Sunday, August 31, 2003

I caught up with Amanda (ex-Teletech) this afternoon, for "coffee" which actually turned out to be hot chocolate. Anyway, she broke up with her boyfriend last night and needed some "moral support" which I provided! It was good to see her again - I was afraid that things might be a tad awkward because we've never seen each other outside of work before, but it was just fine! So much to talk about, so many common friends, all that jazz. So, it was fun.

Saturday, August 30, 2003

I just downloaded Deep Purple's Machine Head album using Bit Torrent download. I won't explain how it works, but it's pretty cool. Anyway, the album kicks serious butt. I hadn't heard it before, although I know most of the songs off it. Awesome!

Friday, August 29, 2003

Evelyn! That's the girl's name that I kept forgetting!
I'm at work, doing verifications of course (I am now doing it permanently, if you recall). I've moved desks, sitting around new people. The new people include Lorenz (who I went through training with), Dolly, Olivia, Anoka (who I buddied with early on in my time here) and another girl who's name I should know but keep forgetting.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

I now essentially have a new job. I buckled, and applied for the QA Verifiers position, and got it. So now my job involves listening to arseholes make stupid mistakes all day every day. Fun!

Monday, August 25, 2003

What the hell is that???

Brad's graduation on Saturday was relatively boring. I read through most of it. Then we saw Men At Arms, a play adapted from a Terry Pratchett book. We being me and Andrew. It was a vast improvement on the rest of the day. Very very funny. Very good.

Friday, August 22, 2003 Scroll down to the entry for "pretty". One of the synonyms is "ten". Are you going to walk up to a girl and say "Hey babe, you're looking ten tonight!"? I think not! She'd probably turn around and say "Age, or dress size?!"

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Dave says:
bet you cant guess what im doing atm
Mitzi Dupree says:
Dave says:
only in the background... what else!
Mitzi Dupree says:
Dave says:
Mitzi Dupree says:
well, why not
Dave says:
what are you, perverted?
Mitzi Dupree says:

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Let me see, let me see. What is there to say? I feel reasonably crappy. I went to see a doctor today, it seems I have a severe upper respitory infection, and she recommends I take Thursday and Friday off work (I haven't been to work at all this week). It will mean that I won't get paid for a week, of course, however I'm sure if I need extra money Dave and my parents will be happy to oblige. Well, my parents will be happy, Dave will just do it because if he doesn't, I'll be broke. So I've been sitting at home, rather bored... I've watched every movie we own fifty three thousand times and now have nothing to do but be miserable.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Funny Quotes

I feel like crap. Head's stuffy, eyes hurt, nose is running, throat's sore.

Monday, August 18, 2003

You know how I said that Dave had the flu? Well, so do I now. I'm at home today, taking the day off work. Hard to do telesales when your voice sounds like two rocks grinding together.

Sunday, August 17, 2003

Pizza Hut finally arrived with a cold pizza and garlic bread.
We have been waiting for over an hour for our meal from Pizza Hut to be delivered. Not only is it late, but I do not doubt it will also be cold. For shame! We were told it would be a long time, 50 minutes. We were told it would arrive at about 7.30pm. It's now 7.50pm. Where is our pizza? Is it cold? My stomach is complaining violently. Curse Pizza Hut.
It's been a whole smegging day, and not a single submission for my website name competition! I'm disappointed in all my readers (should they happen to exist)!

Well... ok, perhaps not that disappointed. After all, I can't really expect other people to do my thinking for me... not all the time anyway. But I'm still hoping! Still taking submissions! Email me submissions:

Saturday, August 16, 2003

Stacy is the #180 most common female name.
0.121% of females in the US are named Stacy.
Around 154275 US females are named Stacy!

Horsfall is the #30252 most common last name.
0.0005% of last names in the US are Horsfall.
Around 1250 US last names are Horsfall!
Other bloggers all seem to know other bloggers. It's like a community of not only bloggers but friends who blog. I don't have any friends who blog, as far as I know. My friends are largely non-net-savvy, and the geeks I know are just... well, non-bloggers!

Speaking of geeks, my own special geek (Dave of course) is feeling a bit sick today and we can't really figure out why. I think the flu is going around, I hope he's not coming down with that. He says it feels like the way he feels when he hasn't been eating and sleeping properly, but he's been doing both quite well... that sounds odd. What I mean to say is, he has been eating healthily and getting enough sleep. So for now, tis a mystery indeed.

I wonder if my blog is "cool"?
OK, I'm going to run a competition. Email Me with suggestions for names for this site. The prize will be your name listed on my site and of course your submitted site name used as the title for this site.
Wow! Somehow this thing's had more than 1000 visitors!!! (Probably mostly me, but who cares!)
Working on a Saturday. What a travesty! Not that I'm entirely sure what that word means, but it sounds right. Between calls I type - Jamiu isn't here to chat to and I don't know why! Amanda's here but she's two seats away and she's on a call anyway. Ho Hum.

I enjoyed this job at first. Now I confess I'm getting a tad bored with it. It's only been about six weeks. I just have to discipline myself into keeping going - if I give up every job I have after six weeks because I'm bored with it, I'll never get anywhere in life. Not that I will anyway, but that's beside the point.

Dammit I hate when people are saying "yes" all the way through the presentation and then come out with "I need to speak to my wife" or "I need to see something written down". However, I pride myself on not forcing sales, not being pushy or unethical, so I pretty much have to let it slide. Dammit.

Want sales. Dammit.
Last Night: I went to Brad's place, supposedly to pick up my Terry Pratchett books which he borrowed (all six or eight of them, but I only came home with three), but ended up staying quite late and watching most of Fight Club.

Today: We pretty much ran out of numbers to dial from work, and were basically sent home four hours early. I was quite happy with that! I went book-shopping before going home, I bought The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde (I've read the previous two in the series and they were excellent), and Ice Station by Matthew Reilly who I've never heard of before but the book looks good and it was only $5.

Tomorrow: Working again tomorrow - I work every third Saturday.

Thursday, August 14, 2003

TXU's coming in! Oh the excitement! I think they're judging the designs of our team areas. I'll let you know how we go...
At work

I stubbed my toe on Monday. It really really hurt. It's currently about twice it's usual size and I can't walk without a limp. I'm getting lots of sympathy, which is good, but I'm also in a lot of pain, which is very bad. What happened was, the toe was bent far enough back to actually severely scrape the inside of the toe. I mean, the bit that's usually pressed tightly against the toe next to it. So you can imagine how far back the toe was bent. Ow. Very very Ow.

"Chup re" means shut up in Indian.

Monday, August 11, 2003

I just took a surprisingly neat-looking photo. I was just standing at the bedroom door with the camera, mostly looking at Zeus (who was lying on the bed), I wasn't even holding the camera properly... accidentally, I pressed the button. And that picture was the result. I think Dave must have had some weird settings happening on the camera to make it go bluey like that. I just thought it looked... abstract? Possibly interesting? Definately cool.

Sunday, August 10, 2003

BLOGWISE - Blog Directory and Weblog Research have a section of "Recently updated blogs" which appears to be fairly up to date (some blogs were apparently updated 14 minutes ago), but I've never seen mine in that list. Most depressing!
A Profile of my Grandpa on Dad's Side

In general conversation, I have only ever heard him discuss cricket and the weather with any enthusiasm. On the phone, he launches right into gossip (that is to say, a rambling monologue that goes on for ten to fifteen minutes) without even bothering with the usual "Hi, how are you" etc. His wife, my grandmother, died several years ago, after which grandpa kind of came alive and began to do things. He's quite deaf and I recall quite clearly calling him once, saying it was Stacy, and he said "I don't know any Tracy!" and hung up. Like most of my non-immediate family, I don't know him well and don't see him often. He used to be a maths teacher and until a few years ago still took students for private tutoring.

A Profile of my Poppa on Mum's Side

Poppa's got a great sense of humour, particularly when it comes to playing jokes on his grandchildren (which we loved when we were younger). He seems somewhat downtrodden and quiet when nana's around, but on his own he really comes out of his shell. I have no idea what poppa did for a living before his retirement - I know he bred birds, but whether as a hobby or a job I don't know.

A Profile of my Nana on Mum's Side

Nana is very political and very patriotic. She has her views and often finds it difficult to accept that somebody else's views might differ from hers. She worked in politics for a long time, I know that at one stage when the Labour party came into power she left her job because she only wanted to work for the Liberals. I'm fairly sure she also worked as some kind of social worker at some stage, she knows a lot about the misfortunes of people in general and quite a bit about various cultures - Aboriginal, Vietnamese, etc. Nana has a very dominant personality, and oddly enough for an old person she spends a lot of time online and owns a CD burner.

Friday, August 08, 2003

The last two nights I've gotten home from work to find mushy orange cat poop on the carpet. I wonder if it's the new food... it's the only thing that's changed. Also possibly his litter box is too full - he doesn't like using it if it hasn't been cleaned in a while. I suppose that means tomorrow we have to go and buy his usual expensive catfood - damn fussy creature! I'll clean the litter box out tomorrow, too. It's not such an awful job... cleaning up mushy cat poop from carpets is worse. Oh yeah, and we need some carpet cleaner/stain remover now, because it's left orange stains on the carpet. Great.

Thursday, August 07, 2003

I'm at work, doing QA again! How I love work! I'm just typing this in between email conversations with Charlotte, Liny, Payal, Amanda, Jamiu and I think Bhamini as well. Oh, and in between programs loading too! (Yes, I do occasionally work at work!) I'm having to reject a few sales, of course, it's part of the job... it makes me feel bad, sometimes I feel like a Nasti (oops, I mean Nazi) but hey, I'm being paid for it! As much as I curse QA for their feedback on me and rejecting my own sales, I am obliged to join them and do the same to others! (I exaggerate, I don't hate it that much, it can actually be quite fun in a wicked kind of way.) The great thing about QA is I now know the entire EIC script backwards, upside down and inside out. Oh, and the right way, too.

Ah, food guy. There's a guy who comes round with a trolly with food on it. Nice enough stuff, bit expensive but it's handy not to have to go anywhere to buy stuff.

I just told Amanda that I wouldn't talk about our conversations outside of work, because a) they make no sense and b) they can be taken in more than one way. I lied. We constantly talk about being "pumped" and "pumping" each other... I think it may have started out as a synonym for enthusiasm, but you can guess what we all made of it. And now we're talking about itches... of course, it was itchy legs, but Jamiu started listening at the wrong point and jumped to a very wrong conclusion...

Do you think I've written enough crap for the day? I think it's enough for this post. There may be more later. Beware!

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

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Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Nine sales today! In about seven hours, too, as I spent a fair amount of time off the phone helping Aleeda with various things. So that's a 1.28 average for me today, and so far for the week I'm on 1.26. Excellent! I was actually quite depressed at lunch time - something was wrong with my eye, and I was only sitting on 3 or 4 sales for quite a while. But things picked up and my eye is fine now!
Today was a great day. I more than met my target, I exceeded it! Ten sales for the day, with the target set at eight. Very proud. Of course, Jamiu got 11 or 12 or something, but that's just normal because he's "da kickarse". I've never had more than six sales in a day before, largely because of doing QA for long stints instead of being on the phones.

I received my Ebay suit today. It would be very nice if I wanted to look and smell like a grandmother! It's not that bad, but it is kind of tweedy. The picture made it look more solid-coloured beige. Ah well, I might wear it... it would also be possible to sell it on Ebay! We'll see. I have to admit it was a bargain though - since when can you get a suit for under $20?

Sunday, August 03, 2003

What a weekend. Went to Cossack's on Friday night when Dave left for Mount Buller. Stayed there until about 4pm Saturday, came back here to feed the cat and have a shower, then back to Cossack's for the night. Dave picked me up on his way home at about 1am. So, spent most of the weekend drunk or sleeping or both.

Friday, August 01, 2003

At work again... yeah, I know, I spend too much time here! I'm doing QA yet again, I've worked three hours on the phones and got three sales, so averaged 1 today - I'm happy! I'm not sitting at the QA desk, I'm at my own desk with Jamiu, Caner, and all that lot. It's gooder that way!
I'm home and dry! Unlike Zeus who fell in the bath (yet again) and is still damp!

My slackness in updates of late is unforgiveable! It's just that not much has happened - just work. I could write lots of stuff about people you won't know... I think I'll do that, actually.

Maggie called me when I was on the way home tonight, she's now working at Countrywide Media, where I used to work. (Maggie went through training with us at Teletech but unfortunately didn't make the final cut.) She's doing quite well, she said she's been there for 2 weeks and is already consistently getting 2 sales per day which is great for that kind of cold calling work. She told me to say hi to "everyone", eg Charlotte and Liny, and we've agreed to meet up "sometime" for drinks after work, hopefully tomorrow night.

Apparently Ivan or Bruce is bringing a camera to work tomorrow to take all our photos - I'm not sure why. I think Aleeda wants to put them up on the wall, as kind of a hall of fame/shame (depending on our sales, I suppose).

Incedentally, our team did really really well yesterday. Almost everyone on the impossibly tough two-day Bond campaign yesterday got an average of 1 or more (that is, 1 sale per hour), and the team average was 1.06 (sales per person per hour). As a team we were the best on the floor, and I don't think any individual from any other team got 1 or above either.