Saturday, September 17, 2011

The First Husband, by Laura Dave--Review

Viking
244 pp.


The First Husband is a book I received for review. (I do not remember whom from. Hopefully, someone will remind me. I am a nitwit and lost the e-mail.) It’s a book that fits somewhere in the category of “chick lit” and “romance” and is not the type of book that I generally read. (It’s good to read outside your comfort zone on occasion.)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Two Incidents Where I Traumatized My Family

To be honest, they scared me more than I scared them, but still. I acknowledge that I probably scared the crap out of them, and probably made things worse since I have almost no ability to express myself coherently when I am upset.

After more or less successfully hiding it for years, my parents found out about my interest in “the occult.” (They had their dark suspicions already, since I liked fantasy, the paranormal and so on. At some point in time, I’m going to have to do a little essay on “hypocrisy” since they would watch Fantasy movies and TV shows as well.) I’m a little fuzzy on the exact details and the exact order of these two incidents. As with quite a few of these stories, my family would deny these things occurred. It’s equally likely of course, that I may not be remembering all the details with absolute clarity.  Both incidents occurred when I was in high school, and still living at home.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Getting Hired: Survey Call Center


So you know, I worked at the call center of a company that conducted market research surveys over the phone. This was the kind of job that is very easy to get, but very hard to keep due to having to convince angry suspicious people that they should do a market research survey. I was about middling competent at the job, and didn’t seem to have as much of a stress problem with being screamed at over the phone as I did being screamed at in person.

This is the basic method by which hiring occurred at the Call Center: