Thursday, July 27, 2006

Turnips, Squeezing blood from

A librarian need not make a livable wage to be solicited for money. Should your own library ask you to contribute to an institutional fundraiser, politely decline and offer a gift-in-kind instead. Here are some examples:
  • Leave your fluorescent lights off for the day to conserve electricity
  • Give away all your home-grown zucchini (no one else will take it)
  • Donate the dusty Reader's Digest condensed books in your grandfather's attic
  • Scribble an I.O.U. on the back of a losing lotto ticket
  • Continue to work for a paltry salary


Anonymous said...

Donate the Reader's Guide condensed books? Never! They're going to be worth a lot of money some day.

Anonymous said...

Uh oh, why do I think this one is about me??? I'd gladly take a photo of your latest offspring.

tiny robot said...

Yeah, why read a whole book when you can read the condensed version instead?

I also often ask, why add a can of water to condensed soup? The head rush one gets from drinking it straight is just too good to pass up.

The moral of this story is next time you're asked to donate at the office, give a can of soup.

Anonymous said...

Can I forward this to the administration at my university the next time United Way comes around? How about when they next offer discounted annual country club memberships? (Yes that happened here last year.)

Anonymous said...

I also want to pass this around during annual banquet time, where we are "encouraged" to buy a ticket that costs as much as a week's worth of groceries. Bleah.

unstricken said...

Adding junk mail to injury, I'm still solicited by the previous institution for whom I labored so cheaply.