DJ Badger:  The News and the Journal

Entry Ninety.
Monday, 2009.03.23, 11:57 PM CST.
My time at DecisionOne.

I have often said that if you work in IT (Information Technology) in Tulsa (which I've done a few times), then you have either worked at Decision One at some point in your life, or you know someone who has worked at DecisionOne.

DecisionOne (or, as it's commonly called, D1) is a technological outsourcing company who used to have an office in Tulsa.

I worked at D1 in March of 1999, as a member of the Netscape suppport team.  I started on the first day of March.

It's hard to believe that was a decade ago.  A decade is an awfully long time.

I still remember some of the people there, in particular an extremely cool guy named Chester.  Chester was one of the most down-to-earth, merciful, decent people with whom I ever had the pleasure of working.  He was somewhat older than I, a short gentleman, and in retrospect, he was vaguely reminiscent of the great American character actor Tracy Walter.  Chester had an almost zenlike aura of peace surrounding him.  He didn't get rattled.  He was a genuinely good person.  I hope he's doing well these days.

I remember the great central placement of the building:  41st and Sheridan.  It was only a mile away from Mohawk Music, and a quick drive away from Promenade Mall.  Heck, I can even remember heading over to Mohawk one day and picking up Portishead's Roseland NYC Live album.  Beautiful piece of work, by the way.

You know what else I remember from D1?  After the rather short training period was over and my training group was moved to "the floor," I remember my daily lunchtime ritual:  I would drive to my (at-that-time) girlfriend's nearby apartment, fix something quick to eat, and just sit in the living room alone, weeping, for about 35-40 minutes.  Usually, I would play something on her stereo - like Spy's spectacular "Where The Day Takes You."  I would weep because the environment at D1 seemed so unreasonable, and my life while I was there felt so hopeless.  I would sit there and dream of a day that I didn't have to work at D1 anymore.

I left D1 on March 31st, 1999.  I endured it for exactly one month.  I decided to continue concentrating on my DJ endeavours and college work.

Indeed, there were some decent people who worked at DecisionOne.  I hope they are doing well these days.

As for the D1 corporation...  To my knowledge, they no longer exist in Tulsa as DecisionOne.  As far as I'm concerned, the corporation can go to hell.  The sooner, the better.

More soon.