they were on a high shelf I wasn't supposed to be able to reach.  Mum forgot I knew where the stepladder was!!
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My mom was weird - I could read any and all of her books that I could find, including ones involving murder/rape/swear words, but I checked out a Nora Roberts once from the library and she confiscated it  ::)  I still don't get the logic, the best I could come up with was that she doesn't consider those books to have literary value to make the "stuff" worth reading.

My mum was like this as well, not so much banning us from reading the books but not buying them for us/steering relatives away from them if they asked type thing.  Enid Blyton is the main one I remember, Mum didn't think she was a particularly good writer so didn't really want us reading them!

But then, I was the child reading Agatha Christie under the bedclothes at night aged 12.  Under the bedclothes so Mum wouldn't catch me, because they were on a high shelf I wasn't supposed to be able to reach.  Mum forgot I knew where the stepladder was!!

This strikes me as funny because 12 was when Mom suggested I start reading her Agatha Christie collection.

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Back to topic:

I had a customer email the support team to say if we did not switch him to a certain price plan right away, he would move to a new place.  We cannot offer the price and plan he wants here at all.

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At work, there's a huge project we are doing for a client. They send us files, we run the files through some software, and then we have to edit the files.

It's not complicated.

But, and it's a big but, the job is supposed to be finished at the end of September. We were supposed to get the first files from the client on May 15.

We got the first files on August 1.

There are issues with some of the editing. We have to question the client. They have to provide answers. Files can't be edited while we are waiting. The client is taking 2-3 weeks to answer a single question. (And the questions are related to problems in the client files, not things we caused--like do they want us to flag typos, fix typos or ignore all the typos.)

Now the client wants to move the end date of the project to September 15.

My bosses are trying to figure out how to explain that since the client was two and a half months late with the files (we still don't have them all), there's no way we can meet the original due date. Moving the due date up is simply not possible.
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I've asked my supervisor if we may start instituting a five minute rule for chatting and slightly delusional people. 

I'm sure this sounds silly and not that big a deal, but this has been going on for six months and daily it becomes more oppressive, especially since we have to deal with multiple versions of Bert embodied in other patrons.

We instituted one of those several years ago, because my colleagues were getting trapped on the phone with people who really, really don't want to know the truth. Which is that what they're calling about doesn't exist. 

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I'm going to start out by saying, although I'm involved in entering work done into the computer, I don't have anything to do with invoicing really--all finalities come from Corporate. All invoices have a "please contact X phone number or Y email if you have questions about your bill".

So I received a series of emails stating that invoices A, B, C should have tax. I have no clue how this person got my email address, but I hunt down the invoices and send a heads up to the person who handles billing. She confirmed what I'd found. The invoices had tax.

I replied to the customer to confirm that what she'd received had tax. She replied they did, but they should NOT (word left off original emails) because labor "isn't taxable". Cue back and forth with the invoicer, our contractor tax guru, and my confirming via bookmarked tax sites that repair of physical objects in our state is, indeed, taxable.

Forwarded all to this customer with blessings from all the people who didn't want to handle this, cushioned in politeness, explaining that our type of labor is taxable and they will have to pay their taxes listed on the bill, unless they can provide an exemption certificate.

I wish I could make taxes go away. But I can not.
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I think this is kind of right here...

I work with over 200 people. I've only ever talked to a few of them on the phone and never with any regularity. So why, when they call me, do they say, "Do you know who this is?" No, dude, I don't. Because I've never talked to you over the phone before. You must give me more detail.

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I think this is kind of right here...

I work with over 200 people. I've only ever talked to a few of them on the phone and never with any regularity. So why, when they call me, do they say, "Do you know who this is?" No, dude, I don't. Because I've never talked to you over the phone before. You must give me more detail.

One of a few pet peeves of mine is people who don't identify themselves when calling. I always do it, even for my family (especially now since my teen DD and I apparently have the same voice over the phone). It would make the calls go so much faster if people would just skip the guessing game.

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I think this is kind of right here...

I work with over 200 people. I've only ever talked to a few of them on the phone and never with any regularity. So why, when they call me, do they say, "Do you know who this is?" No, dude, I don't. Because I've never talked to you over the phone before. You must give me more detail.

One of a few pet peeves of mine is people who don't identify themselves when calling. I always do it, even for my family (especially now since my teen DD and I apparently have the same voice over the phone). It would make the calls go so much faster if people would just skip the guessing game.

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who call repeatedly but refuse to leave a voicemail. I'm not always at my desk, and even when I am, sometimes I'm not able to pick up a call. Answering the phone is not necessarily my first priority if I'm in the middle of something (my boss knows and agrees with this).

I don't get a ton of calls, but if someone leaves me a voicemail, I either return it promptly (within 1-2 business days at the most, often the same day) or I arrange for someone else to do so if it's a question or issue best addressed by someone else. Nevertheless, there are a few people who seem to insist on repeatedly calling without ever leaving a voicemail...and it's incredibly annoying.

And while I'm at it, if you do leave a voicemail, don't just say "this is Person X, call me." Give me some idea what you need; trust me, it's much more efficient that way. Even if you just tell me, "This is Person X, I have questions about A, B, and C. Please call me back at xxx-xxx-xxxx." It's not difficult!