No special skills required

The best thing about college is the classes that don't have real tests. You've all had one, and you all loved it. I'm currently in such a class - print publishing - and I'm stoked. We only have projects, no tests. True, the final presentation falls on my birthday which will be the first time in my life I've had school on my birthday, but considering I'm getting away with a presentation instead of a bubble sheet I'll take what I can get.

Last semester was good to me in way of tests. One class had open-book/open-note, two were directly from the powerpoints/review sheets, and my English class only had one test and then a final paper. Love it.

As this final paper took the place of a legit final, there were a few extra requirements that went into it. Nothing too life-altering, just really specific page numbering, formatting, etc. But the main thing we had to do to set this paper apart from the others was to get it bound.

Now, I'll be honest. I'm lazy. I definitely could have gone down to the copy/print center on campus and had this done, but it is way on the other side of campus and I wasn't willing to make that kind of time commitment.

Instead I drove over to a little copy center on Bulldog where a former roommate once worked. I made the 2 minute drive and, upon entering, asked if I could get my paper bound.

Worker Lady: "Um, yeah. Do you want to do it, or do you want me to do it?"
Sadie: "..............."
WL: "It's cheaper if you do it."

Um, yeah, I guess it would be. But like, really? I'm asking for binding and covers on like 15 sheets of paper, is the cost of labor really enough that having me do it is going to save a significant amount of money? And it's not like this was the bagger dude at the grocery store asking if I wanted to bag my groceries or if I wanted him to do it. While that would still catch me off guard (um, are you not getting paid to do it?), I would at least be able to do it. It's not like that takes a special skill outside of putting the bread on top so it doesn't get smashed.

But this was different. I have no idea how to bind a book. That's like walking into a tailors shop with a pair of pants that needs hemming. Do you want to do it or do you want me to do it? Well, considering I'm here, with my pants, and I'm paying you to make them an inch shorter, I'm gonna say I want you to do it. Dental cleaning? Wedding planner? Graphic designer? Editor? Private investigator? Heart surgeon? Are you sure you don't want to do it? It'll be cheaper.

Sadie: "Um, yeah. I don't know how.
WL: "I can teach you."

And so she did. She punched the holes into one sheet of paper and showed me how to twist the little spiral thing on. She then proceeded to un-twist the spiral thing and hand the remaining papers to me.

In addition to the 50 cents I saved I'm totally adding "spiral binding" to my resume. I am determined to get the most out of this experience. 

1 comment:

  1. That is a joke. You're nicer than I would have been...