(First, it’s been over a year since I blogged!! I see I had started a piece twice – once when I was at ALA – I should’ve posted that one. I should do better.)
I’m home on a snow/ice day (snice day?) and working on a presentation I’m doing this Friday with my dissertation advisor at the Nebraska Reading Association conference called, “Diversity in Rural Classroom Libraries: Build Your Classroom Culture Through the Books on Your Shelf .” It’s mostly for classroom teachers, but obviously I come at it from a librarian point of view. But while I was eating breakfast with my husband (a mailman, so he has Presidents’ Day off), we started a friendly argument on one of my biggest pet peeves, when people put commas and periods outside of quotation marks, and depending on the sentence, exclamation points and question marks too.
It should be:
Hans Gruber said, “Now I have a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho.” NOT
Hans Gruber said, “Now I have a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho”.
Did Hans Gruber say, “Now I have a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho”?
John McClane asked, “Glass? Who gives a shit about glass?”
John McClane looked out the broken window and called out, “Welcome to the party, pal!”
I can’t believe she said, “You should use quotes from Die Hard“!
ANYWAY, I decided this was all a good point to make for the presentation, at least for a couple of slides. So I wanted to get the image from the movie where she paraphrased the line. The scene actually goes like this:
Jake: What kind of music do you usually have here?Waitress: Oh we got both kinds! Country and western!
The truth is, I know a lot of people from diverse backgrounds. I’ve lived many lives. I’m interested in a lot of things. I’m blessed to have many friends. And I don’t normally choose to bring up the thorniest of subjects when I’m with any one particular friend or set of friends. Except maybe the intrinsic value of a fried-baloney sandwich, which I harp on even with those who find it disgusting. . . .
Posts on any of these topics are likely to offend someone. Please feel free to add a comment if you like—agree or disagree.
As Francis Schaeffer used to say, shake up the bottle, and we’ll see what bubbles forth.
Or, as LL Cool J says, if you don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains.
But my friends, THIS is how I don’t get anything accomplished on snow/ice days.
Oh now I better find out when the ALA quit having a Religious Books Round Table. That won’t take but a minute . . .