I am writing this post from my new work computer which is a laptop
that I can bring home. I don't have a desktop computer at work anymore
- last week a systems guy from our network headquarters transferred my
previous hardrive onto this laptop and my old computer will go out on
the public floor to replace a Windows 98 dinosaur that barely creaks
along and can't even open people's AOL mail.
After determining that there is no network in my area to hop onto, I
bit the bullet and bought a simple router at Home Depot for 40.00 and
am now sitting on my couch in the living room with my laptop on my
"lap" of all things! Times they are a changing.
Tomorrow by the time this posts an election will be happening that
will determine whether or not my workplace will become a permanent
shadow of its former self. With 2 of 3 locations closed and a book
budget 1/3 of last year's, if voters approve a prop. 2 1/2 override to
their taxes then we will be much more back to normal.
Some of you have inquired off-board how I am surviving all the changes
lately and while I am pretty immersed and preoccupied with learning a
whole new set of duties, I am happy to admit that if given the choice
I would probably not beg for my old job back. While I miss seeing all
the new books and absconding them first to check and browse through or
read, I am definitely challenged and intrigued by the variety of my
new activities. One of my pals had to read "Who Moved My Cheese" for
work recently and she said it's like I got used to eating old stale
cheese when the new cheese was just waiting in the wings and is
usually something better.
While I am yet as savvy as I wish when answering reference questions,
I'm going full steam ahead with the website and adult and teen
programming ideas and even have already had a press release published
as an article in the local newspaper. It's pretty cool to ponder and
in some instances implement all my latest gadgets (or should I say
widgets?) as paid employment. I like how easy it is to create blog
content that can feed on RSS into a static site. When I took pictures
of the Dancing Cop of Providence RI who did a children's program at
the library, I went upstairs and immediately uploaded a different
photo from the event just going on in replacement for the one that
came with his press kit.
After years of being in the back office, quietly doing my own thing,
it is still an adjustment to work full-time at a public desk helping
people. I hope that as I get more used to it I can feel that I am more
actively and directly "serving" people and hence serving what Guru
calls "God the man".
So I guess I've turned the page and am snacking on some new cheese.
Let's just hope that tomorrow the election doesn't put us permanently
on a fasting diet.