Friday, December 29, 2006

The Postmodern Diddy

You say the world's past all epochs?
That the past can't be understood?
Maybe language is nothing but idioms,
And there's no such thing as good?

While you pace smugly in your tweed jacket,
Waving your book around like an ass
We call that "tootin' yer own horn" in my English,
Required reading in your own class?

For real? Your own fucking class? What a douche you've become!!!

But when I saw you last at Woodstock,
And the leather was more than a patch, A whole coat, even!
And we ate those sunshine blotters
Was it then that your idea was hatched?

Cause I made some flippant comments,
About the death of modern man.
I think I ridiculed Andy Warhol,
And his paintings of tin cans.

But it was all just drug-infused rantings,
I never declared hegemony dead!
And what the fuck does meta-history,
Have to do with what I said?

So don't forget this man,
Postmodernism was just a joke.
You were only supposed to laugh,
And pass along that toke.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A Poem posted from Linux SUSE

Linux is rad! Linux is cool! Linux will soon be found in our schools!

All of my so call friends used to say, till I tried out this system

and then shot them all dead.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Haikus from the 400 series (and a limerick or two)

The wind must be drunk
Blowing all over the place
Bumping into me.

Al Gore grew a beard
To hide his eternal shame
Then he wrote a book.

Can you spare a ten?
Listerine sale at Shopper's
See you at the wharf.

God created Earth
Then he went on vacation
And never came back.

Transmission trouble
I have blamed my mechanic
But he blames my car.

My pants are dark blue
They cost me 30 dollars
They were sewn by slaves.

The calls did not end
They kept coming and coming
At midnight I cried.

Calling tech support
While I munch on slim jims
And crack my knuckles.

Stare at horizon
To rest my weary eyeballs
Screen flickers badly.

Free cable was grand
Till they caught me - Now I'm mad!
Commence venting - stat!

So much tart candy
I feel my lips puckering
Like old people lips.

Sharks swim very fast
Unfortunately, I can't
The Water is red.

There was this guy on the phone with a lisp
Who declared "ComCath sucth, you thupid bith!"
Then he slammed down the phone
And left the CSR all alone
To laugh at his physical disability

I tripped over the phone cord and into next week,
My girlfriend believes that I'm only a freak
My doctor's blue pills
Are always a thrill
The colors they cause when I'm taking a leak

Monday, October 09, 2006

Why? Let me tell you a story about Why

Why? Let me tell you a story about Why.

One day in the 1930s, a dude named Satre was having an espresso at some fancy-pants Paris cafe and was asking himself the same question.

"Why? Why am I here?"

Hearing no answer, Satre made a brilliant deduction. God does not exist. Then he wrote several long and boring philosophical tomes that said exactly the same thing in a more convoluted form. The following is an excerpt from one of his less coherent chapters:

Nah, just kidding. I wouldn't do that to you.



Monday, September 25, 2006

If you are reading this email, then I am dead (or more likely fired)

Sent to the entire FuStar staff just minutes before being escorted off the site.

Dear Friends and colleagues,

If you are reading this email, then it can only mean that I have received my progressive discipline coaching ticket of termination (or whatever inane and innocuous term they use for "You're Fired!" around here). Either that, or I have flipped the bird to some low-level executive or two and walked out the front door. Believe me, that in either case, it is the best career move that I have ever made.

In anticipation of this momentous occasion, I have prepared this email in advance and stored it in my drafts folder, where it has waited for the perfect time to be sent to all of you. Apparently, that time is now. If for some reason I sent this by mistake and I am actually still employed here, well ...

I wanted to share this invaluable piece of wisdom that some old dude I met on the bus once shared with me. He said, "Son, don't ever work for a contractor. They will work you to the bone, pay you crappy wages and dump you when you're no longer useful. Your boss will be an idiot or a jerk, and usually both. Worst of all, you will work for two employers instead of one. The owner will want your blood, and the contractor will be there to bleed you dry. Take it from an old fart like me, don't work for a contractor." Now, I'm pretty sure he was talking about the construction industry, but I think you see what I'm getting at.

Whatever I did to get canned, I'm sure I had it coming. I take no issue with that at all. But something I have always taken issue with, and doubly so after working here, is the plight of the New Brunswick worker and the infestation of call centers over our employment landscape.
Those of you who have experienced the horror (or maybe relief?) of a sudden center-wide closure understand how fleeting these monstrosities can be. They are only here in the first place because our government subsidizes our wages and hands out lucrative tax breaks. We are cheap, expendable labour in a business that requires no special skills and minimal training (which our province also usually pays for). If a better deal from some other desperate province or country comes along, the call centre can pick up and move, leaving its workforce behind, at a much lower price than a more traditional business could.

To make matters worse, the so-called golden age of New Brunswick Call Centers has ended. Corporations have discovered that it is not only cheaper to manufacture goods in third world sweatshops, but also to export their customer service overseas as well. Despite FuStar's admirable intentions that it will try to open centres in locations that need the jobs (i.e., our town in the wake of the SMI fiasco), it is only a matter of time before FuStar will have no choice but to operate out of India and the Phillipines exclusively or go out of business entirely.

If the call center was but one part of a larger strategy of job creation, perhaps it wouldn't be so bad. If the money we poured into revamping our telecommunications and IT infrastructure in the 1990s had led to more than just these customer service sweatshops, then maybe New Brunswick wouldn't be one of the backwaters of Canada that it is today. Our population is actually dwindling, while our health care and public education consistently get low grades when compared to the rest of the nation.

We should be ashamed that we must bribe companies to come here and set up shop, herding hundreds and thousands of desperate workers into low-paying and unrewarding jobs. Our own governent actually advertises our high unemployment rate because it keeps turnover rates low (or so the theory goes)!

What will New Brunswick look like in ten years? Deserted. Deserted, but with really excellent high-speed internet access. One small reward for tens of millions of tax dollars poured into the vacuum of corporate bribery. Once again, we will be out of work and willing to take any job that will keep a roof over our heads and our children fed, no matter how meaningless, low-paying or degrading the work may seem. When this inevitable desertion occurs and when the next economic rebuilding project begins, I can only pray that we do things differently. It will be our responsibility, as personal witnesses to this drudgery, to ensure that it never happens again.

Take care of yourselves, everyone. As much as I hated it here at times, it has been a real pleasure getting to know many of you. Thanks to your friendship, I have as many good memories of this place as I do bad. I will keep you in my thoughts. Feel free to drop me a line and let me know how you're doing.

Kindest Regards,


Friday, August 04, 2006

Escalation Ticket of Termination

My loyal readers,

Today, my services for both ComCast and FuStar Teleserives Inc. are no longer required. It is a sad end to a sad job.

Was there any dignity to the whole process at all, you ask?

Kent, my Floor Supervisor (FSU - the "U" stands for "FuStar University Alumnus") approached me and let me finish my call, before catching my eye, noting that I was in After Call Work (ACW), and saying with practiced sterness and humility, "Morton, I have a couple tickets for you to sign."

The first ticket (by which I mean an Intranet form that requires my and my FSU's electronic signatures to verify) was a coaching session for proper use of account adjustment codes. Apparently, I had incorrectly coded a credit for the technician being late on a repair visit, when he was really doing an upgrade (replacing a regular digital box for a DVR). The amount was correct, just not the code.

I will remember to use the proper adjustment codes when making adjustments to an account.

The second ticket was a written warning concerning my schedule compliance.

I will comply with my schedule by taking my breaks at the scheduled time for the day, and by not going over my allowed breaktime.

The third ticket was a one-day suspension for arguing with a customer. I listened to the call, and after the woman told me I was incapable of doing my job, I replied "Even if that is true, ma'am, the answer is still no. I will not fax you a copy of your statement, because there is no fax machine at this office."

I accept my one-day suspension and going forward I will not argue needlessly with customers nor reveal the limitations of the office.

The fourth ticket was a five-day suspension for lying to customers. I also listened to parts of this call. I remembered him. He was an old man with a sympatheic ear. The call lasted an hour. I got his Weather on Demand station working and the conversation progressed from global warming through George Bush, healthcare (because I'm Canadian, he was genuinely interested), atomic warfare, Adolf Hitler, the technocracic obsessions of Western society, and finally our favourite science fiction novels. I also revealed to him the problem that I was having with tripping through time. His reply has really helped. "Listen kid, it might all be in your head, but even if it's real, you'll be ok. At least something interesting is happening. Believe me, the past is really dull."

I accept my five-day suspension and going forward, I will not lie to customers nor make unecessary statements about my personal life while on a call.

And finally, I received my Escalation ticket of Termination. Kent again caught my gaze. "Morton, we're going to have to let you go, ok? Your ACW time is just too high, over two minutes per call. You know this is blatant call avoidance, right? Management feels that there is also enough justification to offer no severance."

I accept my termination. Per the EMPLOYEE/EMPLOYER contract Section 3 subsection 7, I understand that I will not be offered severance because I have breached the following signed agreements with my employer:

1) That I will not abuse call avoidance techniques such as ACW, AuxW and CML.

I will hand in my headset, my identification badge, and all other FuStar property and be escorted off of the premesis immediately.

Goodbye, my friends! Billy, I hope you raise enough money for that 9mm you wanted. BJ, I'll still want those seeds if you are willing to part with them. I might have to grow for the money.

Peace out,


Saturday, July 29, 2006

Armageddon: are Visa cheque cards the Mark of the Beast?

Biblical scholars will reveal to you (if you can catch one) the ultimate secrets of the end times. Actually, I couldn't catch one myself, so I just looked it up on the Internet. See the Endtime Timeline for more details.

Now, back to my point. As you are aware, dear reader, I am not of this temporal plane. Like the old man on the mountain, I look sorrowfully down on you all from a vantage point that few have ever experienced (Diane interjects that like that old man, I'm probably completely off my rocker as well, but nevermind her; she is just jealous. You're greener than Billy's homegrown, Diane. I pity you in spades). Getting back to my point here, I have stumbled upon an informational trinket that just may save your life. And this isn't another one of those, "Oh no! The world is coming to an end in three days! Race to your bomb shelters and pray for an alkaline miracle to wash away the sulfuric acid rain!" type of trinkets. I've read The Boy who cried Wolf and I won't tempt your trust again. I have also read Echo and Narcissus and I am totally convinced that the moral of the story is that Narcissus is totally gay. Totally.

Anyway, I was reading the National Post, and stumbled upon a most unnerving article. Apparently, Visa, acting on the FDA's approval of human microchip implants, is leading the charge toward the proverbial cashless society by creating the first cheque card microchip. I would link to the article that covers this most heinous example of scientific debauchery, but alas, it is not available to you! Yet. And where on the human body do these satantic Visa engineers plan to embed this chip? You can take it on your hand, or lacking a hand, on your head, because no one lacks a head except the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, and we all know that is just fantastial nonsense!!!

The Beast has revealed himself! He is the owner of Visa! Who is the owner of Visa, you ask? Well, let me just Google that and ... uhh ... hmmm ... apparently no one owns Visa, it is simply a joint venture of thousands of financial institutions. How is that going to fit into my conspiracy factuality? AHA! The Beast is international banking! Of course! It all fits!

Save yourselves, peons! If you own a Visa card, you've already enlisted in the army of the Beast! The microchip promotes you to officer status! We are all doomed! I myself own, like, five Visa cards and they are all maxed out from paying for my Clozaril®!

I offer no further advice but this: follow the clues. Escape the fate of 1.4 billion Visa cardholders. Pay off your balance and cancel your memberships before it's too late!

By the way, Diane tells me that Echo and Narcissus isn't a fable by Aesop, but rather a poem by Ovid and there really isn't supposed to be a moral at all. That's sooo gay.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Jedi Master Snazz

Instead of a long, long time ago, it's only a long time ago, and Jedi Master Snazz continues the war against the darkside with cunning flips, x-ray vision, and a blaster in the offhand. Watch him FREAK OUT on the old fashioned Sith lords with their namsy pamsy parlour tricks by comparsion! Clones? Master Snazz practises on clones when he isn't fighting more worthwhile opponents. Who can stop Snazz? No one can stop Snazz.

Beware, evil doers! This isn't just your ordinary arbitrator of petty trade disputes, but the dude they keep locked up until SOMEONE NEEDS AN ASS WHOOPING! You may not believe this, but in all his days of enforcing grim justice, Snazz has never soiled his uniform. Who has time to use the force to repel flying blood and guts while inflicting mortal wounds on his unlucky foe? Snazz does.

"May the Force Be AWESOME!" - Jedi Master Snazz

Hero Machine

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Dare I touch religion?

And speaking of mentioning Bush (count 'em, four!), doesn't religion fall into this category of must-have blog posts also?

But look! In the previous post I mentioned Jack Van Impe, that dear old doomsday prophesying machine. Ha! I have tread this thin ice covered in egg shells and reached the other side with nary a crunch or crack or sploosh! What else could I possibly say? The man speaks for himself:

"I am not sure whether [President Bush] knows all of the prophecies and how deep of a student he has been in God's Word, but I was contacted a few weeks ago by the Office of Public Liaison for the White House and by the National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice to make an outline," Van Impe says on his website. "And I've spent hours preparing it. I will release this information to the public in September, but it's in his [you know who] hands. He will know exactly what is going to happen in the Middle East and what part he will have under the leading of the Holy Spirit of God." Christianity Today

Even if it isn't true, it's still true, you know? And I should know better than any of you, heavens yes.

Friday, July 14, 2006

If I die before 2008 ...

I must admit, dear reader, that living in the future does have its drawbacks. And I want you to know that I fully appreciate the fact that all I've ever done so far is complain about it, making the last statement rather flippant and equivocal. Take for instance, the growing dissatisfaction amongst the American public with Bush. (Note that I might have mentioned earlier that no blog is a blog without at least one Bush post. I never said I'd never bring it up again! The savvy amongst you will have noticed that this is actually the third). Sure, its slowly dawning on the wingnuts and hillbillies that their fearless leader is actually completely useless, but I can tell you with a measured degree of certainty that four days from now, or right now if you're me, or four days ago if you're me four days from now, a very remarkable number of white folks will be tuning into Jack Van Impe to hear his latest predictions of the apocalypse and what a wonderful day that will be, an even more remarkable number of rich and lonely advertising consultants will watch Bill O'Reily complain about two or three extremely irrelevant subjects, and finally, millions and millions and millions of us around the globe will bitterly complain about the weather.

What is your point, Milton?

Didn't I just say flippant and equivocal?

Friday, July 07, 2006

Rejected "For Dummies" title

Thanks to for making this so easy to create.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

All hail MP4.

As I pack away my cds, having just copied them all to an external hard drive, I ask myself: Will these ever have more value than they do right now?

And then Diane pipes up "Dummy. Does anyone care about cassettes?"

I'll keep the rare ones; how is that for a compromise?

Stupid, smart-alecky Diane!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Amazing Tbag

The Amazing TBag: well to start with lets just hear whats on your mind about the war in iraq this is an open blog so just let out what ever comes to mind first

You know, I am glad you didn't tell me your opinion first, because now I feel I can say whatever the hell I want.

The war in Iraq is a symptom of democracy and idealism in decay. What I mean to say is that those in charge are some of the angriest, amoral and apathetic leaders we have ever had (AAA).

Bush especially represents all that is wrong with the world: born wealthy, knowing only one sort of lifestyle, raised to see a world of endless bounty that should be taken at will. Like so many children of Western society, greed and vanity seem to be the impetus for Bush's decisions. He cloaks his actions with religious rhetoric and that dopey, straight-shootin cowboy schtick, but deep down inside he is very small and shallow man, concerned with social status, his family fortune, and doing big favors for his buddies so they'll like him. He is the epitome of an MBA graduate.

Like I said, Iraq is nothing more than a symptom of a societal disease. The world is slowly dying in many different ways, yet our leaders can do nothing but play an endless game of oil economics.

The greatest minds in the world should be dedicating their time and energy to projects that would make life better: sustainable energy, the cure for cancer, locomotion without pollution, that would be cool! Instead, we get more meaningless crap like Sugar Twin or those sporty mufflers that make your car sound like you haven't got a muffler.

What the hell was I talking about, Iraq? Fuck Iraq. Its just a big fucking sham.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Nazis invented breakdancing

Nazis invented breakdancing

Thanks to Dharmabum27 for the picture, who borrowed it from someone else, and so on and so forth back through the long hapharzard decade of silly pics on the Internet.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Haiku #911

America Weeps.
Tears rain from F/A-18s,
forcing empathy.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Reminders of my own insignificance (self pity in three flats)

So the newness has worn off, and I have grown all too accustomed to living in this brave new temporal plane. Dr. Forbes has me on some new meds, and the nightmares, daymares, and seizures have subsided somewhat.

Perhaps this would be a good time to take stock of my situation and decide on the next course of action:

My ex-girlfriend keeps writing and calling me, but since I live four days ahead of her, I can never take her back. She will never see the world like I see it. She will never see herself like I see her, as a boring, slightly nosy, and altogether smart-alecky prima donna with too much trustfund and too little ambition. Fuck you Diane, for the final time hopefully!

I was unable to take advantage of the winning lottery numbers in last weeks Super 7 jackpot. Dr. Forbes has patiently explained to me that if I send the numbers back to myself 4 days earlier, I might accidentally rupture my already tenuous hold on this spacetime eddy. Like a jet ski ramming through a roped off section of the beach, reserved for Mrs. Harper's grade 3 field trip, the thrill of the moment would be overshadowed by the horror of future consequences.

My supervisor is coming! Yikes!

"Thanks for calling Comcast, this is Morton speaking, how can I help you today?"

"Cut my digical cable back on right now!"

"Did we cut it off, ma'am?"

"Yeah, you fuckers cut it off cause I ain't paid my bill, but I ain't received a bill yet! You cut it off, now cut it back on!"

"Ok, ma'am, I'd certainly be happy to take a look at your account for you, can I start with your home telephone number? ..."

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Now it's next Wednesday

Just a quick update on my temporal situation, folks. It's next Wednesday and very little has changed. The Ducks-Oilers series rages on! I guess I told you things were fucked up and all Hell had broken loose in a previous post. My bad. Believe me that I would never intentionally lead anyone on like that! Ahem, now if you'll excuse me, I have work to do.

And yes, Diane! It has occurred to me that it might really be next Wednesday, and this whole writing to the past thing is all in my head! Fuck you! My method of temporal communication is both foolproof and logically sound.

You see, if I haven't posted a mesage yet, it can't possibly be there, but as soon as I write it and send it backward through the spacetime continuum, it appears on my blog both in the past and all points up to and including the present.

It is always the last posting on this blog and there are never any posts from the present that appear before that post. Therefore, everything appears in the right order and is never further along than four days ago.

That chill you just felt was the long, cold grip of logic strangling all arguments withing you, Diane.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Kyoto Message Board Snippet (4 days into the future!!)

Lipstick Liberal
Even Canada is having a hard time dealing with the Kyoto accord.

Canada is having trouble with Kyoto because it procrastinated implementing real policy and now we have a bunch of Albertans running the country. (Your version of Texas, right down to the rodeos, oil, and general disdain toward the rest of the nation).

Lipstick Liberal
Canada CANT meet the obligation set by Kyoto not because the conservative minority government wishes to ignore Kyoto, its because YOU wont slow down on producing the pollution.

You must remember that your government is discussing a problem that YOU help create.

Oh, so its individual responsibility is it? That's very progressive of you.

Never mind forcing industry to curb emmissions, or implementing any kind of sound policy or strategy for reducing our consumption of oil over the next decades.

Its up to me to stop driving my car to work and take the bus instead! that'll solve everything!

Hey, here's an idea, I'll stop buying paper and wiping my arse and Irving will stop clear cutting the old-growth forest as well!

And my government isn't supposed to be DISCUSSING the problem. It's supposed to be honoring an international treaty that it signed in good faith almost ten years ago to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some shitty advertising campaign to reduce garbage (the infamous 1 ton challenge, which I am proud to say I accomplished - you should see my space age composting system!!!) isnt' the answer!

Bold moves, like expanding transit systems to make them worthwhile to use, mandatory composting and recycling (already done quite successfully in Nova Scotia), heavy enforcement of emmission controls in factories, this is what our government needs to do.

Take action! Lead by example! Raise the fucking bar!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

More time travel, and warnings from the future!

Friends! It has happened again! This time I tripped over a loose shoelace and fell into Next Monday. My God! What has the world come to? There is death and destruction everywhere! With the help of a brilliant scientist named Roger Forbes, I have devised a way to transmit my posts back to the present. From now on, I will always be exactly 4 days ahead of you. Heed my advice and live, friends!

From what I can glean from the local newspapers, the first catastrophe will occur in ...

Oh, why bother? It's not like anyone reads this stupid blog, anyway. Fuck you, world - especially you, Diane.

Morton out.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

What Dungeons & Dragons Character Am I?

I Am A: Chaotic Evil Half-Elf Cleric Fighter

Chaotic Evil characters are the most 'evil' people out there. They are willing to do anything to get ahead, and will kill anyone who stands in their way. A chaotic evil person sees no value in order and governments, and believes to the utmost in the tenant that 'Might Makes Right'.

Half-Elves are a cross between a human and an elf. They are smaller, like their elven ancestors, but have a much shorter lifespan. They are sometimes looked down upon as half-breeds, but this is rare. They have both the curious drive of humans and the patience of elves.

Primary Class:
Clerics are the voices of their God/desses on Earth. They perform the work of their deity, but this doesn't mean that they preach to a congregation all their lives. If their deity needs something done, they will do it, and can call upon that deity's power to accomplish their goals.

Secondary Class:
Fighters are the warriors. They use weapons to accomplish their goals. This isn't to say that they aren't intelligent, but that they do, in fact, believe that violence is frequently the answer.

Talos is the Chaotic Evil god of storms, forest fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and destruction in general. He is also known as the Destroyer. His followers fear him more than worship him, and they revel in the destructive fury of nature - while praying to be spared from its wrath. Talos's symbol is three lightning bolts, of different colors, coming from a central point.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy of NeppyMan (e-mail)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

My new Super Power

While gulping down my 12th extra-large triple-sugar coffee at work today, a queer feeling came over me. More specifically, the feeling came over my groinal area. I quickly excused myself to the lavatory and locked myself in the largest stall, the one reserved for the physically disabled. I unzipped, peeked inside and WHOA! My penis had shriveled to such a degree that it seemed to have retracted inside of me. My testes had done the same thing!

So that is my new super power. With enough coffee, I can make my genitals hide inside my body, thus rendering me impervious from kicks to the crotch.

I promise that I will only use this new-found power for the betterment of mankind. Try and kick me now, Diane, you sadistic fucking wench!

Friday, March 03, 2006

I Must Destroy You

Lemme level with you. The whole Mars thing was made up. Or perhaps Mars was an allegory for the United States of America. Communists everywhere have dreamed of destroying America as well. And as Jean-Francois Revel would have you believe, they soon will due to inevitable advantages.

But Revel forgets that they had Elvis - a true king - to compensate for all the shortcomings of those worthless bureaucrats in D.C. What did the Commies have to distract the plebs from the Kremlin? Military parades? Yawn.

My fantasy places Canada in the role of hero against the villainous Americans. I picture us as noble defenders of the great North, a shield against the horde below, who turning their hungry eyes to our untouched lands, meet only the points of our swords and the harrowing winds of Winter.

Alas, fantasy it will remain. We emulate their bullshit culture and sell our land, our power, ourselves to them for bargain basement prices. Our horde bows to Mammon as theirs does. Our lakes are dirtied, our forests raped, our oil burned. At least the commies wasted it all on themselves.

Are you angry because the Americans came, took everything of value and now give the orders, or are you angry because you are an American and you hate yourself for it? Imagine being Canadian and being angry about both.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

George W Bush

A bit passe, I understand. But can a blog truly be a blog without at least one entry on George W Bush? Well, better late than never.

George W Bush will not be remembered as the worst president ever for one reason and one reason only: no one will be left alive to remember.

Thank you very much.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

A poem: Prose hidden in pretentious line breaks (Because I Can)

the gentry deposed their


crossed their minds when they turned
and saw what they had risen from

to become masters of?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Supervisor Call

"Thanks for calling Comcast Cable, this is Morton speaking, how may I help you today?"

"I want to speak with your supervisor, RIGHT NOW!"

"Ok, I can certainly look into that for you; may I please start with your home phone number?"

"What business is that of yours? I asked for a fucking supervisor! GET ME ONE, NOW!!"

"Ok ma'am, I do apologize that you are having an issue with Comcast, may I place you on hold while I get my supervisor?"

"... what did you call me?"


"No, just now, what did you just say to me?"

"May I place you on hold?"

"You called me a WHORE!!! How dare you speak to me like that young man! How DARE you call me a whore!"

"Ma'am, I'm sorry, but I didn't call you a ... uhhh ... well, I would never use that word. I'm sorry if you misheard me."

"Yes you did, you lying bastard! you called me a whore. You Comcast assholes are all the same! You have no respect - no respect at all!"

"May I place you on hold while I get my supervisor ma'am?"

To her husband "un-fucking-believable! He just called me a whore again!"

"No, I'm sorry ma'am, I really didn't. You have to believe me!"

"I've had it with you! Get your supervisor this instant!"


"Thank you very much for holding ma'am, I'm Kent, a supervisor here at Comcast, you asked to speak with me?"

"Just one damn minute, you can talk to my husband!"



"Hello, sir. This is Kent speaking, how can I help you today?"

"Well first of all, I don't appreciate people calling my wife a whore!"

"I'm very sorry about that sir, I can assure you that we monitor and record every call for quality assurance purposes, and if a Comcast representative did indeed make inappropriate remarks, he will be reprimanded for it. I will open an investigation immediately."

Wife yelling in background "They're all a bunch of fucking drug pushers! I'll shoot every goddamned one of them!"

"Like I said sir, I will certainly look into whether inappropriate language was used by Morton during this call. In the meantime, is there something I can help you with?"

"Yeah, I've been getting crank calls, and I want them to stop!"

"I can certainly understand your frustration, sir. Have these calls been coming from Comcast?"

"What? No, no, crank calls from other people, I just want you to block them for me."

"Well sir, I'd be happy to help you with that, are we your local telephone provider?"

"Uhhh, well, I don't know. Doris! who's the phone company?"

"Bell South, idiot!"

"She says its Bell South, that's you right?"

"I'm afraid not, sir; Comcast does provide phone service but it appears that you have services with Bell South. Would you be interested in hearing about our digital phone service? For only one flat rate per month, you can call anywhere ..."

"No, not right now, we'll have to think about it."

"Very good sir, until then, I believe it would be in your best interest to contact Bell South and discuss your situation with them."


"Is there anything else I can help you with in the meantime?"

"You're going to see about that whore business, right?"

"Absolutely, sir."

"Well, I guess that's about it, then."

"Very good sir, thank you for calling Comcast Cable, and you have a wonderful day!"

"Yeah, you too. Bye."

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Back to Work

When I went to see about my job, I was completely unsurprised to find that I was still on the schedule, even after all these months. My floor supervisor came over and asked me to sign off on several hundred coaching tickets, 198 of which were concerned with my AWOL status. I signed each one with the same copy and pasted statement:

I will remember to call the toll-free sick line whenever I am going to miss or be late for a shift.

“Your stats are pretty low, uhhhh … what’s your id number again?”


He glances at his Palm Pilot, “Right, Morton, your stats are pretty low. I’m putting you on a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP), let’s work on your call time today, ok?”


“Alright, get to the phones, I’ll be back to monitor later.”

Geez, not even progressive discipline? I was expecting at least a verbal warning. Gun nut Billy waves to me from the opposite desk. “Hey Mort, I’ve got another dumbass on the line, begging me for credit - can hardly speak English. Nya-myum-blam-blehmmmm! Learn to talk right, you dumb fuck!”

Good ol’ Billy.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Explaining my Absence

You don't care, but I disappeared for awhile. I walked through a fold in the spacetime continuum, and directly into 2006. What a crazy seven months! It seemed to happen in the blink of an eye.

Just my fucking luck. I travel seven measly months into the future instead of 20 years or a million years, or even backward to 1967 so that I can track down George Harrison, impress him with some trinket of knowledge and then we'd just hang out. We'd trip the light fantastic and I'd make him feel better by assuring him that he would end up being the coolest and most respected of the fab four in the future.


But no, I get here and find out that New Orleans is sunk, cowboys are running Canada and Dick Cheney shot a guy in the face! Why is it all so fucking funny?!? I can't stop laughing...