Why did it take eighteen months for the Edmonton Public Library to process an inter-library loan? I ordered a book (a fairly obscure United States Army publication on military justice available in several academic libraries) in July of 2007. I eventually got tired of waiting for the book to arrive, so I went on-line and hunted down a copy. That copy arrived less than a month after I ordered it. With my own copy in hand, I forgot about the request, assuming the library had abandoned all efforts to acquire it. After a year had passed, my request expired automatically. Well, yesterday I received a call from the library which is just down the street from my house. It seems they eventually processed my request even though it had now lapsed. So here I have this book in my hands nearly two years after I asked for it, and now I have no need for it. There's irony in here, somewhere.