Breaking News–I just received an email from the DeKalb Library letting me know that a second (out of five) books is available for me at the Covington Branch. Take that Decatur yuppies in the 30030 zip code. We might not be able to afford to live near the Decatur library and your little community garden, but our neighborhood library is faster than yours. A check of PL’s account shows that there is still nothing waiting under her name.
With this recent development in mind, I am now faced with two ethical dilemmas to resolve. One, is it ok to be logging into PL’s email to check for library notices? And two, should I tell you what book I reserved?
Do other couples know each other’s email passwords? We both have a standard password we use for most online accounts, unsafe I know, but we’re forgetful. Anytime we want to, we could read each other’s email or facebook messages. We share checking, savings, and credit card accounts so nothing is secret there. PL doesn’t even check her own email all that often, so she probably doesn’t bother to check mine–although it wouldn’t bother me if she did. She mostly gets junk mail and she certainly doesn’t have time as a 1L to be cheating on me, so I don’t check hers either. But, I can log in if I feel like it. There have been times when we needed to call each other to look up an address or phone number in our email when we were not at a computer (I’m morally opposed to the Blackberry and my hatred of ATT is great that my lust for an iPhone). I’ve also logged into her email to print things on our copier at work (shhhh) for her, saving her the trouble of forwarding it and remembering that she needs to print it.
The second ethical dilemma is that I’m embarrassedto confess what bookI put on my library list. If I confess that I reserved a Nicholas Sparks book you’ll be ok with that, right? I know you secretly watch Oprah sometimes and I won’t tell. I saw a commercial for the new movie “Nights in Rodanthe,” and since Diane Lane is my #1 Hollywood girlfriend, I was intrigued and put the book on my list. I like to think, and certainly like people to believe, that I’m the kind of person who would think Nicholas Sparks is beneath me. I could tell even without reading it or watching that movie that A Walk To Remember was way too cheesy for me, but The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, and True Believer were all good stories. Wait, I’m just making it worse. I have read 6/13 of Nicholas Spark’s books. That is 46.2% for those keeping score. I’ve read 41.6% of Barbara Kingsolver’s books, 80% of Michael Pollan’s, and 50% of Thomas Friedman’s, which hopefully will keep my intellect intact, at least until Danielle Steele has a new release.