I'm not going back to the office

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by blowtorch, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. BigDaddyLH

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    I mentioned this before, but the person we're most envious of is our younger daughter. She's starting Uni (online), but since her plans to backpack around Europe this summer were scuttled, she and thee (or four) friends are renting a cabin on Salt Spring Island (in the Canadian Gulf Islands) and they will all "attend" Uni from there.

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  2. nojazzhere

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    Not trying to sound like some wise guru of enlightenment or anything, but I've experienced a number of personal, earth-shaking, world-altering events in life, some of which I truly believed were going to be the "end" of me....and none of them by my choice. In EVERY case (with the passage of time) I came to realize it was the BEST thing that could have happened to me......no exception. New doors and possibilities opened up for me.....new career opportunities, new personal relationships, even new living locations. I honestly hope and pray this is the case for all you guys affected by "things". The world has always "changed", and today some of those changes are coming fast and furiously......I hope everyone can successfully roll with the punches. ;)
     
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  3. Toto'sDad

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    I had to make changes when I was fifty years old because I was simply getting too old to be a heavy hauler. Everything that goes on and off that those trailers you put there, and take it off. All the rigging is something you do, falling off of something fourteen feet high isn't too bad at thirty, even forty, but at fifty it hurts for days, even if you don't break anything. When I made the change, I changed completely to a completely different field. I brought a lifetime of experience to my new job, and I HAD to make it, I didn't have a choice. I was very fortunate that my last job, was my best job. I enjoyed it, made good money, and learned to do some things that allowed me to get situated for my retirement, which I have enjoyed very much. Had I continued in my old line of employment, I would most likely not have made it to retirement. Sometimes the winds of change fill your sails, and you go places you never dreamed of.
     
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  4. 1293

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    I haven't been back to the office since security escorted me out in 2012.
     
  5. blowtorch

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    I did hear that, bad call IMO
     
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    Two relatives and a good friend are retiring "early" before the order to go back to the office.
     
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    BT if you do not go into the office does your secretary come to your house ?
     
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    From my vantage point of today, I can look back to perhaps my lowest ebb, where I woke up one morning in a Jail cell up in Northern California. My first recollection of the event was that of watching an ant crawl across the floor trying to surmount a crack in the cement. When I took stock of myself, I began to wonder where I was, and how I got there. Then a more startling realization dawned on me, I didn't know who I was. I would learn later that my temporary amnesia was the result of having blown between dead drunk and dead on the meter, and the ensuing blows upon my head with a baton from my disagreeing with the results, and the manner in which they were arrived at.

    After about five weeks I then found myself standing on a corner outside of town where a well meaning deputy had given me a ride to, with my thumb in the air, hoping to catch a ride in either direction, my belongings were in a brown paper sack. Somehow I felt kind of at home out there on the road, only my daddy was missing from this scenario. I did figure about that time, I had better try and find a better course to follow in life. Alas, it would take another lesson or two before I finally righted my ship. Change for the better is not often easy, while change for the worse is easily obtained. Sometimes though, you just get lucky!
     
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    The "service" has suspended housecalls ;), for the time being, and I feel that to be reasonable :p
     
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    This is quite the subject....my daughter is loving working from home which means she doesn't have to fly to Seattle for a few days every other week. It is a huge savings for corporations. But what about all the support businesses for these workers...the one That comes to mind is all the little mom n pop lunch businesses In the business district. It will be interesting because a lot of these jobs are going to stay virtual and the office footprint will shrink massively.
     
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    OK, TD.......I will NEVER claim that any of my "world changing" experiences can measure up to yours, especially losing your son. ( :() The only reason I mention that is because I will never see a "bright side" to that kind of tragedy. I've also never been to jail, ridden the rails like you and your dad did, or some of the hair-raising tales of OTR adventures you've had.
    But, I can still sing the blues every once in a while. ;)
     
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    Secretary. I kind of remember them from the time before you typed all your own stuff and arranged your own meetings and arranged your own travel and shipped your own packages. Secretary. Had almost forgotten about them like snow days and pension vesting and vacations when you couldn't be reached.
     
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    That's self-decided ;)
     
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    I don't speak for TD here, but personally and in my experience, and also in my observation, there are things that you find the bright side in, or you allow them to destroy you.
     
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    What could she possibly learn at a university that she hasn't already figured out?

    Magna Cum Laude!
     
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    I wouldn’t work from home for a couple of reasons...

    For one thing, the nature of my job—onsite construction safety coordinator—just isn’t possible from my house.

    Second, while I love my wife and daughter, we all have a hard time working productively on projects unrelated to the household when the other(s) are present. My daughter and I can do so, but if you throw the Wife into the mix, all productivity stops...which is weird, because she’s a super-hard worker and home projects flow easily with her presence.
     
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    kinda wish I had the option to stay home to work as well, but the person who signs my paycheck has deemed otherwise.

    i will say that the drive to work is much more pleasant and has only a fraction of the stress from previous days.

    I hope quite a bit of this work from home stuff sticks, if only for conservation reasons. When things came to a full-stop here in H-town, the clarity in the sky was gobsmacking. Just an observation, not meant with polemic intent.

    I am beyond retirement age, but have been soldiering on, more out of helping the whole family - a few of whom have had significantly changed employment circumstances. Hate to say it, but just hoping to survive long enough to know what it's like to be retired. It's been a long haul.
     
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    This.

    I have a really great friend who says that all divorces are happy things. Because in the entire history of men and women, not a single good marriage has ever ended in divorce. Only the bad ones.

    I’d never really thought about it. But once I did, I had to agree he was right.
     
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  19. ale.istotle

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    I used to work remote 15-20 years ago when systems weren't as good. I'd get stir-crazy and go to the office (which didn't have room for me at the time) just to meet someone for lunch. It felt like I was missing out on something by being away.
    Now, my data connection is solid, most of my coworkers are remote or in other offices globally and there's no one there in my site so I don't feel like I'm missing anything. If we get to where there are reliable treatments or preventatives and the office gets to be active again I'll want to go back for some of the week just to see people. Absent that I'll just stay put.
     
  20. Matthias

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    I think I’ll be WFH more. I need a dedicated office though. My work/telecaster balance is suffering.
     
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