You Need to Go to Tuesday’s City Council Meeting

Here are a few reasons why:

1) They’ve still got to vote on the pit bull ordinance.  (Though — let’s be real — this is where it’s really going to go.)

2) You can hear Billy Breault talk about K2 again.

3) There May Be Blood.

4) Find out what may or may not be happening with the poop in Newton Square.

5) Get invited to the CitySquare groundbreaking.

6) Cara is going to be appointed to the Human Rights Commission!

Why, yes, that is a reminder to apply to serve on a board or commission.  (I think I’ve written about that topic plenty, don’t you?)  I would especially like to see people apply for the Trust Funds and Early Scholarship Committees.

Who wants to shoot J.R.?

If you occasionally glance at InCity Times or stop by its online version, you may have come across stories/anecdotes/innuendoes about a gentleman whose initials are J.R.  Since not all of what’s written in ICT is true (gasp!), I’ll omit reprinting this fellow’s name.  Anyway, J.R. was the handyman boyfriend who inspired this column (Proquest link here; find out more about logging into Proquest here).

If you are a regular “Green Island Grrrl” reader — and, really, who isn’t — then you likely know more about J.R. than you do about your uncle Barney.

For instance, we know that J.R. was a constable in Worcester and lost his job as a result of a fight with a police officer.  His hobbies, if G.I. Grrrl can be believed, include snowplowing, pouring acid on the tops of cars, and picking up teenage girls outside the courthouse.

Do you need a ticket fixed?  J.R. can hook you up.

Tickets are one thing, but broken sidewalks are an entirely different kettle of fish.  Concrete & asphalt can be challenging, and even someone of J.R.’s versatility needs help occasionally…and he sought it out from Joff Smith:

When constituent [J.R.] asked Smith to have the sidewalk in front of his house repaired 3 years ago, nothing got done. For 3 years! Just last week did he get results – probably because Joff really needs his vote. He also placed a Joff Smith lawn sign on [J.R.]’s lawn without asking; apparently Joff has been doing this all over the district!

So here’s what I don’t get: is G.I. Grrrl mad at J.R. because he may or may not be a slutty/smutty snowplow guy, or does she occasionally fancy him because he provides her with ammunition to use against Joff Smith?  Does G.I. Grrrl keep mentioning J.R. because she’s obsessively angry with him, or because she can’t get him out of her mind?

It’s not that I’m unsympathetic — I have occasionally been guilty of fawning over the “Silver Fox” of T&G columnists or the Worcester City Council’s own Teddy Bear.  But they don’t get weekly mentions (usually) and I don’t have a love/hate relationship with them.

While the hot & cold fortunes of J.R. make for entertaining reading, I think G.I. Grrrl might want to seek out professional help to assist in resolving these conflicting emotions.  Perhaps then we might enjoy an issue of ICT free of G.I. Grrrl’s on-again/off-again bad boy.  Failing that, J.R. might want to invest in some Kevlar.

Library Tip: Self checkout

I don’t often use the self-checkout machines at the library (because I usually have a few items on hold), but I always make an effort to show fellow patrons how to use the machines.

In these days of budget cuts, we’re going to be seeing a lot less programming from library staff.  While that might not be the most important thing, I do think that using the self-checkout machines wherever possible allows library staff to help people with questions (rather than just scanning books).

Here’s how to use the self-checkout machines:

Step 1.  Have excellent taste in books! 

Just kidding — but you can only take out regular books (no CDs, DVDs, or magazines) with the self-service machine.  From left to right, I’m taking out The Real Wizard of Oz, the new Colin Cotterill novel, and Emma.

Step 2a.  Approach the self-checkout machine.

Step 2b.  You’ve got to get closer than that – they don’t bite!  Touch the screen to start your transaction.

Step 3.  After touching the screen, the machine will prompt you to scan your library card.  Take your finger off the screen and take your library card out of your wallet.

Step 4. Put your card, barcode-up, under the black scanner on the left.

(Caveat: sometimes you have to move your card around a little bit.  I find that halfway between the scanner and the base works best.)

Step 5.  The machine will now be on its second step, and will tell you to pass your books over the reader (that is, the black base) one at a time. 

The machine is a fool.  You can just stack your books right on the reader.

Then again…

…doing that only got two of my three books scanned!

Try placing the Cotterill in a few different spots.  Worry that you’re going to have to re-take all the photos for this blog post to make the process seem smooth.

Step 6.  Confirm that all your books are successfully scanned.  When they are, press the Done button.

Step 7.  Your receipt will print out.

Step 8.  Don’t forget to grab it!

And don’t forget to use the self-checkout machines!