that was yesterday, and yesterday’s gone


Phino’s computer broke down, so he decided to spend Saturday at the library. Unfortunately he found out that today’s libraries aren’t like those of his youth. Yesterday’s mandatory peace and quiet has been supplanted by today’s mandatory loud talking, especially on cell phones. Children were running around, entirely undisciplined.

“Excuse me!” he exclaimed to the librarian. “Could you please get something done about all the abusive noise?”

She looked at him as if he were the ignoramus.

“I beg your pardon, sir!” she screamed. I should suppose if it were up to you, others would have no rights?”