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Now Explain Yourself

by Brett M (writer), Our Universe, December 11, 2007

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Maybe I Will, Maybe I Won’t

I discovered BrooWaha sometime last summer. Wow was my reaction. A place for writing. I spent a few months exploring BrooWaha. I wish I read French. In the alternative, that BrooWaha Paris has an English version. I don’t know if I’m a writer. I do know that I write. I’ve written poetry, stories and a book. It’s as if I have this compulsion to write. I asked my mother once if I was adopted as we have no gene in common. Nope. My father disappeared when my mother told him she was pregnant.

I was born in Redwood City, California, not the easiest place for a single mom. We moved all around Northern California, then Sacramento then landed in Reno, Nevada where mom got a job in a casino. Didn’t pay much, but it was a job. I grew up devouring any science-fiction book and film. I fell in love with the idea of SETI. I wanted to be a Cosmologist as the Universe was where I wanted to work in. I seriously wanted to go to college. I worked at a fast food joint. Mom died not too long after my high school graduation. Lung cancer. She smoked. Then there was all that second hand smoke in the casino.

I didn’t want to join the military on the off chance that they would pay for my college. I applied with the State of Nevada. Got on. Probably due to the Hispanic box I checked hoping it would help me. I took a community college class here and there. Took English, Composition, Grammar, Creative Writing, worked on my core classes. Don’t make much so rarely have money left over for a class. Finally got my Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. I’ve worked at various state offices, and the schools UNR, TMCC and WNC. I rent as can’t afford to buy. Never married, as the type of woman I wanted would have nothing to do with me. I wanted my wife to be a college professor. Not happening for a janitor, which I have been since Day One when the State hired me, and I’ll probably retire as due to no paycuts or layoff in my Custodial field - yet.

Administrators and students are not intentionally rude to me. I’m either invisible to them or just the janitor in their eyes. Many professors see me instead of seeing only the school janitor uniform I wear. Most treat me with dignity and respect.

While I was exploring BrooWaha, a screen has Add Friend for notifying me when an author publishes. Hovering the cursor over it, a pop-up comes up that has “Be notified when this author publishes an article” So I activated the Add Friend for this writer who articles I had read and admired. Here’s what I got back from him.

who are you?

thanks for the invite for friendship, but that doesn't make sense if you aren't writing.

i'm beginning to feel like you interested in making this site a living hell. please feel free to introduce yourself and maybe offer an explaination about what is happening out in SF broo.

don't listen to the others- like friday or elg or the newbies, i am your new ambassador if you're willing.

Mr. Writer, thank you for the warm welcome and your professional response to my veneration of your writing. Maybe your fan, me, will just crawl back into his, my janitor’s closet. Or, maybe I won’t.


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14 comments on Now Explain Yourself

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By Digidave on December 11, 2007 at 06:33 pm
That sucks that somebody was mean to you. There are no ambassadors to Broowaha - well. I guess we can say that everyone is their own ambassador.
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By Sharlene Hardin on December 11, 2007 at 06:58 pm
Thank you for opening up (and introducing yourself). I hope your future experiences here will be positive.
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By Batman on December 11, 2007 at 07:15 pm
This is great stuff. Who are you again? :)
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By Cindy on December 11, 2007 at 07:51 pm
I sooo loved the story's graphic. Your title, intro, body and ending were well-crafted in their tie-in. Sorry about the rude welcome to Broo. Pearls before swine in my opinion. I'm one of the newbies I guess your writer wrote you back about and that peeves me a bit that he/she writes don't listen to. Why not? And why did this writer think you want to make this site a living hell? As for what you are, and where you want to be, don't give up. You've come a long ways already. I'll never look again quite the same at any janitor after reading this story. In my writing classes that is what my teachers taught, to leave a footprint with the reader. I'm still striving for that and here you nailed it. Now I understand better your moniker graphic of SETI@home. Very poetic.
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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on December 12, 2007 at 01:20 am
you gotta friend here, champ! keep punchin'
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By Annonymous on December 12, 2007 at 04:29 pm
The Broo Haters Ed wrote about are out in force here. Why? Good story. Just ignore the Broo Haters. Wonder what your writer has against "friday or elg or the newbies"?
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By Annonymous on December 12, 2007 at 05:09 pm
I'm anticipating what friday or elg will do when the snob writer is outed. Who is the writer?
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By Annonymous on December 12, 2007 at 08:04 pm
True about El G. The snob writer is in a lot of trouble when El G tracks him down. I liked the story. Just showed the Achilles' heel of Broo that Ed had already neatly commented about, that all are welcome. I add to that, welcome to submit stories, welcome to improve stories which is what we're all trying to do isn't it? I just don't get these Broo Haters. Since Ed's story, it seems to have gotten worse.
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By Annonymous on December 12, 2007 at 11:41 pm
Why El G is the 1st ambassador of Broo. The snobbish writer will soon be finding that out the hard way. It is only a matter of time till we either coax, bribe, blackmail or beat his/her name out of Brett. Good first story Brett. Hey Brett, did snobbish writer send you any other messages with further words of wisdom?
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By Annonymous on December 13, 2007 at 12:27 am
Jen & Tonic expressed it very well what a writer is. A good writer is what we're all here working at being. Thank you for telling your story. The way you were treated is not what Broo is all about. The mean writer is going to have a lot of Broo members out for him (doesn't read like a woman)as he managed to insult several in just one message. I am curious to know who it was. Just so I can rip his mouse using hand off and slap him upside the face while asking "Just what in the hell were you thinging you pompous idiot?"
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By Annonymous on December 15, 2007 at 05:29 pm
July 2007 comments to Taking Responsibility For What We Do As A Nation ElG: Bush lied people died! War kills babies. Give peace a chance. All blood is red. War is terrorism with a bigger budget. How many lives per gallon? Bush is not the son who's gonna tote the gun. More trees; less Bushes. Regime change starts at home. We can bomb the world to pieces; we can't bomb it to peace. Choose compassion, not sides. If the people will lead, the leaders will follow. Of the 4 members of Foghat, drummer Roger Earl was believed to have the biggest problem with cocaine. Welcome to my world, Steve B. Before too long, you'll be able to deduce who did that to you (there is a roving band of ratings terrorists who make a habit of doing this to authors with dissenting opinions). Unfortunately, you will more often have your opinion rated here rather than your writing. Check out my ratings and DE Carson's... not a pretty picture. M.B. Dion now has an article on the SF BrooWaha, The Great Ratings Debacle, that discusses this very topic. Steven Blake: Yeah I welcome all opinions but stand up and if you want to voice your opinion be a strong enough person to stand behind it. The Anonymous stuff has gotta go. El G: The first part I was just filling in for Kay C since she hasn't commented yet. The day I believe that bullshit is the day I make out with Charles Harmison. But I do stand behind the Roger Earl comment. Steven Blake: I am disappointed someone marked this article as low as possible but then wasn't able stand up and say anything or say who they were. I wrote to hear what people thought. You don't have to agree with me, I just am trying to feel how other people feel about it. We hear what the media says and we hear what the politicians say. I wanted to hear what the people think. And when you mark an article like this with all ones, I obviously struck a nerve so it has to be some interest to you. Disappointing! Interest: 1 Writing: 1 Analysis: 1 Fairness: 1 Steven Lane: Steve, that sucks, especially when they don't have the balls to say who they are...it seems a lot of this is going around. Charles Harmison: I know a little about the mysterious ones as well. Only for me they are not so mysterious anymore. What i find amazing is that every time mister G makes a comment there is someone there to vote it up to a +3 or +2 every time. Ariel is constantly trying to program ways to counteract against these forms of cheating the ratings. There is a karma rule in place against those voters that habitually vote abusively for instance. But given the number of comments that G votes up with his multiple user accounts it is no wonder that he has the second position. Each comment vote gives you a ratings bump of 2 points. So if you didn't have a life like him you could just make tons of comments all over everyone's articles then simply log in 2 or 3 more accounts and vote all your comments up. It would take a couple hours but at least you can give yourself the illusion that you are any good at writing. Also while your at it, vote down all the comments of the people you don't like not to mention their articles themselves. This will keep them down because of the status you have attained through your own self-comment voting. If you didn't have this much time to waste on manipulating this site or if you considered this to be a pointless way to spend your life, i wouldn't pay too much attention to the voting anymore. El G: Chuckers, the sooner you get over your obsession with me the better. I accuse you of having 19 reader accounts since all of my comments immediately disappear in your articles, now you accuse me of your M.O. "Nanny nanny I know you are but what am I?" Judging by the comment scoring here, Joseph also has multiple accounts according to your theory. Perhaps Joe and I are one and the same. The late Tumerica couldn't seem to tell us apart. Or perhaps you are just a paranoid douche whose only readership consists of your 19 reader accounts and some homeless people at the public library? Steve B, this here Chuckeena is one of the roving terrorists to whom I referred earlier. Stan by for 19 other ratings of 1. Chuckzilla, if by "everyone" you mean you and your 19 aliases, I agree... everyone is watching me now. And you're right, many of my comments do have +3s and +2s, many also have -3s and -2s. I'm not responsible for either. Finally, Chadonna, you rate my articles poorly because you disagree with my opinions, period. If you're not going to be honest about anything else, at least be honest about that. Charles Harmison: i told you to call me charles and you did not, u have been reported as abusive. this is of course the least of your offenses to me and to this site. Since you joined EL this site has steadily gotten worse, and has steadily had less viewers instead of more as was before you filth graced our pages. Before you El this site was a respectable online paper, now it is becoming more and more like a blog or message board site. Anonymous: Charles...el g isn't the only one who thinks you're a douche... i happen to be a fan of el g's articles and commentary...it livens up the site and is one of the main reasons I visit it! and no...i am not el g....but i hope to meet him one day!
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By Rose Mountain on December 20, 2007 at 12:52 am
Hi Brett, this is Rose Mountain, welcome to SF Broowaha. I hope you can enjoy yourself. I'm the writer who researches and compiles the news from sources like Congressmen who are ready to impeach Bush & Cheney, and the British BBC News that did an investigation called "US Secret Plans For Iraq Oil", which the US media censored because this is one of the real reasons we're in Iraq. So I'm one of the writers who gets Awful Votes & Reviews and nasty comments from 2-3 writers, but my hundreds of readers are very thankful. If you and I have different perspectives, then I promise to give you the same courtesy I do everyone else, I don't vote on anyones articles unless I give it an Excellent Vote. And I actually don't like the whole Vote & Review system, I think readers reading articles should speak for itself. So please try to enjoy yourself and find "your Voice" as writers say. I hope to share my views more in the future, and evolve my Series, but for now getting the news out is too important. In Peace
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By Creedon on December 21, 2007 at 03:01 pm
Welcome to Broo! Just do what the idiot author suggested, ignore the others.
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By travelingseth on January 30, 2008 at 02:24 am

Holy comments Batman.  I'll just add that, while the commenter was a bit rude, I can see why he didn't want to add someone who hadn't written anything yet.  Why would you want an email notification from someone who's writing could be a waste of your time?  In fact, I myself got a friend request from you that I ignored until I stumbled upon this.  Now that I see you have something to say I'm going to add you and look forward to check out your next article.

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