MentorProf lent me one of his books earlier this semester, and then he asked me to put it in his mailbox because he wanted to use it to prepare for a guest lecture that morning. So, I delivered it to his mailbox, but I plucked up the courage to tell him I wasn’t quite done with it and wanted to borrow it again. No problem, he would put it right back in my mailbox as soon as he finished, he said. Except. I didn’t go into campus the next week, and I forgot all about it, as I worked on another section of the edits.
When I went back, it wasn’t there. I was so horrified, right then, I just bought the book on amazon, even though I am totally broke and do not need to buy anything, much less stuff that isn’t food, because I am too much of a wuss to ask him if he put it in there and it got stolen or something. I figured that way, if it has been stolen, I can quickly produce the amazon copy. If not, I have my very own copy of a book I should probably have bought years ago, because I have checked it out of the library so many times. Fortunately, and, oddly, he didn’t have any markings in the book, unlike other books of his I’ve seen.