Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Was I Expecting Too Much?

I've been traveling and haven't posted for several days. After spending a few days in North Carolina, I'm now in a mid-sized Florida city. I spent part of yesterday at the local library. I'm not new to the city, but it has been several years since my last visit, so I missed a turn on my way from my hosts' home to the library.

When I realized I was lost, I circled a block and found myself next to the city newspaper's multi-story building. I pulled over and walked into the newspaper's lobby, confident that I would get quick directions.

It was a large lobby, with five people at work doing whatever it was they were doing. A woman approached me from behind a counter. "May I help you?" she asked.

"Hello," I said. "Where is the public library?"

"I don't know," she replied. She turned to the others. "Does anyone know where the library is?"

Three of the others shook their heads. Only one guy out the five knew where the library was. "Go two blocks that way, turn left, and you'll see it."

The directions were perfect. But I was more than a little surprised that only 20 percent of the employees (that group, anyway) at the newspaper were informed enough to know the location of this major landmark. Was I expecting too much, thinking that anyone working for a newspaper would know the location of a public building three blocks away?


engtech said...


Although it might be that they use the location closest to their home, not their work.

But all of them? Doubt it.

Michael A. Banks said...

This makes me wonder how much the newspaper brothers with the library. Gives me an idea for a post, about what it'll be like when the "pros" all think they can depend on thd Internet for all their background info.