For the purposes of this “library” blog, the automobile discussed in the following paragraphs will be known as a “bookmobile” or simply “Chet.” Its real name, make and model have been changed to protect its anonymity. But you can call it Chet.
A month before the week in question, Chet developed a loud squeak after his accelerator was pressed. Not a mighty war cry as was first thought, the same type of cry that Hannibal’s pachyderms sounded as they crossed the Alps.
Day 1: Dies in Traffic
Chet behaved as a bookmobile is want to behave until he reached a stretch of asphalt known as the High Way. At the High Way crossing, Chet coughed and died. The quick death frightened both the library driving and the automobiles oncoming. The librarian managed to maneuver the bookmobile out of harms way, screaming like the little redheaded warriors that patrol the Mart of Walls. The spark of life was applied to Chet and they limped home.
Day 2: The Garage
The librarian dropped Chet the Bookmobile off at The Garage, a local establishment governed by Ye Old Dude of Axle Grease. YODAG marks down Chet’s problems in a spiral bound notebook where a tapestry of names, numbers and ketchup stains lie. The keys are passed and no receipt is given. The librarian tells YODAG, implores him that YODAG’s staff of two only find the cause of Chet’s pain and no more. YODAG agrees.
Day 3: Call Garage
The librarian hears no news from YODAG or The Garage staff. The librarian calls and talks to YODAG about Chet’s health. YODAG and his staff have not touched Chet the bookmobile, but promise to get right on it. YODAG explains that many other chariots have been in line while the librarian bangs his head on the reference desk.
Day 4: No F&^k Is Given
The libraria gives not one thought nor one f*&k about Chet or YODAG because he has a mountain of s#$t to do at the library. Of course, YODAG then calls the library. Simple symptoms plague Chet, yet the original squeak could be a problem. A mountain of gold could fix all the problems now, says YODAG. A mountain of gold I have not, says the librarian. Chet keeps silent. The librarian plans to pick up Chet the following day.
Day 5: Accidental Fix
YODAG apologizes to the librarian before the librarian can figure out why. Seems the staff of The Garage, in their zeal to see machines become like new, fixed Chet on accident before YODAG could cross the ten feet and stop them. The librarian, pleased that Chet is okay yet angered that he now is expected to fork over a mountain of gold deapite telling YODAG that he so did NOT.... Just accidentally fixed... Whoops, tripped and put on a belt assembly.... My bad... F$%K.
Okay. So the librarian accepts YODAG’s apologies, seeing that the work is sound and Chet is healthy. Agreeing on an extended, way extended, like handshake that this never happened and you might get a dollar a year extended deal, the librarian and Chet rode off into the sunset.
But all was not well, for a hissing had begun... with the air conditioner...