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I’ve griped repeatedly here about horrid customers who seem to relish treating servers, waiters, cashiers (anyone with a name tag, really) like smelly scum on the bottom of their shoes, and those who seem happier when they can make one of the mentioned people’s day as miserable as can be.

For every one of those, there are dozens or more who are either straightforward or easy going–that’s the bulk, really, of customers where I work.

Then you have the few who actively enjoy making employee’s lives easier. They go out of their way to bring you a smile. They tip you, even if all you did was take their order. They joke a bit with you, they smile at you, they bid you good day.

And then there are people like Ms Faith. (more…)

There are probably hundreds of help initiatives out there, focusing on many different aspects of the losses so many people are facing right now, consequences of both the horrible bushfires and the floods.The romance community is also doing their part. We can help through donations of books (see note at bottom) and donations of items (including books) for the Bushfire Silent Auction organized by author Stephanie Laurens. Follow this link for more information on this one.

Romance Writers of Australia Bushfire Book Appeal:

I’m just popping in briefly to thank all of you who’ve expressed concern about the bushfire disaster we’ve had here, and to tell you that Romance Writers of Australia are launching a book appeal. We know that for many affected families, books will not be high on their list of necessities for some time to come.

But… We also know how valuable books can be in providing time out when reality gets tough.

So… With the aid of some wonderful volunteers, we’ve put together a Romance Writers of Australia Bushfire Book Appeal.

What we need?

FICTION BOOKS! Romance books, children’s books, genre books, whatever – either new or in sparkling condition.

Please send them to:

RWA Bushfire Book Appeal
c/o 89 Rennie St
Thornbury Vic 3071

When to send them?

Now! And any time over the next few months. The books will be boxed and delivered to the appropriate neighbourhood centres/community centres/libraries in batches as soon as practicable.

Feel free to pop a note inside, or if you’re the author, sign the book.

With thanks

Anne Gracie

Forwarding this message on behalf of Romance Writers of Australia Inc.

(Above information taken from the comments at Michele Buonfligio’s blog)

We all love drama. The more convoluted, drawn out, ridiculous it is, the more we love it.

Some of us love it behind closed doors—or in the case of these here intrawebz, by lurking quietly in the background. And some of us have to be on hand wherever pieces of the wreckage happen to fall. The majority of us, like any good normal distribution, fall somewhere in between these extremes. And more power to us, really.

But occasionally, even the most stalwart among us get a tad fed up with all the screeching of “mean girlz” and the batshit crazy, so today I would like to list some of the amazingly cool people I’ve met around blogland this year. I say some because I’m liable to forget one or more (please do forgive me if your name isn’t mentioned—I’m having a CRS* day) (Perhaps I shouldn’t write this now…) (But then, there’s no guarantee I’ll ever get over the CRS*) (more…)

Librarians Hate Me…

Sunday, June 3, 2007
Posted in: good friends, libraries

I’m a librarian’s worst nightmare. Seriously.

I never take books back on time. Evah.

The last time I visited the library, all ten of the books that I had taken out were waaay overdue. So overdue in fact, that my friend who happens to be one of the librarians there, was appalled that I’d racked up £25 ($47) worth of charges. What can I say, I’m a busy gal.

Anyway, she made the obligatory, guilt-inducing, tut-tut noises, and reminded me that I could have renewed them by phone. I duly apologised, and told her it wouldn’t happen again. Until the next time.

Anyway, I didn’t pay the fine that time, because my car was about to run out of parking time, so I ran out telling her I’d pay the fine, the next time I came into the library. I think I actually heard her snort in disbelief as I sprinted out of the library.

Well that was three weeks ago (What? I’m a busy person!) anyway, I went to pay the fine yesterday, and found that I didn’t owe the library a penny.

My friend had cleared the charges for me.

Bless her cotton socks.

Anyway, I was then able to go crazy and take out ten more books. Books that I wouldn’t be caught dead actually paying for. A couple of Catherine Coulter’s verrry old hystericals, a couple of ancient Jenny Crusie romances, some Audrey Howard womany fiction, a couple of James Patterson slashy fiction, (which I probably wont get round to reading because his books are always so damn long!) and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline.

I’ll have to remember to renew the buggers in three weeks, or else I’ll have another hefty fine, which I might just have to pay next time.

What about you guys? Are you like me, or are you one of those anally retentive people who actually take their books back on time? *g*