Thursday, May 11, 2006

Losing My Cool

At work, I'm the youngest female librarian. I like to wear skirts that show a little leg, and I have lots of red hair. So I'm usually considered to be the "cool" one by my co-workers, most of whom are within 5-10 years of retirement - if not much closer. I also get teased - a lot - because of the number of dinner date requests that come my way (although these military guys are pretty shy - they usually ask another librarian about me). Considering I was never in the "in" crowd in school, it's kind of neat being considered the "cool kid." (I kinda feel like I'm living a farce, but PLEASE don't tell the people that I work with the truth!).

Today, I lost lots of cool points.

It's summer, and the biggest of our schools are out - which means the library is very quiet and almost empty most of the time. I have a couple of pretty boring, repetitive projects that I'll be working on, so I grabbed a set of headphones a couple of days ago and started listening to music at my desk while I work. I only use one headphone and I keep the volume turned down pretty low so I don't totally forget where I am and start humming along.... but apparently that isn't enough. While listening to one of my absolute favorite songs of all time this morning, I was (supposedly - I don't know if I was all that obvious) moving my head around, rocking my shoulders a bit with the music. They swear my eyes closed a couple of times, and that I smiled a lot. They thought at first I was having a funny conversation with someone on a headset, then realized I was listening to music and started taking bets as to which kind of music I had playing. Country? Classic Rock? Obviously, it was something with a really good beat.

By the time they came over and asked, my playlist had moved on to the next song and I was quietly listening to the second movement of Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata. They didn't believe that I had been listening to classical music all morning, and when they saw that this is the only kind of music on my computer....well....
I don't think I look so young and 'with it' anymore.

Will I never stop losing cool points?

Bonus points for you if you can name my absolute favorite classical piece of all time.


smdrm said...

I think I know the answer, but I'll wait and see if someone else guesses.

Karen said...

"Daddies Little Girl" is clasical, right?