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Observations for the easily irritated.

Tag: Halle Berry

Not Writing About Celebrities

“More like not writing at all,” they whisper..

Today’s title is brought to you by the fact that every so often, I temporarily acquire a new reader just because I once wrote about Halle Berry, and someone Googled “Halle Berry movie where she played a dispatcher.” OK, who’s the most famous person you can think of? I’ll work their name in too!


(As played on Justified by Walton Goggins–maybe someone will Google him!)

“I learned how to think without arguing with myself.” I wish I could learn that. I always argue with myself, and both of us lose.


“So you’re letting someone stay with you whose last name you don’t know?” I ask rhetorically.

“Yeah,” he answers offhandedly, like that’s something everyone’s done from time to time.


I accidentally encountered Nick the other day. He had been out running errands–getting his rabies shots, getting my name tattooed on his rump–the usual needle-related tasks, and he graciously provided an armed (and winged) escort across the street, for which he was paid in oatmeal cookies (Will Work For Food). He is refusing to beg me to come to third shift, because he knows that I argue with myself about this every six months when the subject comes up, so he may as well spare himself the ordeal. (Not that I want to start a frenzy of schedule-related speculation among those below me in seniority or anything.) (By which I mean everyone.) #gloatingisanuglything

That Dispatch Movie: Halle Berry about “The Call”

English: Actress Halle Berry at the 83rd Acade...

English: Actress Halle Berry at the 83rd Academy Awards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just saw Halle Berry talking to Jay Leno about the new movie. A few observations:

–Her previous impression about 911 operators was that they worked in some sort of “bunker.” She was  impressed by the un-bunker-like qualities of the 911 center in the Los Angeles area which she visited. However, the fact is that some 911 centers are located, say, underground. They were originally going to put the operations area (or, for greater nerdly coolness, you can say “ops,” as  in, “Return to Ops, stat!”) of my own center in a windowless room, until we convinced them morale would plummet to underground levels.

–She had thought there were only 2-3 people answering 911 at a time in a given area. Well, maybe in tiny hamlets, but our Semi-Major Midwestern City requires at least six.

–Of course, they had a short clip, and short as it was, I’m already objecting to it. No 911 dispatcher who’s made it out of training will freak out because a caller screams. Maybe there was context in that scene I’m not getting from that clip, but come on. Which brings me to…

–What I found to be the most interesting point of the interview–She mentioned that the L.A. center has a special room you can go to after a particularly upsetting incident, and it’s quiet and no one is allowed to disturb you. They call this “debugging.” My mind was immediately flooded with questions:

—-How do you decide what’s especially upsetting?

—-How do you get people to use it? I’d be afraid people would think I couldn’t handle the job. And I’d be one of the people who thought that.

—-How long do you get to stay in there?

—-How can they afford to have people be out of operations like that? I mean, we don’t even get lunch breaks away from our consoles. We have excellent talking-with-our-mouths-full skills. Not that I feel resentful when officers get to go to, say, a steakhouse, and not be disturbed for an hour, or anything. Not a bit.

Excuse me while I go get debugged.


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