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10/19/2004

is there a problem, miss? 

Due to a recent string of events involving Tuvinian Throat-singers, a documentary called Nanook Revisited, and somewhat extreme procrastination, I ended up in the library this afternoon, waiting to borrow a laptop as the computer lab is closed on Tuesdays, obviously.

After waiting in line for about fifteen minutes, I was given my laptop. However, there was a catch! It had limited battery power. So after half of my two hour laptop session I had to go back to get a new battery, at which point I was given attitude by the clerk who asked me "Just how long have you had this out, anyway?" So I had to explain my situation in order to receive my new battery. I then returned to typing.

At the end of my two hours with LaptopV-21, I was not finished writing my paper yet, so I walked back to the desk to sign it out again. There was no one waiting in line for a laptop. So I asked if I could sign mine out again. The clerk said,

"Uuuuh hold on I just have to check... Yeah, no, you can't renew that laptop because we don't have one here. So one of two things can happen, you can wait in line until someone brings back another laptop, then you can renew yours, or you can wait in line until someone comes to check out a laptop, then you have to give yours to them."

I looked around... I'm pretty sure I heard crickets. So I said,

"That's fine. While I wait, can I just use this laptop to keep typing my paper?"

And he said,

"No... I don't think that's possible."

Then we stood there staring at eachother in silence for about ten minutes. Finally someone brought back another computer. Then the clerk says to me,

"Okay... so are you waiting for a laptop?"

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