We got the remainder of our shelflist cards this week. We had intended to keep them all here, but some were inadvertently
shipped to Fort Worth and were freeze-dried by Belfor (but not cleaned). FedEx delivered the boxes, which were -- er -- leaking
a little silt. I'll bet the driver wondered why we were paying FedEx to ship boxes of dirt!
Someday, we'll use them to identify which titles we have yet to replace. It will be years, though, before we'll be able
to say we're finished with the replacement project. In the meantime, we must hold onto the cards in case we are audited
by FEMA -- e.g., "Prove that you really had a copy of this document that you spent $5.00 to replace."
No, I'm not referring to my pets. I'm talking about the furry, winged, and cold-blooded types that inhabit Sinclair Library.
A mongoose was spotted near the basement door. Perhaps he was seeking one of the rats we hear scurrying around in the
ceiling at night. Once, a rat died behind the lockers in the staff room. Needless to say, no one was eating lunch in there
for a while.
Today, I found a dead mouse near a pile of boxes. We've also seen plenty of geckos, who enjoy munching on a variety of
tasty insects. And then there are the bulbuls that fly about on the first floor, no doubt making their mark in the stacks.
Well, at least the fern grotto is gone!