Saturday, March 5, 2016
Quiet at library
Working, as I do, at a library, I answer a lot of questions, many of them accurately. Unfortunately there is one regular question that absolutely confounds me.
No matter how busy it is at the front desk of the library, no matter how many cards I am registering, items I am finding, co-workers I am covering for, machines I am fixing, tutorials I am giving, fines I am processing, disputes I am resolving, no matter how long the lines grow, no matter how ceaseless the flow of people, and no matter how thick the crowds get, there will come a point in any two hour shift at the front desk wherein a patron will saunter alone up to me at the front desk and say "Quiet day, eh?"
"Not with you here." Comes to mind.
But I don't feel right saying that.
How about "Fortunately you have come. What can I do for you?"
This would work if I could keep it free of sarcasm.
I'm working on it.