John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Bank error in your favor

Several weeks ago, I put a hold on the first disc of the first season of Happy Endings on hold at the library. There were a bunch of people in front of me in the queue and the catalog only listed two copies in the entire 53-library South Central Library System, so I knew it'd be a while before a copy showed up.

Today, I was down at the Madison Central Branch Library, returning some DVDs. I decided to use the facilities before I left,  and on my way I walked past the shelves where TV series on DVD are kept, where I happened to notice a Happy Endings DVD on the shelf. It was the last DVD in its row, so the cover was plainly visible. I could only see the spine of the one to its left, and I was too far away to read the label, but from a distance it looked pretty much exactly like the one next to it. Hm.

Once I completed my business, I went to the DVD shelf to take a closer look. The DVD on the end, the one whose cover I could see, was Happy Endings season 1 disc 2. And the one next to it: Happy Endings season 1 disc 1. I didn't understand why it was sitting there on the shelf while there were so many people in the hold queue for it, but I figured this was an act-now, understand-later sort of deal, so I grabbed both DVDs and checked them out.

Afterward, I talked to a librarian, and determined that Central Branch's copy of s1d1 had been cataloged as a second copy of s1d2, so it was just sitting there while the other two copies of s1d1 were being shipped all over south-central Wisconsin to fulfill the long list of holds. I would presume that by the time I return it -- and I won't dilly-dally over it; when I know someone else is waiting of a library item I have checked out, I make sure to prioritize reading or watching it -- the error will have been corrected and the long-suffering would-be Happy Endings viewers out there will have their wait times shortened, none more so than the ones who were waiting behind me. I suppose I should feel bad about not waiting my turn, but right now I don't feel up to it.

Incidentally, the subject of this post is more apropos than you know; the Central Branch is, in fact, currently located in a former bank while the new Central Branch is being built. The audiobooks are in the old safe deposit box vault!

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