Testing out theories about electric chairs, maybe?

Oh fine, that title relates more to the video, than what I will actually be doing, but its loosely related. Hey, I know, I’d be more interested in being the one wired up, than offering advice on it, anyway!

OK, with this job I’m doing at present, for a couple more weeks at least, before taking up the better offer, the fun starts here! The last 4 weeks, which were 2 weeks of customer service training, followed by 2 weeks of customer service theory were fine, hardly surprising given my work history, lets face it. But now, assuming that no one discovers my plans, and throws me out, or they simply come to a deal to let me go (at interview, I was told earliest start was 9.00, which I could do. at job, earliest start is 7.30, which I cant do, to Leeds), I go into technical services training.

Lets face it, anyone here that knows me well, knows that I’m more interested in being controlled by technology, than being the one in control. They also probably know that my personal technical knowledge, isnt a lot! Why worry, when its not the side of technology I want to be on, and a couple of folk here know a lot more about it than me, anyway? So yes, this could be, err, fun! The only blessing is, however much of it I pick up, I’m not going to be putting it into practice anyway, which might, or might not be for the best?

To be honest, I’m not sure how much I will learn will be of use to me in the outside world, or how much of it is so purely related to the job, to know how much benefit I will get from it, but we will see? And yes, you’re also right, I’d much prefer it if the technology training was being done in a ‘suitable’ technological way! Ah well…

Electric chair? Fine, depends how its aligned, I guess? Neural download chair, oh yes please, most definitely! I might even stay if it was being done like that! 😀 Sadly, not going to happen, but then again, neither is me staying!

There is one other little downside, training means I’m back to 9.00 starts, which means getting up by 5.45, so, yuck! I will get a little more time in the evening, so swings and roundabouts, but besides that…?

OK, video time. No, I dont think I’ll count as a Tesla Girl at any point, though I will be testing out technological theories, I guess? Me, fine, I’d be happier being the one in the chair, having my mind, and body tampered with, but besides all that…whistles innocently… Not the original video though, this is live in Los Angeles, a week ago today. Only wish I could have been there, believe me!

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So, The Carnival is Over

Yes, I know, tomorrow is the big day, and thats why I wanted to write something here tonight, in advance. For those of you that have only got here in the last 15 months, you’re in for a shock. Recently, I’ve been blogging every 2, or 3 days, pretty much without fail, but this is where that comes to an end. I’m not planning to stop the blog, but in truth, when I’m getting a weekend as my days off, as I will be for a while, most likely its going to go down to 1 blog a week. Maybe a longer one, but in truth, as I’m likely to present the news and views in one go, that will probably be it. There might be some weeks when there is enough material for 2, and certainly if I’m doing 5 from 7 again, then you may well get a couple a week, but that will be it!

In truth, I’d hate to think I’d have to give up on the blog, after all this time, so I doubt it will happen, but as to the regularity of them, sorry, no more. Well, until I can afford a holiday or something, but otherwise…Yes, I’ll miss you, readers, but it comes to a matter of time.

When I started the job hunt, I was hoping to find something for about 25-30 hours a week, doing something fresh, closer to home, and getting some writing done in the extra time. So yes, I’ve ended up going into a call centre, for 37.5 hours a week, in Leeds. Fine, I know, but in the end I’ve got beaten down, and everything.

OK, I’d love to think the training methods are going to be something, err, interesting, but I’m pretty sure that dream wont be fulfilled either. If I knew how to save, and post a rather delightful gif, I would, but as I dont have a clue…sorry. But yes, 4 lucky people, wearing helmets, with lots of sparking electricity, and a wire clearly downloading something into their minds, yes, you get my drift, would love that to be me!

I’ll be honest, I have mixed emotions over this. I’m delighted to finally be back in a job, and I know its something I can do, and at least its a different medium (broadband company), but even so, there’s so much there, that 15 months ago, I was eagerly looking to get away from, ah well…And yes, thats what I regret, obviously, but money talks, and all that!

So yes, my carnival is over, and I guess I’ll miss a few of my favorite programs from now on, but such is life, I guess?

Yes, in that sense, the blog title, and that last line are a massive hint as to what the video is!

Oh Harlean, you’ve gone and opened a door

Anyone that can work out the video from that title, I’m impressed. There’s a name change, for a non hit record, so…But it has a great connection.

That door I’ve opened, its the being offered a job one! Yes, after last week, and the final cracking of my head at last opening a door, its become a habit! Yes, thats right, been offered another one as well!

Last month, long before the smooth passage called being offered a job in Leeds, I went for an interview in Bradford, to work in a Civil Service Call Center in Bradford. Better hours, more money, more interesting role, but…I’ve got a job now! Thing is, these people in progressing things, dont move quickly. So yes, I’d sort of given up on them, even though those sort of places always let you know, of hearing anything positive about it. Yes, thats right, yesterday, got an email, provisionally offering me the job, subject to the standard security checks!

Alright, fine, what I’ve decided to do, is…Start this job on Monday, and see how it goes. If its great, just simply withdraw my application, screaming inwardly while doing so, and stay there. Otherwise, wait and see what happens when the checks get sorted, how I feel, and then decide which to go with. I know, knowing me, I wont move again, but while I’m in the trial period, it could be done? No, I dont like the idea of doing that, but…its the one that I want, lol, to quote a famous song.

Mind, if either wants to offer me a more interesting training method, no contest! 😉

Yes, never rains, but it pours, does it?

The video, as I say, a song from the 70’s that most, if not all of you, will never have heard. But yes, the band are from Bradford, which is the connection I’m playing up here

A funny thing happened yesterday

Well, its funny, or amazing, depending on how you look at it, I finally got offered a job yesterday!

Yes, I know, amazing stuff.

The boring details, starting on the 4th of July (yes, for me, an ironic start date), I will again be working in a call center in Leeds. No, not the same one as before, not the one of the December debacle, but somewhere fresh. It is inbound, it is 5 days from 7, so yes, I will again suffer the ‘delights’ of commuting on a Sunday, but it has to be done.

I know, I know, I wanted something different, and ideally closer to home, but it wasnt to be. Yes, in the end, anything positive won out, I just hope it doesnt end up getting to me too much. I’m sure I’ll survive, and I’m pretty sure, knowing me, I wont bother to look for something better, as I probably should, but anyway…

OK, the ironical funny thing. I need to find money from somewhere! Nowadays, you get paid monthly, in arrears (understandably), but before then, I have to pay out for a months worth of travel passes (£150-160, depending how I do it), and I also have to pull myself into shape, as hair, in more senses than one, has been sort of neglected while I havent had spare cash. The obvious one, the hair on my head, which was soon due for coloring anyway, had to go ahead and book it now, while I can. But additionally, I havent been waxing anywhere since September! The big issue is my eyebrows, they probably need sorting with a pair of scissors, before waxing, in truth. The other area seriously in need, is under arms, but I suspect that they will be covered up at work anyway. Being frank, the whole body needs to get hairless, but besides that…Help!

I did consider doing a fund raising thing, but in truth, given the result of the last one, I cant see any point! I havent got anything to offer, but my sanity, so…If anyone does want to help, shout, and I’ll let you have some Paypal details, or something. Yes, I’d love to be ‘robot smooth’ apart from the hair on my head, but thats not going to happen without help! Fine, I’d love to be a ‘robot’ at work, but doubt thats on offer!

Lastly, by the morning, when I wake up, we should know if we’re still in Europe, or have decided to leave. Yes, I’ve voted, but no, I’m not telling you which, as politics, in blogs, isnt a favorite subject of mine! But fingers crossed, people make the right decision (or my idea of the right decision, at least), we will see.

OK, the video. Given most of my audience here are in countries that prefer their songs in English, I’m providing this version

Personally, I prefer the Bilingual, or French version, but anyway…they arent hard to find!

The Job From Hell?

You may remember how a couple of weeks ago I said that if at the end of the 4.5 weeks, I didnt stay in the job, I’d be screaming? Fine, its only taken me 2 weeks to reach that point, I’m screaming! In more senses than one, in fact.

Thats right, I managed to find the one call centre where good customer service isnt a desired item, but in fact, just the opposite, they hate it. I’ll be honest, I’d read some horrible reports about this company, and their levels of service, but assumed that having us ‘extra bodies’ would enable us to help out with that matter. Seemingly, that wasnt in their plans!

It quickly became clear that all they really wanted us for, was cannon fodder, to act as a buffer between them, and their angry customers. When we started trying to help clients, we were quickly told that wasnt what we were employed for. We were just to take messages, so they stopped us putting information on file. Then when that failed, they took the computer system away from us. We had no way of telling if we were putting down the right details, or anything. Anyway, between Wednesday, when this ridiculous situation kicked in, and Thursday evening, 2 had had enough, and left. Thursday evening, I was thinking I’d stick it out to the weekend, and then possibly do the same. My body decided otherwise! Basically the stress issues sent my stomach into overload, and I spent a lot of Thursday night in the bathroom. Friday morning, I still got up, but exhaustion, and the inability to do much at all, had me retreating to bed, for 3 hours much needed sleep.

Friday, I inquired about doing a clinical trial starting next Monday, but irony, because of stress related issues, they dont want me, as that might factor into my results. All the same, practically, mainly to keep my sanity, I’ve tendered my notice, and just asked them to pay me for the hours I’ve worked. Yes, job hunting again, started today.

And how bad is it, I’ve been looking at betting shop jobs (assistant manager) as an option (thought not applied yet), and I really dont want to do that. But its money. Then again, I thought the same about this job, and look where it got me! Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket Wednesday, as its a £22.6 million rollover. Though why anything should go right for me at present? Still, should I win, I could afford a nice little place in Hollywood, so…

OK, the video. You could say, I guess, this was my journey to work? Though I went via a hellish train company, but…

Lonely this Christmas?

Well, in the dim, distant past (last one was 2000), I tended to spend Christmas on my own. Since then, I’ve had company each year, but this year, thats not going to happen. Slightly ironic, because if I’d made the other call last week, it wouldnt be the case. But because I did, and believe me, it was the wrong call, I will now be working until the close of business on the 23rd, and by then, the others here will have headed south, earlier that day. The cats will be happy at least, as they wont have to go to a cattery, and I’m sure I will be more than happy with my own company, I’ve been that way before, and I’m sure that will be the case again.

I did jokingly look at flights to LA on the 24th, mainly to see what the premium would be for flights out that day, and it was surprisingly less than I expected it to be. But in all honesty, even if my favourite little apartment was available for a 2 week stay over the holidays, it couldnt really happen. It isnt, strictly it shut up for the winter after I left seemingly, not open again until April and May, but anyway…By the time I get to LA, all the shops would be shut, so getting food, and drinks for the holiday would be a bit of an issue anyway. But no, unless someone wants to convince me otherwise, its not practical, for several reasons mentioned. Oh, and money might be a factor too lol!

Oh fine, that wrong call? Yes, it was the Job v Clinical Trial one. I took what seemed the percentage offer, the guaranteed job (not a great one, both work wise, and money wise), or the chance that I would get on the research trial (More money for less time, more interesting, more, just about everything in fact), and took the easy option. Wrong! Yes, this week I heard the news that I would have been on the trial, so not been a happy bunny. In theory, if I’d heard earlier on Wednesday, I could have jumped ship, and signed up for the trial anyway. Unfortunately, by the time I got news that they wanted me, I was already within the 48 hour ban on caffeine, and though only just, I had gone over that mark. I did ring after work anyway, but by then it was too late in other senses, as they’d called in a reserve anyway.

Right now, I’m planning on doing one in the New Year, as my friend there tells me that there will be some interesting ones in February, and I’m only working until the 23rd December anyway! At least I should get there then, fingers crossed!

Oh, the job. Yes, I had the impression they just wanted some telephonists to take the cannon fire from customers, and in my first week, I’ve seen nothing to change that impression. All for a very uninspiring wage, too. Oh, and a company infatuation with stats (which I was suspecting) that could drive the patience of anyone straight out the window. In truth, they dont care about Customer Service, they just want to be able to present a high call turnover, at any cost. So if your stats are good (one of mine was far the best of the new staff), its not enough unless you improve on them. So yes, I’m pretty jaded already, and just trying to survive the next 3.5 weeks.

Lastly, to add to my joy, the bus drivers in Huddersfield are on strike Monday, so I’m going to have to walk 1.5 miles into town, probably in the rain (if forecast is correct) to get there! Oh joy!

So, if someone wants to convince me that I should look at those flights to LA again, with good purpose, just shout! Though if I believe one lovely lady, I’m going to hear news, 4 days from now, that will have me heading to Hollywood on a more long term basis. That would be so wonderful, but I’ll believe it when I hear it.

Lastly, the video. A Christmas classic from the very distant past, that sums up what my Christmas might be. Though given 2 demanding cats in the house, hmm?

Once in a lifetime? Same as it ever was?

Yes, absolutely no prizes for working out what the song is tonight, from that title. Live version though, definitely a different feel.

So fine, as of about 2.30 this afternoon, you could say I chose the ‘same as it ever was’ option, when I got the email confirming the details of when, and where I was to turn up to start job training on Saturday. Officially, that choice was made last night, but until that email arrived, I wasnt ever quite sure, given the parent company involved, and the fun I’ve had with job applications with them before. I know, I know, it was my choice (I’d still say it might be more fun if it wasnt, but…), but in the end it was fait accompli, given I could get no confirmation I would definitely be on the clinical research study. If I was, I’d have picked that, no hesitation, but there was no way I could say no to this, then not get on the study, so…I took the easy option!

If the future shows, that at the end of the month, I’m kept on, for as long as I want to be there, then I guess it will be proved to be a wise call. If it only ends up being for 1 month, then yes, you will probably hear me screaming, all around the world! Hopefully, if the latter should happen, I can get on a trial next year, but it would be back to point A, and all that, even assuming I can find something suitable, with a decent length stay in a clinic.

Strictly, if I heard tomorrow, that I was going to be on the trial, it would be a hard choice. I would be tempted to burn my bridges, do the trial, and then take my job chances in the new year. But would this rather large group blacklist me for doing so, and limit my chances then, who knows? But practically, the matter wont arise, been pretty much told it will be the beginning of next week before they choose the lucky ones, and by then, too late!

Yes, I know, I should feel pleased (for at least a month or so) that I’ve got a job, but just at this moment, its hard to do so, knowing I’m missing out on that probable ‘once in a lifetime’ moment, that I’d so built myself up for. But good ‘robot’ logic said, that if you only have 1 sure offer, you have to take it. But will I regret this decision, at least for quite a while, you bet I will!

And to rub it in more, I was going to get hypnotised on Saturday morning, and now that wont happen either! Fine, I shouldnt need destressing now that I’ve got a job, but…

Fine, the video. Yes, as I say, you’ve worked out the song, brilliant one. Live show from 1980