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Archive for June 12th, 2007

Eric’s Wilder Side

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

My brother, Eric, is a thoughtful and creative man. He’s also a very geeky guy, who has always loved gizmos of all kinds (he handles a sewing machine better than most… making blue jeans you can’t tell are handmade) including computers. (First photo here is November 2006, family holiday dinner with Eric seated front left, me standing at right.)

It’s no surprise that he has made a career in the computer business. He was the first person I knew who had the word “Networking” in his job title, back when computers usually did not talk to one another or even share printers at a workplace. He has worked in operations, programming, network adminstering, and other areas of the computer biz.

In the last many years he had to sort of start over after his last job/department sort of dissolved leaving nobody behind. He has been doing customer service… dealing with phone calls all day, angry people who are frustrated because their computer is not connecting properly with the internet for any number of reasons, none of them Eric’s fault.

He is not a big social butterfly like I am. It surely has been rough some days for him to get through a work shift, but he has maintained a good attitude and done an excellent job.

ericspikedhair33.jpgWell finally, on Tuesday Eric got to start a new position with the same company. Working with gizmos and other employees in the Engineering department, rather than angry customers. I can’t think of anyone who deserves this switch more than my brother.

For his last day on the job in the call center, Eric got a special hairdo. He went to a salon and had them give him an “80’s punk” spiked blue hairdo with four blue braids in his beard. He thoroughly enjoyed the reactions he got from his co-workers and others in the building.

And now he’s where he wanted to go, the day he hired in to that company years ago (sporting his regular look). Go, Eric!