Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My NewLib-L Recent Post

(email sent by Colleen to newlib-l after long discussions by folks about how there are no jobs, adn how dare MLS programs not inform students of their bleak prospects, etc etc ad nauseam ad infinitum)

I think it would be best to qualify what people mean when they talk about lack of entry-level jobs. Do you mean lack of entry-level jobs you'd be willing to take? Probably. I got my current job a year ago after 4 months of searching. In that time, while I sent out a ton of applications, they were all written to that specific job opportunity (which took a lot of time), and I made sure to highlight how I met the required and the preferred qualifications. While I understand not everyone has the ability to go cross-country for a job, I think it behooves people to understand that the MLS is not likely to get you a job close to home, especially if you live near an MLS-granting institution.

Just recently, I decided to toss out 2 applications to dream jobs, though I'm perfectly happy and pleased with my current job, and I was offered interviews (at no cost to me, other than some vacation days from work) at both. Both are still entry-level, which I don't mind, since I'm only one year in. I find it hard to believe, given the success of last year's job hunt and this year's feelers put out, that there is such a serious dearth of positions. While I consider myself active in the profession, I am most decidedly not one of the *rock stars* who gets flown about the country to tell others about my awesome programming, developing, or new projects. I'm just yer ordinary librarian, librarianating.

Not only do I *not* see a dearth of positions advertised (are you all subscribed to the same listservs as I am? Perhaps not, because my inbox chokes on the number of job opportunities), in my experience (and that of most other librarians I know - public librarians, folks in the private sector doing info work, and others, as well as my academic library pals), what we're seeing are sub-par applications. Yes, positions are being eliminated, but at no greater rate than they are in any other industry due to automation, position elimination and 'spreading the job,' or simply hiring less skilled workers for less pay.

It's one thing if you are geographically stuck due to whatever circumstance. In that case, yes, you're going to find it quite difficult to find something close, because that's not how library openings work. You must go to the work, the work does not come to you. And while you could market your MLS into information-skillz, if you want to be an official quote-librarian-unquote, your choices will be rather limited. Unless the situation was unexpected, you have no one to blame but yourself if you find yourself saddled with an MLS and no close job to ride off to.

I'll also note - as we do on this list from time to time - an MLS is not a guarantee of a job. Neither is an MBA for that matter, and we're graduating far more of those in this country than MLS folks. As a veteran of quite a few graduate programs, I don't think it amiss to say if you're about to invest a ton of money and time in a graduate program, it's your own danged fault if you didn't look at the job prospects ahead of time. It is not the academic program's job to "be more proactive in informing graduates about the job market sectors are looking for librarians" - the job of the program is to give you the opportunity to complete the degree. The job hunt is just that - a HUNT, requiring effort, planning, and the proper tools and weapons. It's not something that falls into your lap because someone else does the research for it, particularly since everyone's needs and wants will differ. There is very little expectation in other disciplines (at least according to my grad experience beyond libsci in PoliSci, Education, English, Fine Arts) that the *program* helps you find a job, or even keeps you informed about the market. That is your own responsibility as an engaged about-to-be professional.

If you are not taking advantage of social networking to meet and talk to other librarians or information professionals (who become friends, offer to help with resumes and letters, and keep you apprised of job openings that may not make it to bigger lists, or may throw your name in for consideration), if you are not making it a point to do professional development (most LIS programs offer free or discounted opportunities, and working in a non-library sector while applying does not preclude you from using vacation or sick time to attend conferences), then I am afraid I don't know what to tell you. You get back whatever effort you put in. Apologies if that sounds harsh, but it's truth.

Colleen (my opinions, of course, do not reflect that of
my employer or colleagues, who would likely be horrified by my crankiness)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Top 100 Meme: 1997

The meme (as taken from Rudy's Ramblings: the top 100 songs the year you graduated high school. Go to Per Rudy's instructions, type the year of your high school graduation [or first year, if still in high school] into the search function. Retrieve the Top 100 songs from that year. Strike through the songs you hate(d). Underline the songs you like(d). Bold the songs you love(d). Leave blank those you don’t care about or don’t remember. Annotate at will.

Here goes, the list for my high school graduation year of 1997 *cringe* - I found that some of them I just didn't remember. Honorable mentions from other years below 1997:

1. Candle In The Wind 1997, Elton John

2. Foolish Games/You Were Meant For Me, Jewel Played to death

3. I'll Be Missing You, Puff Daddy and Faith Evans If they liked him that much, they'd've written a new song instead of ripping off an old classic. Just saying.

4. Un-Break My Heart, Toni Braxton I heart me some Toni.

5. Can't Nobody Hold Me Down, Puff Daddy Another ripoff, but seriously catchy. I have been known to sing this when success looks against the odds. "Cain't nobody ever hold me dow-own, whoa no, I gots to keep on mo-vin'...."

6. I Believe I Can Fly, R. Kelly

7. Don't Let Go (Love), En Vogue

8. Return Of The Mack, Mark Morrison

9. How Do I Live, LeAnn Rimes Trisha Yearwood's was better. Both are whiny.

10. Wannabe, Spice Girls Anything involving the Spice Hurls get stricken.

11. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart), Backstreet Boys - I take the fifth on this one. Neither loved nor hated. (They reminded me of my beloved NKOTB)

12. MMMBop, Hanson The world would have been a better place without this band. Srsly.

13. For You I Will, Monica

14. You Make Me Wanna..., Usher Usher's hot. Nuff said.

15. Bitch, Meredith Brooks

16. Nobody Keith Sweat

17. Semi-Charmed Life, Third Eye Blind I liked this song even more when I bought the cd and found the parts they refused to play on the radio.

18. Barely Breathing, Duncan Sheik

19. Hard To Say I'm Sorry, Az Yet Featuring Peter Cetera

20. Mo Money Mo Problems, Notorious B.I.G.

21. The Freshmen, Verve Pipe Loved this one. It was overplayed, but I thought it was haunting.

22. I Want You, Savage Garden

23. No Diggity, BLACKstreet Featuring Dr. Dre This is still at the top of my playlist. "Herb's the word, spin's the verb..."

24. I Belong To You (Every Time I See Your Face), Rome

25. Hypnotize, Notorious B.I.G.

26. Every Time I Close My Eyes, Babyface

27. In My Bed, Dru Hill

28. Say You'll Be There, Spice Girls

29. Do You Know (What It Takes), Robyn

30. 4 Seasons Of Loneliness, Boyz II Men

31. G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T., Changing Faces

32. Honey, Mariah Carey No fan of Mariah

33. I Believe In You And Me, Whitney Houston

34. Da' Dip, Freaknasty When I have control of the tunes, this still comes on. And I still dance. There may have also been a dancing-on-the-bar incident related to this song.

35. 2 Become 1, Spice Girls Seriously, killing me with the Spice Girls here.

36. All For You, Sister Hazel

37. Cupid, 112

38. Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?, Paula Cole

39. Sunny Came Home, Shawn Colvin This song made me want to set things on fire.

40. It's Your Love, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

41. Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit, Gina G

42. Mouth, Merril Bainbridge YES. I still have this CD. She was interesting.

43. All Cried Out, Allure Featuring 112

44. I'm Still In Love With You, New Edition

45. Invisible Man, 98 Degrees It did not hurt that this band was uber-hot, but they got lost since they were sort of the same as the backstreet Boys and the other boyband at the time.

46. Not Tonight, Lil' Kim

47. Look Into My Eyes, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

48. Get It Together, 702

49. All By Myself, Celine Dion best drunk-and-singing-to-myself-after-a-breakup song ever.

50. It's All Coming Back To Me Now, Celine Dion Yes, I am embarrassed that i just bolded two Celine Dion songs in a row. But c'mon, these are the best ones to sing along to!

51. My Love Is The Shhh!, Somethin' For The People

52. Where Do You Go, No Mercy Where do you go? Mah lovely....I wanna lovely. Love this song.

53. I Finally Found Someone, Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams Bryan Adams makes my heart go pitter-patter. Babs I can take or leave.

54. I'll Be, Foxy Brown Featuring Jay-Z

55. If It Makes You Happy , Sheryl Crow

56. Never Make A Promise, Dru Hill

57. When You Love A Woman, Journey

58. Up Jumps Da Boogie, Magoo And Timbaland

59. I Don't Want To/I Love Me Some Him, Toni Braxton Seriously. Toni Braxton *hearts*

60. Everyday Is A Winding Road, Sheryl Crow - was not enamored of this one, though I like Crow

61. Cold Rock A Party, Mc Lyte

62. Pony, Ginuwine This one also involved in a dancing-on-the-bar incident.

63. Building A Mystery, Sarah McLachlan - Couldn't stand her in college when some girls would wear black, lock their door, and put her on repeat in the dark, but she really is a talented musician.

64. I Love You Always Forever, Donna Lewis Grown women with voices like three year olds do nothing for me, musically. Neither do really elementary rhymes in the lyrics. Creepy.

65. Your Woman, White Town

66. C U When U Get There, Coolio

67. Change The World, Eric Clapton

68. My Baby Daddy, B-Rock and The Bizz

69. Tubthumping, Chumbawamba Le sigh. This was a staple of the fraternity parties I attended in freshman and sophomore year.

70. Gotham City, R. Kelly

71. Last Night, Az Yet

72. ESPN Presents The Jock Jam, Various Artists Yes. Excellent source of tunes.

73. Big Daddy, Heavy D

74. What About Us, Total

75. Smile, Scarface

76. What's On Tonight, Montell Jordan - I don't remember this one, but if they had put in "Let's Get it on Tonight, it would have been bolded.

77. Secret Garden, Bruce Springsteen Aw. I love the Boss's softer side.

78. The One I Gave My Heart, w Aaliyah

79. Fly Like An Eagle, Seal I like Steve Miller band's version better.

80. No Time, Lil' Kim

81. Naked Eye, Luscious Jackson

82. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix), Los Del Rio I know it's annoying...

83. On and On, Erykah Badu

84. Don't Wanna Be A Player, Joe

85. I Shot The Sheriff, Warren G - Dear everyone: stop with the remakes and write your own goddamned songs.

86. You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time), Brian McKnight Featuring Mase

87. Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Madonna I love Madge. She's the pop queen.

88. Someone, SWV

89. Go The Distance, Michael Bolton

90. One More Time, Real McCoy

91. Butta Love, Next

92. Coco Jamboo, Mr. President

93. Twisted, Keith Sweat

94. Barbie Girl, Aqua Too annoying for words.

95. When You're Gone/Free To Decide, Cranberries

96. Let Me Clear My Throat, DJ Kool Ah huh, ah huh, ah ah! If y'all wanna party like we do, say if y'all wanna party like us, lemme hear you say ah, ah, ahahahah...

97. I Like It, Blackout Allstars YEEEEAAAAH, baby, I like it like that (I like it like that) I got soul!

98. You're Makin' Me High/Let It Flow, Toni Braxton

99. You Must Love Me, Madonna

100. Let It Go, Ray J

My faves from 1998 that I have to include are:

14. Gettin' Jiggy Wit, Will Smith Dear Ben - you dance like a rock star. You're like the white Will Smith, and this song reminds me of you *wink*

40. Make Em' Say Uhh!, Master P (This one is a shout-out to Brandy: Make 'em say uhhhh (uhhhh) nana nanAH!

70. Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are), Pras Feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mya

77. Touch It, Monifah Dirty, fun to dance to

Honorable mentions from 1999:

11. Where My Girls At?, 702 "From the front to back and if you're feelin' that, put one hand up, can you repeat that? Tryin' to take my man, see I don't need that! So don't play yourself..." Dedicated to man-stealers everywhere.

21. Bills, Bills, Bills, Destiny's Child - Mostly I was impressed with the use of the lyrics "Can you pay my automobills?"

26. Bailamos, Enrique Iglesias - Ask Brandy abotu the incident of holler-singing BAILAMOOOOOOS off of a balcony in the wee hours. Much fun.

39. Can I Get A F- You..., Jay-Z This is actually in my car's CD player RIGHT NOW. (Yeah, I'm classy like that.)

53. Miami, Will Smith - Beacause Will Smith is awesome, and I prefer my rap without "bitches," "hos" and the n-word.

56. Please Remember Me, Tim McGraw - So sad. To screw with some Toni Braxton lyrics, I love me some Tim

63. Give It To You, Jordan Knight - This was dirty. A little creepy. I liked it anyway.

75. Back That Thang Up, Juvenile Featuring Mannie Fresh and Lil' Wayne. Just because. I mean, how can you *not* dance to this?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

9/11: How Terrorists Turned me into a Librarian

A post to remember 9/11.

I'm a native New Yorker, born and raised on Long Island. On 9/11/01, I was at Emory University, working on a PhD in Political Science. My classmate Keisha came in as we were waiting for Professor Giles' class to start, asking why we weren't watching tv, saying the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane - I thought it was a sick and tasteless joke until we turned on the tv in the classroom in time to watch the second plane hit the tower. All of the phone lines were down - you couldn't reach the city or the Island if you wanted to. I figured my mom and siblings were safe, unless there had been a school trip planned to the city. My father and all of my uncles are union electricians, and IBEW Local #3 is the city local - later, I heard that one of my uncles came out of the subways where he was working covered in the debris from the building fall.

Not too long after that I started asking myself what my priorities were, and how exactly my research as a polisci scholar would help real people on the ground (I was studying the theory of international conflict - game theory and such). When my younger brother joined the Marines, I grew disgusted that none of the work I was doing would actually help him on the ground - it was all theory in broad strokes, and game theoretical which presupposes a rationality that simply doesn't encompass what individuals are willing to do to get their points across. This factored in with a long illness and the realization that I loved the subject but didn't want to write a dissertation on it, and I left Emory.

I moved to Lexington, KY, where most of my friends were, including a couple of guys willing to let me move in with them on no notice (ah, the happy fruits of goign to a teeny college where you become so close to people). I played caretaker the first few months, cooking and cleaning. Tried my hand at teaching high school for a semester. Worked in technology sales while trying to decide where I wanted to go, but I missed academia. I believed - and believe - that colleges and universities are where people truly mold themselves into the characters they will hold for the rest of their lives. it's also the one time when people can ask as many questions as they want, no matter how off-the-wall, and expect to get not just an answer, but answers from varying viewpoints. I had worked in libraries before, and was always impressed by how Marx, Kant, von Clausewitz, Hobbes and Locke could sit beside each other on the shelves with such differing views and simply be equal. Libraries are a house of knowledge, their integrity guarded jealously by librarians.

So I didn't need much of a push when, asking what i should do with myself, the answer came back as "librarian." My own hefty personal library, my beliefs about the importance of learning and the unique crucible of the university and college environment, and my desire to have a real, tangible impact on people coalesced into my plan to become a librarian.

I started my library night supervisor job in August of 2004, started library school in January of 2005, and graduated with the MLS in July of 2006. I love what i do for a living, I think it is important and upholds ideals and principles I can live by, and I've never looked back.

Maybe I was a librarian all along, and just needed a push to get me to question things. 9/11/01 was a hell of a push, and it really threw into sharp relief some things I had believed, but never thought to say aloud, or make a basis of my profession: belief in the freedom of information. My belief in the freedom to believe in whatever you want - so long as you aren't hurting someone else. My belief that with good guidance and support systems, people can become upstanding citizens with a penchant for critical thinking. My conviction that there need to be some front-line guardians and guardiennes to protect the existence of all - even the most unpopular - thoughts and arguments.

9/11 was one of the most immediate experiences of intolerance on a grand scale that I have experienced in my life. I truly believe that my work as a librarian promoting freedom of information, information literacy, research, and critical thinking is important.

We all make a stand in our own way. Some of us donate time and money to causes we believe in. Some, like my brother, don a uniform and fight for it. Some write to create a record of the human experience in all of its facets. I became a librarian and chose to promote the free exchange of ideas and the preservation of ideas as my profession.

A moment to remember 9/11. I don't think any of us has escaped its touch, and while fear-mongering over it is not my preferred way to remember the event and honor its victims, I *do* think it is important to take a moment and think about living in a world where there is no guarantee that you can simply go to work and do your job without the possibility that someone is willing to kill you simply for what you believe and how you live. In the US, we have a relative luxury in that such events happen rarely, but they do happen, and we should remember that. We should value our time and not waste it doing something we don't believe in, or worse, something we hate, for forty-plus hours a week. Think about it: are you where you want to be? If you are not, how free are you, really?

Friday, September 05, 2008

Another Librarian's Book Banning Rant

There has been quite a bit of brouhaha over Sarah Palin's alleged book banning attempts. (You can read about it at The LA Times, Time, and just about anywhere else you care to trip over it on the 'net, not to mention the various librarian listservs, twitter, and friendfeed.) Let's take a moment and discuss this, shall we?

Librarians - I'm taking the liberty of speaking for all of us here, though we may differ on minor details - generally believe it is their duty to provide information. To everyone (unless the library is a special library that only serves certain people - like a law firm library). But generally, your public and academic librarians are there to give you what you need, with that "you" defined as broadly as possible.

To book-banner wannabes: for every book like And Tango Makes Three and the Harry Potter series that you'd like to ban for gay penguins and heathen magic, I have others clamoring to ban Ann Coulter and *gasp* the Bible. (Lots of war and sex and nekkidness castrating of incapacitated adults in that one, you know). Remember, we have collection development policies that guide what we do and do not purchase, but if something is in our purview, we generally purchase books on a topic from nearly *all* viewpoints. Most libraries have a mechanism in place for challenging books, but librarians usually come down hard on the side that the information is there for those who wish it.

Those who wish it. Here's an interesting concept. If you do not want to read something, please feel free to pass it by on your way to whatever it is you *do* want to read.

If, as one of the LA Times commenters says, you are worried that:

"children today need our protection from growing up too fast. As a mother of 5 children, and one of them about to have a child!, I'm guessing Sarah Palin, along with most mothers, feels the same way I do. It's like drinking alcohol. I don't think it should be banned, but it should remain in places where underage children can't get their hands on it"

I have a simple solution for you. Pay the hell attention to what your underage kid is doing. Underage children cannot "get their hands" on reading material you don't support if you're watching them when they're at the public library, folks. (Same for alcohol. Tough for an underage kid to get their hands on booze if you know where they are, what they're up to, and what sort of photos they're posting to their MySpace account.) This is also a good time to point out that libraries are not day care centers. You are not to just drop your child off and hightail it to the mall. Either watch your underage child like a parent is supposed to, or understand they may climb into some stacks and choose a book you're not happy with. just be glad some creep didn't walk away with them while you weren't doing your parenting job.

It is not a public library's job to be a bastion of morality. Morality is personally defined. That's *your* job. What we do is make information available. If you choose to filter the information your child receives - and I fully support your right as a parent to do so - then do your job. I'll keep doing mine.

Let's Shoot for Mediocrity, Says the World

I sat through a Faculty Senate meeting yesterday where the Math department presented a proposal to develop a math master's program. A good idea on the face of it, I have to question developing a graduate program in a field where we graduate less then 15 majors a calendar year. I also questioned the wisdom of allowing folks with a BA to teach the university's developmental (read: remedial) math classes. The gist of the reply (not a direct quote, since I didn't write it down, but this is pretty close) was, "Well, these folks would hold bachelors degrees in math, or the equivalent. Which meets the SACS accreditation standards."

Well, color me thrilled that we'll strive to meet minimum standards. Also color me highly uncomfortable with the thought of folks - since the plan is to draw community members, not undergraduates - whose BAs and classroom experience are 20 years old to teach the most struggling kids. Le sigh. Many people disagreed with my take on that, others agreed.

This leads me to a question: since when is the minimum standard something to strive for? Pi. Ti. Ful. People should be ashamed if the best they can come up with for an argument is "well it meets the minimums." And it's worked its way all the way to the top, now that we've got Palin running on the "I'm a hockey mom" qualification. I know it's bad form to include politics, but really. According to Peggy Noonan at the WSJ:

"Her averageness accentuated her specialness. Her commonality highlighted her uniqueness."

We will, for now, ignore the very awfulness of words like "uniqueness" and "specialness."

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't particularly like either ticket. I consider myself neither liberal nor democrat at this point, since I'm evenly split on issues. But having the GALL to run as an "aw, shucks, folks, I'm just like you, an ordinary person" leaves an awful taste in my mouth. I do not want an Everyman/woman as my President or VP. I want someone supersmart and superaccomplished. (It's the same way I feel about teachers, really.) Advertising yourself as average and common does nothing to assure me that you can handle the monumental task of running a country. And pooh-poohing the idea that massive experience is necessary for that sort of post also rubs me the wrong way, since I'm pretty sure it's not an easy job.

A plea to my fellow Americans: please stop being enamored of mediocrity. Please do not accept it as a qualification, or even as a desirable trait. Do you really want the guy or gal slaving away in the cubicle next to you, the UPS delivery guy, your friendly neighborhood grocer, your fellow soccer mom, a local business owner, etc. responsible for your future, that of your children (or nieces, or whatever), and making world-altering decisions? Yeah, no. I didn't think so. THINK, people. I implore you. Demand better of yourselves, of your schools, and of your leaders.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

This Crazy Librarian Life

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind both personally and at work. Otto ze wunderhund is recovering well from surgery, I'm totally wiped from 3rd shift and a wickedly busy start to the semester, and classes. I just mailed out packet 4 of 5 for the 2nd semester of the MFA, the workshop I'm taking at UTC with Earl Braggs is going well so far, and the Lit Theory class I'm taking is warping my brain.

I've finally given in to the fact that working the third shift is not going to work for my life as it stands right now. The weekend of the 13th is my last working those godawful hours (though I got to meet some really great people). I'm looking forward to having my weekend time back to actually accomplish things instead of getting half-sleep in a personal twilight zone while the dog stomps angrily around the bed, tired of being ignored. (I am also pretty sure I went ahead and walked the dog without pants on the other day when he woke me up to go out, I was so wiped. Sincerest apologies to my neighbors.)

So, what's in the hopper right now? Internet Librarian is coming up and I need to get my butt in gear for those two presentations. I'm waiting back on a call for proposals I responded to for Urban Library Journal. I need to finish up some final things for the survey I'll be sending out for a paper I'm writing with my dean on how smaller colleges and universities deal with sabbaticals when librarian staffing is tight. We're full up on instruction this semester, so I'll be busy with teaching a bunch. The last MFA packet for the semester is due near the end of September. My MA classes will keep me busy until the 10-day MFA residency in November when I'll be in Louisville. I need to polish my poetry manuscript to send along to the editor who requested the full book. I need to get my butt back into the gym on a more regular basis than 3 or 4 times a week. I'm supposed to go white-water rafting with my personal trainer on the 28th.

I could use a vacation just to sort of take a mental breather, but that's not going to happen anytime soon (hoping to head home to NY to see Mom at the end of December, though). And so, with a great big glass of suck-it-up-atine, I move on about my bidness.

I think that about covers it.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Food Meme

Courtesy of Allison, your meme of the day is: Food.

This is a list of 100 foods that every omnivore should eat sometime in their life. The idea is to bold the ones you've eaten.

Happily, I like to eat (though I avoid heavy spices), so i expect to do well on this one...

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare (I was raised on raw beef. OMG yum)
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart In New York, we called these "dirty water hot dogs," because the flavor was best when the water hadn't been changed in awhile. And omg they're awesome.
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes Cue Deana carter singign "Strawberry Wine"
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream Gross. Dad liked it. Well, he ate it. Pretty sure he only ate it because it was the only ice cream we kids wouldn't touch.
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters - It helped to grow up on an island. And boy, do I love seafood...
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float I've had one, but I hate the taste of root beer
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O - Never again will I do blue JellO shots. I swear.
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat Yup - went to jamaica 3 times and it's common there
42. Whole insects Like Allison said, unintentional
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more - I don't do whiskey. I do cheap.
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut - I prefer Dunkin' Donuts, myself
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini not a big fan of gin
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips - not my fault, I thought they were chocolate.
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain I grew up in a Puerto Rican neighborhood, of *course* we had platanos
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail In a lovely garlic butter sauce. Mm.
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam Someone in college forced me to try it. GROSS.
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta had it for the first tiem at Spalding U. during my MFA residency.
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Conclusion: The Guardienne loves her some foodstuffs. Also, now I'm ravenously hungry. Anyone got any raw oysters?

Otto Recuperation

Otto is recuperating, sitting quietly for his eyedrops before tearing around the house in his Elizabethan collar, making it very clear he does not believe that accessorizing is something doglets should be involved in. But he has so far been good humored about the giant increase in his turning radius, if a little frustrated that he can't deal with his itches very well on his own.

This blog will be returning to issues of librarydom and librarianation, but for those of you interested in watching Otto recover, I have a Flickr set dedicated for those photos here.

Thank you again to one and all who decided to help. I wish you could all meet him up close for snooterkisses!