The working from home thread

Discussion in 'Free Thoughts' started by wegs, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    So, before coronavirus, I was able to work part of my work week from home, but now...I'm in total work-from-home mode. I've always liked working from home. More focus, no meaningless impromptu meetings, and no gossip. I find that I'm way more productive. How about you? But, I'm an introvert, so...it works in my favor.

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    Has your company shifted you to working from home, and how do you like it?
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    In the software industry, working from home is pretty common.
    I try to avoid it because I'm easily distracted.

    But recently I've started work in Healthcare (well, in the Billing office - so I'm still sitting at a desk).

    Brought work home and now have full access. Work from my roofed-in deck/smoking lounge.

    What money I'm saving on gas and parking is now going to cigars.
     
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  5. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    53 years as a self employed free lance artist. I work out of my home studio, am sitting in my home office surrounded by computers and printers ATM. Various mementos on my desk, guitar right next to it. Wife is off to her office job, but has her own home office downstairs in the front room. She is at 50/50 between the 2 offices. Lovely lady Labrador is down the hall sleeping on the love seat in our home gym. We are going out to do our daily back country 6-7 miles as soon as I brush my teeth. Will likely see 1 or 2 people I have been seeing for decades out there. From a couple of meters/yards at the closest as we pass. We all have in common a great love of solitude in the wilderness.

    My big social event of the week will be my weekly grocery shopping trip Thursday AM. I will wear disposable gloves and won't dawdle.
    I take a list and don't riff. I know the staff and they know my weekly order.

    "The usual?"
    "Yes ma'am/sir, if you would be so kind.

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    For some strange reason, there are always lots of fresh green vegetables and fruits, which are most of my diet.

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    No restaurants, bars, movies etc., we are pretty much stay at home folks anyways, save for a couple of trips every year to go climb mountains. Might not do that this year, depending on how the plague works out. Otherwise not much of a change for me, though, save for wearing disposable gloves to the grocery store. Being Buddhist, I enjoy a simple life.

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  7. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    We run an on-line business from home. Nothing new about me sitting at my computer, pretending to work while really playing Bobolz and annoying wegs.
     
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  8. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    You're not that annoying.

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  9. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Yep. We actually got an exemption so we could keep working (critical industry) but 95% of us are working from home. I've had to switch my most productive hours from during the day to during the night; taking care of the kids / distractions from the kids makes the day not as productive. But it's not too bad.

    Next week the main board comes in and that will require physical work with the board. Not sure how that's going to work.
     
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  11. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    When do you sleep? lol

    I guess there are manageable ways to keep working with people, by applying social distancing guidelines. Would it be feasible with your work?
     
  12. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    What a remarkable life you’ve led! How long have been following Buddhism? Do you feel that minimalism and simplicity makes for a more peaceful life? (From a recovering consumerist - I would say it does lol)
     
  13. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    10 to 6. 6pm to 9pm is my most productive time now.
    We will see next week!
     
  14. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Used to be mine, as well.
    We did our second Tuesday run today. On the road at 6:15 am; in town by 6:45; sit in grocery parking lot until they open at 7 (early hour for oldsters) Don mask & gloves, get bags, wait turn to go into store and collect shopping cart. Everything but TP, snotex and bleach well stocked and reasonably priced. All other patrons polite and subdued. Out by 8:35, home at 9:10; toss outer garments in washer, wipe down purchases.
    Commendably efficient. Depressing as hell!!
    Being routinely isolated, trips to town used to be fun. I'd dawdle in the produce section, maybe share cauliflower recipes; browse the international aisle for something exotic we've never tasted, joke and flirt with other regulars... We'd hit the bulk food store, maybe a thrift store or hardware, farm supply, dollar store, Deals, Staples, European Bakery for lunch... You know - an outing. This was more like a military operation.
     
  15. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Are there really that many cauliflower recipes?

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    If so, do share Jeeves. I love cauliflower, and have a few good recipes myself. Baked cauliflower lathered in hot sauce and then rebaked, works well as a substitute for chicken wings. *mmm*
     
  16. Xelasnave.1947 Valued Senior Member

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    Baked with lots of cheese, when the cheese is melted take it out and stir in, gently, chopped prawns ( shrimp?) With diced bacon...the heat is sufficient to heat the prawns and bacon, pour this over toasted rolls painted with butter and garlic..grind pepper over and sprinkle black cavier all over...serve with side salad of tomatoes, sliced cucumber, sliced onion and shredded baby spinach leaves dressed with Apple cider vinegar and virgin olive oil with spices of choice added....if you want something quick and simple.
    Alex
     
  17. Stoniphi obscurely fossiliferous Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, simplicity is a valuable life tool, as is moderation.

    I read "The Three Pillars of Zen" in 1968, first tried meditating in 1970, found it helped me while painting. Started Taekwondo in 1973, was introduced to a Korean Zen Taekwondo monastic group that utilized martial arts practice as moving meditation, like Soto Zen where the practice is part of all of your daily life. Those monks could do some amazing things.
    When I began to get phenomenal results in ring fighting and power breaking, calming my anger and tolerating others using Zen techniques, I started referring to myself as a Buddhist. That would be in the early 1980's.

    Not religion, but lifestyle choice based on practicality. I figure life is like an old - styled printer ribbon - once, then done. I wish to enjoy my time here as much and as long as I can, maximize positivity and minimize negativity.

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    oh yeah - it is really wonderful to be able to empty your mind instantly and just be in the moment. That gives me a feeling of great power over myself and through that over any situation I am in.
     
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  18. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    My mother's cauliflower casserole: beak into florets. Cook until just fork-tender. Drain; layer in casserole dish, sprinkling each layer with salt and black pepper, add generous dabs of butter, alternating with layers sour cream. Top with sour cream, then a layer of lightly fried breadcrumbs. Bake until crusty brown on top. Serve as a side dish.
    For main course, you can layer in veggie ground round, or *ugh!* hamburger.
    Bonus: can do the same with kohlrabi (cut like French fries).
     
  19. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Great metaphor! (Except, I was poor enough to flip and rewind my typewriter ribbons. D'you think, for poor people, there can be a rewind of life?)
     
  20. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    I agree. Live in the moment (plan for the future however).
    You can learn a lot from animals. It's a sad subject when you have a pet that is dying you realize that you are the sad one, they are living in the moment and that's probably for the best.
     
  21. parmalee peripatetic artisan Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah, I went to the market today and it felt good to finally put my extensive Navy SEAL training to good use. I went dark at 0900 and self-extracted at 0945. Zero casualties sustained.

    First time in three weeks and they still don't have toilet paper or flour. No corn tostadas either and that really annoyed me. It's a sizable market and it was fairly busy, yet I seemed to be the only person buying a large quantity of items. Everyone else had like 4 or 5 items and they weren't hardly proper food. Aren't we supposed to be minimizing such trips right now? I don't get it. I don't plan to go back for at least another three weeks, yet most people hardly had a meal's worth even of whatever crap they were buying.
     
  22. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Maybe they stocked up in the previous panic?
    We missed a few things on the earlier trip - mainly because the store was already stripped of pasta, rice and dry cat food. Still no cat food: next trip, I'll try the farm supply store. Need veg seeds, too.
    Correction: the next surgical strike is on the liquor store.
     
  23. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Americans have a hard time following rules, it seems. Much respect to Australia that seems to be leading the charge in lockdown and following the rules.
     

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