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Book Elves SPEAK!
From our friends at Joslin Hall:
If April showers bring May flowers, what do the grey skies of early November bring? Leaves. Leaves, leaves, leaves, leaves, piled deep all over the lawn outside the Catalog Cave. In past years the Book Elves have raked them & burned them (once they burned them in place, still on the lawn, without raking first, but we don’t talk about that), but this year they caught the leaf-blower craze. It’s a big lawn, and the neighbor’s leaves blow down the street onto it; after 3 go-rounds with a pair of newly-purchased Toro “LeafBlasters” the lawn was still knee-deep in leaves with no end in sight. And then the Book Elves got serious, and the neighbors locked up their pets & children & retreated to their basements.
How exactly the Book Elves obtained a surplus Russian Tumansky R-15 turbojet engine (the engine used on the famous Mig 25 “Foxbat” supersonic jet fighter) remains a mystery, but with 16,000 pounds of thrust it was doing a bang-up job clearing the leaves until the Book Elves kicked in the afterburner – and leaves, bicycles, wheelbarrows, garden sheds, the Johnson’s privet hedge, and several small trees flew off in a cloud of dust and came to rest in the Connecticut River, floating towards Hartford.
But before several bewildered FBI agents arrived to begin their investigation, the Book Elves finished our latest catalog:
A Selection of Moderately-priced Books & Ephemera for November, 2016,
which may be viewed or downloaded as a .pdf file.