We went to pick up Grams at the library today and I went inside to get her. All I said was, “Wassup?” and I got the finger to the mouth, “shhhhhh!” You know she doesn’t even work where you have to be quiet. She works in the “bowels” of the library – well, that’s what she calls it. Furthermore, she’s not even a real librarian. She catalogues books so that you and I can find them. That’s why she can put her ear buds on and listen to the BBC. Which is why I had to say, “Wassup?” rather loud. Sheesh!
We went to see the accountant. The firm we deal with assigned a new accountant to us. Her name is Eileen and I think that she likes me. Big Guy told her all about our adventures and my book. She was very impressed by my ledger. Grams had to go and tell her that I didn’t actually assemble it. Hey, I did save all the receipts, even the ones that Grams refused to use. I don’t understand why my Reyn Spooner shirts aren’t deductible. I do have an image to maintain after all.
Our Italian Rail Passes arrived. They came with all kinds of goodies, including a DVD. This is about the time when I start to get very excited about our next trip. It’s also the time when I really have to get cracking on putting the travel binder together.
The travel binder contains all our pertinent information: tickets, hotel confirmations, etc. Plus, I put in all the things that I’ve found that look interesting in the places where we’re travelling. So, this time I’ve got to find and print out hot spots in Vienna, Florence (Firenze), Lucca, Pisa, and Siena. Also, Emlyn and Marian are leaving us early and going to Venice, so I’ll have to print out some stuff for them. I, of course, am not going to Venice. We all remember how Venice and I don’t get on.
To add a little interest to the mix this time, Grams has an appointment with a real estate person in Florence. Big Guy and I are keeping our opinions to ourselves on this particular enterprise. We’ll see.
Oh, the picture is of the Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure with her diorama. Grams keeps it on her desk.
Please give what you can to Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders).
And, of course
平和 に 働 き
(hewa ni hataraki: work for peace)
*What can I do, my dear, to catch your ear
I love you madly, madly Madam Librarian...Marian
Heaven help us if the library caught on fire
And the Volunteer Hose Brigade men
Had to whisper the news to Marian...Madam Librarian!
What can I say, my dear, to make it clear
I need you badly, badly, Madam Librarian...Marian
If I stumbled and I busted my what-you-may-call-it
I could lie on your floor
'Till my body had turned to carrion....Madam Librarian.
Now in the moonlight, a man could sing it
In the moonlight
And a fellow would know that his darling
Had heard every word of his song
With the moonlight helping along.
But when I try in here to tell you, dear
I love you madly, madly, Madam Librarian...Marian
It's a long lost cause I can never win
For the civilized world accepts as unforgivable sin
Any talking out loud with any librarian
Such as Marian.....Madam Librarian.