I have never written a letter of complaint when I have been disappointed with something at particular establishment. I’ve composed various letters to senior management in my head, of course, but I’ve never actually taken action and sent one because I am not a fan of confrontation. And I’ve heard the whole “one droplet in the ocean creates a ripple which creates A GIANT TIDAL WAVE” comparison but let’s be realistic here. It rains all the time in the ocean and tidal waves are rare. Plus, I highly doubt that Map Quest is going to change their new website layout because it takes Laura Darling over here seventeen minutes to figure out where to click in order to simply “get driving directions.”
(Seriously though, anyone else hate the new Map Quest site?)
Anyway, my lack of letter writing changed today. This morning I wrote a letter to B101 radio to express my disappointment in their new campaign, “No Ballad Weekends.” I’ve discussed this at great length before, so talking about it further would just be beating a dead horse. However, thanks to technology I can see what google searches bring people here to Oh Laura Darling, and judging by the number of those who arrive by googling “No Ballad Weekends,” I do not stand alone. This weekend I heard Usher and Pitbull on Philly’s Soft Rock Station and that was the straw that broke this ballad loving camel’s back, and ultimately caused me to write and mail a very honest letter in which I threw down the “now you’re just like all the other stations” gauntlet.
Oh yes I did.
Also, that paragraph included three instances of four legged animals. A personal best!
My mom, sister and I had a girly weekend this past weekend, which means we spent a great deal of time shopping and were serious about our eating. Plus, Emily and I were truly gifted with the fact that my mother chose to bestow upon us another pearl of wisdom…“You can indeed control your emotions and actions, and you cannot let strong emotions dictate your actions. For example, sometimes you will wake up in a bad mood. That happens. However, it does not give you permission to get into your car, speed to the nearest convenience store, smash your car through it, and then tell the policeman, “OOPS…bad morning.”
Ladies, feel free to laminate that gem and stick it in your wallet to pull out in a time of need.
Anyway, before we went to church on Saturday evening we stopped by the library to pick up a few movies for our marathon that night. If that doesn’t sentence doesn’t tell you what a wild trio we are, I don’t know what will.
As we were walking through the library to get to the move section, we passed what has become my new pet peeve.
If you’re thinking, “All books at the library are rental books,” you’re not alone. I too thought that way until I was recently introduced to this new, harsh reality.
Because these rental books are different. They are the ones you have to PAY to take out of the FREE public library, and I’m just as annoyed as I could be about the emergence of this trend.
Most of the rental books are new releases, books that are currently very popular, or the ones that have been part of Oprah’s book club. They are the books that the library KNOWS people (except for me because I refuse on PURE PRINCIPLE) will be willing to shell out a dolla for, which I’ll admit is clever and tricky on the part of the library and shows that they have put some serious strategic thought into this money making scheme.
Since I’m on a letter writing roll today, I think I might compose one to send to the library to share my thoughts on making patrons pay for certain books.
I have the salutation ready to go:
Free (except when it’s not) Public Library. Dear Township
It’s just the body of the letter I haven’t totally figured out. I can’t use my signature line, “Now you’re just like all the other libraries.” Unless, of course, libraries nationwide have adopted this controversial new feature. And if that’s the case, this uphill battle will be far steeper and more complicated than I imagined.
I might even need some Map Quest directions to lead me.