At home, in the office.

Over at the DetNews blog: Telecommuting for the peace and quiet of it.

Posted at 10:51 am in Uncategorized |

8 responses to “At home, in the office.”

  1. joodyb said on September 12, 2005 at 11:07 am

    your greatest advantage to working at home is that you appreciate little things, which are lost on most. i know a few people who “work at home.”

    re costco: the longer you go, the more you’ll like it. be sure to shop the electronics department regularly, esp. at/after the holiday season. we don’t make that many big-ticket purchases, but when we do we know to check there first. it’s more than justified the membership price. even mark (who doesn’t embrace the notion of shopping as therapy) has been won over. it’s also not as dark as the 1 sam’s club i visited out of curiosity 10 years ago.

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  2. Mindy said on September 12, 2005 at 12:31 pm

    A friend of mine has been doing tech support out of her home office for almost seven years and lives in dread of returning to the real world should her job ever go away. We get to have lunch together frequently in her kitchen, usually after she’s hung a load of clothes outside on the line.

    On a fine spring day last year she had her office window open. A client called and was in mid sob about his computer problem when he said suddenly, “Are you in Indiana by any chance?” To which my friend replied, “Yes! How could you tell?” “I went to school in Bloomington and really enjoyed hearing the songbirds. We don’t have them here in California, and I miss it.”

    Of course, she also has to sometimes tell clients that her two Siberian Huskies are only playing and not really trying to kill each other.

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  3. MichaelG said on September 12, 2005 at 12:41 pm

    Telecommuting — is that like phoning it in? Don’t hit me, I’m just kidding. Mindy, what part of California does that birdless person live in? What BS. Of course there are songbirds here. It’s just like anyplace else in the world. Though our parrot can’t sing a lick. She tries, but she’s can’t to carry a tune.

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  4. alex said on September 12, 2005 at 2:23 pm

    One of the first things I noticed when telecommuting a few years ago: it was really a lot easier to self-motivate when I wasn’t devoting ninety percent of my energies to watching my back. This stint was a welcome change from a toxic office where the politics were ugly and morale nonexistent in the wake of management scandals followed by successive rounds of downsizings. It made me realize just how angry I’d been at others, and not just for eight hours of the day. Out of sight, out of mind.

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  5. mary said on September 12, 2005 at 3:24 pm

    Oh. My. God. Mike Brown has resigned. I’m shocked. Maybe he wants to spend more time with his family.

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  6. Nance said on September 12, 2005 at 3:25 pm

    Resignation isn’t so shocking. If he’d been fired? Now we’re talking shocking.

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  7. Mindy said on September 12, 2005 at 4:06 pm

    I believe the guy told my friend that he was Ridgecrest, MichaelG. Google shows me that it’s very near Death Valley, which doesn’t seem terribly songbird friendly.

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  8. MichaelG said on September 12, 2005 at 5:01 pm

    Well, maybe in the desert. I’m going to El Centro tomorrow. I’ll keep my ears open.

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