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December 20, 2005

To whom it may concern:

Bookish , Holidays are supposed to be fun, right? , I love lists! , Knitting , Music , Of course I can knit that before Christmas. , Randomness , TV and Movies , What, me? Have an opinion? , Work

Dear knitting,
Thank you for being reasonably cooperative thus far. Might I suggest that we step up the pace a bit?
the knitter

Dear stupid coworkers in the neighboring department,
I don't think the word "gay" means what you seem to think it means. You might want to look it up before you yell something like "You all must think we sound really gay" over the row of cubes again, because at least two of us over here are about ready to throw big cans of soup at you.
Just a thought,
P.S. Boss, that goes for you too. Also? Stop with the jokes about women. Thanks.

Dear Chris Botti,
"Hallelujah" (yeah, the Leonard Cohen one) is not a Christmas song. Just no. I don't care if it has the same name as the Handel chorus. No. Have you heard the words? I know you don't sing them in your version, but please tell me you at least know what the song is about. Your muzak version really has no reason to exist, especially not on a Christmas album.
No love,
Jeff Buckley fan

Dear customers,
I know you for some reason think the online reserve thing saves you time, but it really doesn't. And here's a little secret: it just makes us really, really annoyed with you, although I do understand that it's not your fault that the system's so screwed up. But please. Call and ask us to hold your book. It works just as well, if not better. I promise.
The girl with the pager

Dear out-of-it teacher lady,
30% of $30 is not $10. It is $9. I promise. I'm not sure how many different ways I can explain this to you. You're a teacher. Aren't you supposed to understand things like that?
Your cashier
P.S. I was nice. Next time find your darn educator's discount card. Preferably before you get up to the register and start holding up the line.

Dear reading public,
No, The Da Vinci Code is not out in paperback. Neither is virtually any book published in hardcover in the past year. That's just not the way it works, and I promise, it's not my fault. It is also not my fault that you didn't decide until December 19 that you need to order an obscure book for brother-in-law. I can't magically make it appear. I know that you are probably angry at yourself and just taking it out on me. The holidays are stressful. I know. Please try to remember that it's stressful for me too.
Let's all smile and try to get through the next few days.
Your friendly neighborhood bookseller

Dear salespeople,
I know this may come as a shock, but when you send a request to my department that includes direct insults to my department, that does not make me feel especially inclined to hurry up and get it done for you right away. Just in case that hadn't occurred to you.
No love,
The data corrections girl

Dear Mr. Ledger,
Well done. Couldn't you have played both roles?
Much love,
P.S. Casanova looks cute too, if a bit historically debatable.

Dear readers,
Thank you to anyone who waded through all that. Something coherent (like a review of Brokeback Mountain) will be coming one of these days, but, honestly, it might not be until after Christmas. I will try to at least get some Christmas knitting pictures up soon.
Much love,

Posted by Kat at December 20, 2005 04:41 PM

Dear Kat:

Since we share the same name, I was wondering if you were my clone. If so, could you go to work for me on Thursday and Friday? I promise it won't be too bad, what with the transit strike and everything there should be nobody in the office. I really need the extra time to finish knitting and then wrapping all my holiday gifts.

If you are not my clone, then I wish you luck with finishing and wrapping your holiday gifts and dealing with all the idiots who are inhabiting your world.

Much love,
Kat (the other one - I think)

P.S. That's the third rave about Brokeback Mountain I've read on the blogs. Hmmm, maybe a Saturday morning matinee. Oh, and I want to see Casanova too.

Posted by: Kat at December 20, 2005 06:47 PM


That's thunderous applause from over here. What is *with* "gay" becoming a common insult again? I mean, I'm more mystified than insulted. That is, if I don't think about it too much.

Posted by: mamacate at December 20, 2005 07:10 PM

Hugs as ever, Kat. Not sure what else I can say, other than to offer my full sympathy and understanding. :)

Happy Holidays to you - we're into the home stretch now!

Posted by: Folkcat at December 20, 2005 11:17 PM

I liked Jake too ... he's got such great expressive eyes ;-)

Posted by: fauxmiddlechild at December 22, 2005 12:39 AM

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