I then zipped to the Post Office to fling packages on their way, and headed to kr8vkat's Open House. I arrived just as most of the remaining guests were leaving, so I had an unimpeded shot at all the party food. I chatted with Steinway and kr8vkat, and the other guest, J, for a while, and then got a solo tour of the house. It was good to visit, but I was tired and headed home, leaving them to enjoy the rest of their evening on their own.
So I've still got a bit of a headache, but I'm less annoyed with the Universe than I was a while ago. And for the record, my experience at the bookstore was really about the best one can have at a retail establishment. It doesn't take much reading of customerssuck to know that there are much, much worse jobs. At the bookstore, I rarely had to deal with more than a dozen people over the course of a seven-hour shift, and many days had less than three customers. Most customers were happy to be in a bookstore, and were almost all pleasant. I like to grumble about the minor annoyances, but I know that's all they really are.
Just so you know, and aren't thinking "What a whiner! He should try working where I work for a day!"