Lately I have had this thing with chewing gum. Don't throw your hands up in the air. I chew it very discreetly at the information desk. It does two things for me. Belive it or not, chewing gum helps me chill out. Though most of my family and friends would gush about how I'm such an extrovert- I still have an occasional issue with social anxiety. Sometimes I have to force myself to ask young adults if they are finding the books that they need or if they need assistance. I like to be the approachable librarian not the intruding librarian. Another reason for my gum chewing is simple- I don't like to let on to all my patrons that I cook with lots of garlic and onions. Remember that teacher in school who always had coffee breath from hell? Well I still do....and I don't want to be her. By the way, don't write to me suggesting I try Altoids (I have and they don't do anything for me). Are you still reading? What are your coping strategies? If they abolish my gum habit, I just might have to picket.