Another Less Than Triumphant Return – Or At Least Visit – To the Fold
Saturday, February 9, 2008

Friends! Browncoats! Fellow disciples of Joss Whedon! Lend me you…eyes, I guess!

Been another long gap since I last dropped words around the Blue Sun Room, and for that, I am truly regretful. The 5 months, 2 weeks and 1 day since I last blogged have been filled with lots of action and excitement, joy and sadness, triumphs and failures…along with more than my fair share of near-death experiences, IMO. But hey…what’s a close shave or six in the grand scheme of things?

To give everyone a heads-up about how things from before are going now, let me say this: I QUIT MY JOB!!! And part of me regrets it honestly. Why, you might ask, when my previous spiel made mention of constantly being exhausted and sore from uncomfortable job tasks, and being an illegal employee because of my lack of certification and registration? Simple, really: other than my boss, I thought the world of my co-workers and except for the less-than-pleasant parts of the job, I actually had fun meeting with potential and return customers looking for a good deal. My last day as an employee of --- CENSORED --- was Friday, October 5th and it was honestly a bittersweet day. Yeah, I was finally done with a place that probably would have seen me sick, injured or in trouble with the law…but getting honest well-wishes from co-workers and a little party where I was asked to give a short speech made me feel a lot guiltier about my decision to leave. At this moment, my memories are somewhat rose-coloured but I still know why I left…though hearing radio ads in the morning talking about the lot’s success and need for expansion to 2 locations and a larger product base kinda makes me grumpy, since I moved product on a regular basis and often made suggestions for helping to expand the business that were eventually taken up

In any case, between October 5th, 2007 and January 11th, 2008, I was unemployed and debating about going back to school to finish my Bachelor’s degree. However, I did finally found a job in the strangest of places: a call centre run by a company called TeleTech Holdings Inc. in London, a city 30 minutes from where I live. They have offices in the States and in the Philippines and they hold the contract for supplying tech support for Verizon’s internet services. Specifically, I am what is designated a VCTS Frontline Agent, or V erizon C onsumer T echnical S upport…basically I am the first line of help when a DSL Internet customer calls in for assistance. I get to spend 8 hours a day – currently working the 7AM to 3:45 shift – taking calls from Verizon customers in areas once served by Bell Atlantic and GTE (aka US Eastern Seaboard and the Southwestern US states that border Mexico). So if anyone has Verizon high-speed internet and needs to call in…you could get me as your agent

If you’re still wondering about my near-death moments comment from earlier in this blog, I was referring to almost falling from a height greater than 6 feet while in my last month of work at the car lot job…and almost killing myself when I lost control of my mom’s SUV on the way to work this past Thursday morning. Seems even 4-wheel drive doesn’t prevent traction loss from black ice patches I’m OK and all, but it was definitely a hair-raising experience to endure…though I didn’t need my dad telling me that had I been just 100 metres (about 110 yards) farther along the road, I would have slid into a concrete water culvert running under the road rather than a farmer’s field bordered by bushes.

I guess the point of this little rant/blog/chat is to say “I’m still here!” and re-affirm my obsession with Firefly and Serenity . That and to hopefully enlighten curious parties as to why my cheerleading efforts have been seriously curtailed from previous levels to the odd beta job. Working the hours I do are not conducive towards having oodles of conscious leisure time….



Wednesday, February 13, 2008 1:41 PM


Just got back to the site after a small absence of my own, and I can only say, I MISSED YOU. WELCOME BACK! *throws confetti in the air and does a happy dance* :D

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 6:07 AM


Welcome back! You're the only one I know that takes the time to find something worth commenting on in every story. I'm not that kind! LOL!

I worked for that same company here in CA about 12 yrs ago before it moved its call centers to other countries. Small world.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 2:31 AM


and he's back....glad to hear you're still alive, man. I admire someone who has the guts to quit an unhealthy job situation, (workmans comp not withstanding)....welcome back...


Monday, February 11, 2008 10:41 PM


Now there's a moment made of sunlight: the return of BlueEyedBrigadier. :)

"I’m still here!" You almost make it sound like a small thing, but it's big. :) Kinda reminds me of what Abraham said when called upon by God: "Hineni" -- "I am here." But not in the commonly known sense of humility, for there's a deeper meaning to it, like: "Here I will make my stand." As we would say: "Here I'm holding." :) Seems to me like the 'Verse never tires of giving us the short end of stick. But you took that stick! And... well... ya took it! You're still holding, still here! I say that's no small matter.

I'm glad you came back. You're a good man; but also, in doing so, you reaffirm, once again, that the Firefly ties can never be broken! And so your return brings a little hope to them as need it brought (which, at this point, most like, includes us all).

Monday, February 11, 2008 9:57 AM


Good to see you back, BEB, champion of the BSR feedback machine. :) Glad you made it through the harrowing-ness. Black ice scares the hell out of me!

Monday, February 11, 2008 7:24 AM


BEB, however you come back, it's good to see you again. So pull up a chair, open a beer, take your time ... and just know we're glad to see you.

Monday, February 11, 2008 12:40 AM


Wahay! Welcome back Sir! It doesn't matter if it is a full or semi-full return, it is still triumphant nonetheless! Truly. Your lack of presence here has been noticeable.

I'm glad that you got away from that used car dealership place. Nightmare job! *Shudders.*

It's cool to have you back onboard, and that your real life sh** is back in order.


Sunday, February 10, 2008 10:32 AM


Biiig huuug! We missed you.

Never run away from home again, shame on you!

Who needs work and sleep?!

(excuse me while I laugh until my head asplode)

Sunday, February 10, 2008 8:14 AM


Time for some responses to my beloved fans;)

NVGHOSTRIDER: Yeah, figured the odd person was wondering where I had went. But no, didn't disappear down a black hole...less you classify working jobs that suck up all your time and energy so spending one's leisure time reading fanfic is closer to fantasy than reality "falling down a black hole" ;D

SISTER: I'm happy to have escaped near-death my own self. I am definitely starting to have a larger sympathy with our beloved Captain Tightpants and his predilection toward tight spots and tough calls. And it's good to know my words serve a happy purpose for some, since I have found not everyone agrees with your assessment of my thoughts.

EMPIREX: I'm glad there are people out there who can understand the fun I've had changing jobs and acclimatizing to a new environment. I can happily say that I have been give a much more extensive training base for my new job...but it's still mucho stressful right now, since I've gone from a job where not being able to sell someone a car is a shame and a threat to my employment status only to a job where my failure to develop a solutions means a customer of Verizon has to be without important services for longer than they should...and spend more time on the phone talking to techs than needed.

NCBROWNCOAT: Perceptive, huh? That's definitely something that helps the old self-esteem on rough days of multi-hour calls where every insult in the book is aimed at me;)

STEAMER: Not sure if I have gotten right, Steamer. Just managed to find employment where the stress comes from different sources ;)

Also, I sadly can't advertise a triumphant return to being Browncoat Cheerleader Extraordinaire. My current work hours mean I go to bed real early like and get up before the sun has awoken, meaning I come home drained from handling tech support cases from sun-up to basically sundown and barely wanting to look at my proliferation of e-mail let alone something more complicated like fanfic.

Hopefully, once I have passed the probationary period and gotten sufficient time under my belt, I can get me a shift where I come home with more energy and drive. Then, I think, shall come the Return :D

HOBBLEIT: Glad to know I’ve been missed around these parts, hobbleit. I am sure that once I have some stability in my work hours that I will be back with a vengeance. Though it might take me a while to plough through the backlog if I get crazy enough to tackle it 

MSB: *hugs right back…if I may* It’s mighty good to be back, even if it’s in a limited capacity. Just hope I can start dropping idea bombs with abandon like I was pre-July 2007 ;D

ALLIETHORN7: Glad to be back, Alliethorn7…and I can certainly try assisting you with your computer calamities. I can’t promise anything, because I am only trained dealing with certain physical issues and connectivity-related software problems. However, I can certainly point you in the right direction for specialized consultation :D

Sunday, February 10, 2008 7:17 AM


Welcome back!
Glad to see you alive- and I hope you can guide me through the inherent problems I seem to have with computers!


Sunday, February 10, 2008 7:04 AM


HUGS glad it was only near death...It's nice to have you back:)

Sunday, February 10, 2008 12:00 AM


Welcome back. I've missed your wonderful comments on all my stuff

Saturday, February 9, 2008 10:05 PM


Good to see you 'round again, man. Are you back to commenting on just about everything that appears in the BSR? ;)

And, glad to hear you've gotten right, 'cause you ain't gettin' left.

Saturday, February 9, 2008 6:32 PM


Welcome back BEB. You've been missed around here. Your comments are always so perceptive.

Saturday, February 9, 2008 5:30 PM


Goodness gracious! That's a lot going on! I know what you mean about having doubts/regrets about moving on to a new position, but I'm sure this will be a good move for you.

Good to have you back BEB!

Saturday, February 9, 2008 5:28 PM


Welcome back! Missed your posts. happy you have escaped various near-death and all.

Saturday, February 9, 2008 3:02 PM


Wow BEB. Good to see ya back around again. Get to wondering about folks. Wondering if you were lost in the black or what.

Welcome back.


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