I honestly loved Liz in homecoming. She was that popular and out of Peter’s league kind of character but she was really nice and went with Peter to homecoming instead of being a basic rude popular girl.
It wasn't always like this. When I came to work at the Echo River Central Exchange, there were twelve of us: Loretta, Edna, Meg, Cara, Marie, Lois, Liz, Hester, Angie, Wilma, Connie. I was number twelve; Connie and I were hired on the same day, but she showed up early. Marie finished college, and Hester was fired for snapping at a rude caller - but he had it coming, and I hear she did just fine on her own - so they hired Beryl, Jana, and Sachiko, which brought us up to thirteen, and that was as many operators as we ever had here at one time. Edna, Meg, Cara, and Lois left one Friday evening, and were asked not to come back on Monday morning. Beryl saw the writing on the wall and quickly found employment at a private PBX. They had Jana and Liz stop routing calls, and write up some kind of "best practices" document instead. It was their final task as Exchange employees. Some of the girls were reassigned to other divisions. Connie, I think, was checking residential meters. Sachiko and Wilma were moved to energy sales, cold-calling businesses to see if they needed to upgrade their electricity plan. At least they were still on the phone. Then it was just Loretta, Angie, and me. We were swamped. The hours were hell, and hard on the throat. The "voice with a smile" became a croak. I was gargling warm salt water in the break room, sipping on a thermos full of hot honey broth stashed under my chair. Oh, I brought a lot of "extended technique" to the switchboard in those days. So, after a few months, it was just me. A new automation strategy was announced, and this place was re-christened "Consolidated Auxiliary Switch Number 30."
If it's automated, what do you do here?
It's not fully automated. There are still gaps in functionality that need a human touch... And, you know, it really is all about touch, here. Sound is a vibration, a touch you feel in your ear, so my voice is my touch. When we're talking, we're touching, even on the phone - that's an electric touch, an intimate little shock that makes your tiny hairs tremble. But that's what I mean, when I say it's all about touch here. When the power company first tried automating this old exchange with fancy new transistor arrays, the switchboard caught fire. It was just too much, too fast. So, they tried using some clunky old mechanical relays, but then the calls were getting mismatched and out-of-sync. It was a nightmare. Their technicians determined that the phone system down here had been designed ad hoc over decades around the specific tempo of its human operators. So, short of replacing the whole thing, not to mention all the wiring, they'd have to work out the exact timing of every little human gesture that goes into routing a phone call. And that, officially, is my role here. I run the switchboard for the whole exchange - once the work of twelve, I'd like to remind you! They have some kind of machine somewhere that tracks how long it takes me to do each little thing. The caller never hears my voice now; they dial, my little indicator lights switch on, and I make the connection.
Do you miss talking to the callers?
You know... there's something that bothers me about the process, besides the fact that I'm training my replacement, who isn't even human... Here's what I mean: how long do you think it should take to time my every move and recreate that timing in an automated switchboard? Rough estimate.
A couple days?
That's what I said, but this has been going on for over a year! And a very dark thought has started to nag at me... What if there is no cheap machine that's going to replace me? What if it's cheaper just to keep me here, filling in for the rhythm of the operators... What if I'm the cheap machine?
Why don't you just quit?
In this economy? No, you're probably right. Working in silence for peanut shells, waiting to be replaced by a robot... It doesn't sound very dignified, does it? The reality is that I've been working here my whole adult life. I came here as a girl, and I'll leave as a middle-aged woman... I don't know if I'm ready to be her yet.
I decided to do this because if you aren’t following these blogs, you are missing out loves.
@laochbaineann, Liz, my best friend, this one is an amazing person. She’s so wonderful to talk to and I just enjoy talking to her. She’s a major Sheamus fan, if you love Sheamus go make friends with Liz. But do not call her Lizzybear, that’s my nickname for her. We have been friends for more than a year, we are very close. You hurt her in anyway, I will find you and stick an umbrella far up your ass that you won’t feel it.
@imaginingwwesuperstars Marina!, always makes me feel better. She’s so sweet and a wonderful person. I love talking to her, she made a YouTube channel, which I am subscribed too and I love her writing. Follow her because, she loves wrestling, is a sweet girl and just wish I lived closer to her.
@oreillyskyle Sydney, this girl is so chill. I love talking to her but we haven’t talked much in a few days. That saddens me, I know she’s busy but you loves need to follow her for her love for Dash and Kyle.
@wwesmutdonedirtcheap Her stories are amazing, she’s becoming a good friend. We aren’t close but I hope that changes soon, I fully understand her thirst for Tyler. I feel you on love. She loves Mojo as much as I do, but shh, she doesn’t know that.
@theelitevillian Lauren!, my Omega to my villain. Now Lauren understands my thirst for the Bullet Club, she’s one awesome. I make sure she’s happy, she needs it. So follow her and shoot her some love, Lauren is so cute sometimes too.
@helluvawriter Meg! I know Meg roughly like I do with Liz. But Meg is more where I look for advice and she’s a great listener. She could be a momma bear to the tumblr family. And have I mention her thirst for Cesaro? Yeah, check her out. I love her.
@imnobodiesbitch Her imagines are amazing, though we don’t know each other that well. That should change love, she understands my thirst for Jimmy Havoc. She’s awesome like a cookie, sweet and kind.
@hiitsmecharlie Charlie is such a wonderful soul, her imagines get me through the day sometimes. She’s is a queen, I think so. But she deserves love and happiness and I just love her, she’s amazing person.
@xfirespritex I read all her stories and I just fell in love with her writing, she’s great to talk to although we are not close. Hope that changes love one day.
@moxleyunstable Oh Ash, this one I love to tease her with my evil. She loves me for it, if you love to RP or just shoot her a messages, she would love it. I mean look who’s she’s RPing as. Damn. Love you Ash!
@mgswdw we talk from time to time, she hopes one day I meet Marty. I hope so too. I love talking to her.
@wrestlingnoob my friend that I think deserves nothing but the best, she’s so sweet.
I love them all and who I didn’t mention, I love you and you shine in your own special way, I feel like more people should talk to me. I’m super nice and hello I’m A Scurll girl, that should count for something.
The guide to knowing the problematic behavior of the Big Brother 17 Houseguests and (hopefully not) basing their close-minded principles on their game!
Audrey: (almost) spread a rumor about Becky being a racist as a means of game against Da'Vonne
Austin: sexually harassed Liz until she basically returned the feelings (although Liz doesn’t like him romantically); cheated on his girlfriend on the feeds and on TV (and admitted he wanted to break up with her but didn’t have the willpower)
Becky: demonized Audrey during the 12- houseguest house meeting (without the aforementioned there to defend herself)
Clay: has tweeted racist things in the past pre-Big Brother; was annoyed by everything Da'Vonne did after their blowup; was microaggressive towards Da'Vonne; had a conversation with Jace and Shelli about dating black women, thought it was funny to date a black girl, and referred to light-skin women as “yellow bone”; slut-shamed the twins for wearing bikinis
Da'Vonne: apparently made transphobic comments (about Audrey); accidentally misgendered her in the diary room
Jace: sexist, bullied Steve onto the verge of tears for a vote; masturbated next to John (rather gross than problematic); had a conversation with Shelli and Clay about dating black women and used the terms “mulatto” and “redbone” to refer to the different shade of black women’s skin color (granted he mentioned that he didn’t know whether or not the term “redbone” was derogatory or not)
Jackie: nothing to date yet
James: sexist; basically raped an inflatable giraffe
Jason: has a history of posting transphobic tweets from 5 years ago; has made transphobic comments (towards/about Audrey); called the twins fat in order to differentiate between the two; apparently body shamed Audrey because she didn’t want to wear a bikini
Jeff: sexist; called Jason a faggot; sexually harassed Liz; masturbated next to Liz and wiped his cum on her back; made advances towards Liz and told her that they would get her to jury so that they could all sleep with her; indirected Da'Vonne and said (black) people shouldn’t fear the police if they aren’t doing anything wrong
John: jokingly said to Steve that he didn’t have to ask permission for a kiss but to just take it
Julia: nothing to date yet
Liz: made fun of Jason’s financial situation; said the N-word (and apparently apologized for it right after); was microaggressive towards Da'Vonne and stated that if she wanted to fight she should’ve joined the BGC (even though Day wasn’t even fighting like she kept you safe for a week Liz); talked with Shelli about Da'Vonne being aggressive in general
Meg: has made transphobic comments about Audrey
Shelli: was microaggressive towards Da'Vonne and stated that she was handling her being on the block really well as if Da'Vonne was supposed to be an angry black woman; talked with Liz about Da'Vonne being aggressive; had a conversation with Clay and Jace about dating black women, saying to be careful when dating a black girl, and referred to light skin women as “lattes”
Steve: made/mentioned a homophobic comment (about/towards Jason); made fun of/stated James’ apparent inability to read his HOH letter
Vanessa: didn’t want to evict Audrey because of her status and offered her LGBT+ solidarity but didn’t offer Jason LGBT+ solidarity when she put him up as a replacement nominee; also placed a sexual orientation microaggresion on Jason saying that he should’ve just been the happy, funny gay guy and be quiet (about him being on the block I suppose)
This list is off of the knowledge of the fandom picking up and noticing the HGs’ behavior and it would annoy me so much when people would nit pick at a HG they didn’t like and would throw their problematic behavior in but their fave would do or say something just as problematic. The idea came to me when everyone was wondering how Shelli was racist so here’s the list. Please tell me NON-AGGRESSIVELY if I didn’t mention or missed anything on the list. This is completely unbiased and I spared no one, not even my faves. I truly haven’t seen anything about Jackie or Julia doing anything problematic, and Johnny Mac and Vanessa’s were kinda little things. But tell me if you disagree with any of these.