Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dick Cavett Confusion

This isn't really that funny but I'm posting it anyway.

Last week I stopped by my favorite library (Downers Grove) and picked up a few audio/video items. One of them was The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons, featuring Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon. Needless to say, I was pretty excited about this find.

Tragedy struck, however, when I popped the DVD in and was devastated to find that it was actually Dick Cavett: Comedy Legends Disc 4. NOOOOOOO! I've already seen that one and I was so looking forward to some Paul Simon.

So yesterday I headed back to the library intending to make a quick switch and be on with it. I first headed over to the DVD section to see if I could find the case for the DVD I had. Tragedy! It was checked out. I knew this wasn't going to help my chances of seeing some Paul Simon in the near future.

I knew if I wanted any chance of seeing Paul I'd have to do something drastic like ... asking the librarians. There are a number of reasons I wanted to avoid this scenario:

1. I didn't really want anyone to know that I actually checked out The Dick Cavett Show on DVD. Why am I admitting it on this blog then? Well, because now the librarians know. And if they know, everyone might as well know.

2. Librarians kind of scare me. Sometimes they're mean. And they're just so quiet. What am I supposed to do with that?

3. Librarians are old. Old people get confused. I knew I was going to confuse the old librarians and I did.

So back to the story. I marched up to the desk and explained the situation. I told the librarian that the set that went with the DVD I currently had was checked out, but she didn't really listen to me and rushed to grab all the Dick Cavett DVDs off the shelf.

I was still hoping at this point that there had been a mass mixup involving all of the Dick Cavett DVDs and maybe the one I was looking for was in some random case, instead of just being switched with the one I had. But alas, the librarian opened every single one with no luck. Rock Icons was safely tucked away in the Comic Legends Discs 3 & 4 case in someone's home.

This fact did not occur to old librarian, however. She couldn't figure out what was going on. I tried to explain to her many times that the case it was in was checked out, but since Comic Legends Discs 1 & 2 was still on the shelf she was very confused.

Finally after like a half hour and some assistance from a younger librarian, they figured out the issue, and I left empty handed and disappointed. Now I have to go back and find it sometime. In the meantime, I'll just have to be happy with low quality Paul Simon videos on YouTube.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

McDonald's Thinks I'm RIGHT!

So last year, McDonald's gave away these Wizard of Oz toys in the Happy Meals. They were cute and fun to collect and I was very pleased. I only had one complaint: They included the Wicked Witch of the East in the line up. I just didn't understand that decision, so I challenged it in this strange letter I wrote to them in a moment in insanity and silliness.

Fast forward to ... today. I'm perusing the McDonald's website (don't ask why) and I notice they're bringing back the Wizard of Oz dolls. Sweet! I was very excited just to see the new ones they came up with, and even more elated to find that they added a Flying Monkey to the set—the very character I suggested to replace the Wicked Witch of the East in my awesome letter.

This just proves the power of letter-writing. It gets things done! Also, it proves that I control McDonald's. I wonder what my next letter should be about ...