The Youth of Today

March 30, 2009

For those that don’t know, I work in a public library. On saturday I was working on one of our branch libraries and had the dubious honour of opening and closing the building. Around midday, the bad weather (we suspect) managed to take out our network and we lost internet, library system and all our phones.

The kids were understandably gutted to lose the internet, but there wasn’t much we could do. Around 4pm, two girls were sitting at the public computers, giggling and exchanging yells at one another, so my colleague went over to make sure they were behaving (we figured a particularly exciting game of Minesweeper). Both girls were discussing something mean they’d said about one another… it turned out they were missing MSN Messenger so much that they’d both fired up Notepad and were writing messages to one another and then looking at the other’s screen to continue the conversation.

A little mind-boggled, we offered them a piece of paper and a pen each and explained that’s how it used to be done (while laughing along with them, I add). But then we sat down for a coffee and I was still laughing a bit when I suddenly said ‘they’re sitting NEXT to each other, can they not just SPEAK!’.

It kept us amused.

Blogging back to service. Will do my awards tomorrow, so pop in to check some facts about me and the blogs I like. And then back to gaming the next day.



  1. That’s hilarious!

  2. Eye/brain disconnect:

    “And then back to gambling the next day.”

    Yeah, I had a bad night. Thanks for the laughs though!

  3. My old college roommie and I used to chat via IM while sitting in the same room just out of a sense of irony. In fairness, it probably helped us pretend we were actually working rather than sitting around chattering away. 🙂

  4. Speaking takes too many letters…..

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