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Three Replies to "Citizens' Service Bureau, this is Erik."

Scott Hardie | May 17, 2014
Congrats on the new job! I know that you liked the last one, but it must be nice to have a change of pace. :-)

53,000 times. That's crazy. The phrase must all run together as one word by now. Did you come up with ways to keep your sanity in the midst of such repetition?

Also, I don't know if you can talk about it because of confidentiality concerns and such, but do you have any funny stories you can share from the last three years?

Erik Bates | May 19, 2014
It's funny. There's no outstanding stories to convey, but there are interesting repeat callers that we would get.

One lady, sweet old lady, just had issues with her neighbors. One time, she called and asked if it was OK for her to do her laundry whenever she wanted. Apparently, the neighbors told her she could only do laundry when they said it was OK. I genuinely felt bad for the lady. She seemed really sweet, but incredibly naive.

Scott Hardie | May 22, 2014
Weird. I can think of several reasons why someone would tell a sweet naive old lady that, and none of them are good.

On a Rant

Another desperate attempt of Erik Bates to create a blog that nobody will read. Expect illogical arguments with no basis in fact, and plenty of contradicting statements. Read more »

On a Fatal Flaw of Zombie Movies

I actually have this posted over on my blog, but considering the movie crowd we have here, I thought I'd share it. Zombie movies. They’re great. Go »

My Cunning Jayne Cobb hat

Looks like Lori isn't the only one that makes fun clothing based on obscure television shows :-) Cross-posted from my personal blog. Being the sci-fi nerd I am, coupled with my love of the short-lived series Firefly, when I realized that my knitting was getting pretty good, I decided that it was time to try my hand at creating something that every other true science fiction geek has done at one point or another: attempt to create a replica of an article of clothing from the series. My chosen article: Jayne Cobb's hat he received from his mother to keep him warm on his travels. Go »

Reading, Riting, and Rithmatic...

Grad school is supposed to teach you so much more, I thought. I feel like I'm doing so much busy work lately. It's insane! Go »

The old, new James Bond...

What I want to know is, if this is about James Bond's first mission, why is the new M in charge? I mean, if you're going to go with the whole "there's only one James Bond" idea, you really should at least cast a man to be M to make it seem like it's in the past. Now the continuity of the James Bond series (if there is any, anyway) is all thrown off because with Judi Dench playing M, it would make sense that this is taking place AFTER the Pierce Brosnan Bond, which means that it's just a funny coincidence that the man they pick to be 007 just happens to be named James Bond. Go »

This isn't a rant.... SIKE!

Funnily enough, this rant actually pertains to the word in the title of the post. I'm sure you all remember that fun joke. Borat would call it a "NOT joke." Go »

The (Job) Hunt is on...

I registered for The Placement Exchange yesterday. I'm hitting the job search full-force in hopes of landing a full-time job in higher education again. Office Max is fun -- don't get me wrong -- but it's just not where I want to be long-term. Go »