Winter Wonderland. 1/28/2009
Yesterday, we got some snow. I "worked" from home due to the hazardous conditions, but probably half of the employees at my work went in. Today, the weather was even worse, but I went in to work anyway. Everything in sight was coated in a thick layer of ice, then covered in snow. The roads were horrendous. The fastest I hit on the highway was 35 mph despite there being no traffic to speak of. I was sliding a lot - even on the straightaways - and it was a little terrifying. However, I made it safe and sound and found that four other people were in the office. After about an hour, two of them had left and a third was on her way. One coworker even offered to drive me home, but I wouldn't have any way to get back in the next day, so I gratefully declined. It soon became clear to me that nothing was going on, so I decided to leave. The trip home was not as bad. The roads were slightly better, and there still wasn't any traffic for most of the trip. In retrospect, I definitely should not have gone to work. So why did I?

The first reason is because I overestimated the number of people in the office. The place is old-fashioned to an extreme. I did not expect many people to stay home, and the concept of "working" from home seems too "new" a concept for the president to accept. And the president would come in to work during a tornado. So anyway, I did not know how acceptable it was to "work" from home twice in a row.

The second reason I went is because "working" from home just feels cheap to me. I don't like it. Before you say "WTH!?", let me say that it's extremely convenient and relaxing and not having to drive is wonderful. However, it feels like an exploit in a video game: it's not how things were intended to work, and the more people that discover it, the more difficult things will become. And it feels like cheating to do it. Luke was telling me about some survey or whatever that showed that people were actually more productive at home than in the office. However, I don't buy it. I think it takes an extraordinary amount of dedication and self control to force oneself to work when there are more fun things available and no one will know if you do them. I know that I definitely am not more productive at home. I horking played Fable II for about eight hours yesterday while I was "working" from home. I didn't have any actual work to do (even if I had gone in) but it still felt cheap. Also, a lot of my friends work from home frequently which bugs me, and doing it myself feels like I'm giving in. Anyway, I'm home now, since the office was deserted.

If you will recall one of my previous posts ("The wrath of taco bell") I hate awkward situations with no good outcome. Today, Mike W. and I went to lunch at B-Dubs, and he wanted to stop at Kroger for some groceries. The readers might also remember that I do not like going to Kroger. Nevertheless, I went in because I decided to pick up some junk while I was there. However, it became clear to me that Mike W. was going to get way more than me. I finished shopping and checked out, and then realized I was in another awkward situation. What was I supposed to do while I waited for Mike W. to finish shopping. Was I supposed to stand there by the door holding all my junk? Go out to the locked car and stand there awkwardly? Walk backwards through the checkout line carrying all my groceries and just walk around awkwardly trying to find Mike W.? I simply could not think of any non-awkward way to wait for him to finish. In my typical style, I won't say what I did, but I'm interested to hear what people would do in a situation like that.

6 responses to "Winter Wonderland."

    1/28/2009 6:57:25 PM
I would have waited for him to finish getting his stuff before checking out.
    1/29/2009 8:57:02 AM
I would have planned ahead, brought my laptop and would have started working from Kroger. If you don't like workin' from home maybe you'd be more productive in a grocery store. Or I would have done what Nate said.
    1/29/2009 9:21:48 AM
I also think I would have realized what I was about to get myself into before checking out. But, if I had forgotten, I would have just called him and told him to come give me the keys - put my junk in the trunk, and come back in and walked around with him till he was done. On the working from home, I flippin love it. It really depends on what kind of work you're doing, because a lot of the time the work can be done more easily and more efficiently if you are present and able to have face to face conversations instead of conference calls and emails. On the other hand, if you are working on something that doesn't require much outside interaction and will keep you busy all day, working from home is where its at. My lazyboy at home is WAY more comfortable that the chairs at work, there are absolutely no forced distractions at home, you don't have to go somewhere for lunch, and there is no commute time. It certainly takes the right circumstances, but working from home can be amazing.
    1/29/2009 10:16:03 AM
Unfortunately, I had already checked out before I realized what was going on. I suppose calling Mike W. and getting the keys could have worked. And I just want to clarify that I do like working from home in that it is relaxing and there's no commute. But I don't like it because I feel like I'm "cheating."
    1/29/2009 11:05:49 AM
Since you had checked out I go with calling and getting the keys, putting stuff up and going back in. If in the situation again (which I don't recommend)--don't check out and kill time looking at magazines or something. Going to the grocery at the same time as someone else always sucks so just don't do it. The lady that sits next to me has worked from home for the last three days. This means that she's emailed me a lot to do stuff for her. And man, she writes the worst emails ever (in one I had to have one of my co-workers look over it with me AND we had to call her before we could figure out what the hell she was talking about).
    1/30/2009 11:00:54 AM
I would have just walked home with the stuff since you live so close. Is Mike still banned from the site?

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