Sunday, July 10, 2011

All In A Day's Work

The phone rang, as it all-to-often does.

"What is Desperate Housewives Dana?" the patron said. (I always want to say "fine thanks, and you?" when somebody dispenses with all social niceties like that)

I honestly didn't know what he was talking about. So I asked him if it had something to do with the Desperate Housewives television program.

"It says, 'Desperate Housewives Dana.'"

It took a further second of silence before the little 30-watt Reference light bulb went off. "Is this for a crossword puzzle?"

"Uh--yeah." A little singsongy so his "yeah" had something of an implied "you dumbass" to it.

So a little wholesome and satisfying Google magic got him his answer. For the record: Delany, an actress who has the dubious distinction of having been in several movies with Rosie O'Donnell.

It occurred to me afterward that doing the crossword puzzle for other people used to be pretty high on the list of duties at the reference desk and now no longer is. Did people get smarter? Did crosswords get easier? Did people stop doing crosswords? Does everybody use the Goog now? Probably that last one.


Dances With Keyboards said...

I wish that I could at least have this: Instead of bellowing "TAX FORMS!" at me, can you just say "Excuse me, could you tell me where the Tax forms are kept?" What's so hard about that?

DeskSlave said...

No kidding! Just see what happens if you walk into a bar and yell, "Booze!" Or the grocery store shouting, "Produce!"