Crapometer Volunteer #7
One day, there was a new person working the phones at SkyeVisions. We'd all been told to give him a warm Skye Family welcome, but no one had bothered to mention that he looked like he was eighteen.
"We corrupt the innocent now!" Lydia said.
His name was Alexander . He sat with Kim and watched what we all did. Selling and taking orders was easy -- it was the fellowship with Partners that was hard. We all had Bible concordances, but ninety nine percent of the listings weren't useful. "Depression" came up a lot
more often than "Acacia Trees."
So, we improvised. Kim used *Everyday Verses* to minister to callers. I used a Bible with color coded tape tags. Pink for inspiration, blue for guidance, yellow for divine promises, red for warnings. Scott's was highlighted. Bella's was all plastic bookmarks. I never asked Hank
what he did, he'd probably have talked about it for a week.
Then there was Lydia, with her notebook and tarot cards. She said it was easier than trying to find a Bible verse, and it made people happier. As long as she didn't mention the tarot part, of course.
I watched Alexander listen to Kim's calls. He had a look on his face what I couldn't quite place. *You thought you were here to sell Jocelyn Skye lasagna pans*, I thought. That's what got to his
predecessor, who got tired of the ministering that came with selling SkyeVisions bakeware, t-shirts and compact discs. He snapped at Partners.
"He has a new girlfriend," Scott said at the time, and not too much later Lydia had the details: Michael's girlfriend was an atheist, and wanted him to go to machinist school.
oh yes, yes yes yes.
this is definatley not crap. It's relentlessly commercial so all you literary snobs just go away and come back later.
Notice Snarklings how everything is not explained fully. No one is decribed by hair or eye color? We get dropped right into the action. We get a sense of conflict straight away. And there is an undercurrent of humor.
Mostly though what is great here is the energy and pace.
I'd read on. Eagerly.