Have You Finished Your Home Work?
So, yesterday I "worked" from home. No, really. I did. I didn't go into the office. I "worked" from home. Dang, why can't I turn those quotation marks off? They make me look, I don't know, guilty or something, as if I spent the day surfing eBay and YouTube. I mean, I did, but I would have done that if I'd been at the office.
Wait, let me start again. Yesterday I telecommuted. There, that looks better. It looks official and high-tech. And if the truth is that my inspiration for, um, telecommuting came from looking out the window, seeing all the rain, and saying to myself, "Today's the perfect day for telecommuting," well that shouldn't diminish the contribution I made to saving energy and freeing up a seat on the Red Line. The wonder is that I don't do it more often.
There are reasons that I don't. My job often consists of making tons of phone calls and then waiting at my desk. I have a lot of notes at work that I don't feel like schlepping back and forth. Plus, I like being at the office. It makes me feel like a grown-up. I feel silly when I sit at home in a suit and tie. The main reason, though, is that I consider work and home separate spheres, as distinct as the sacred and the profane, the raw and the cooked. I like to keep them separate.
What about you? Do you have a job that allows you to work from home? Do you like it? Do you get as much done in one place as the other? Share your observations in the Commons Comments and take our insta-poll:
In Other News
I note that Belgian bank KBC still hasn't backed down. Is there anything Belgian that we can boycott? Suggestions appreciated. WMATA's Belgian problem came about as a result of AIG's collapse. Top execs at the insurance giant are in line to receive bonuses. According to Carol Leonig's story today, "AIG spokesman Nicholas Ashooh said yesterday that the company is desperately trying to keep top talent from leaving, and that giving them deferred compensation works as a carrot to keep them on board." To which I say: Let them go! These people didn't foresee that their own stupid actions would help bring down world finance--and have us beholden to the bloody Belgians? Forget the carrot, get the stick!
I peruse Fleet Street's finest so you don't have to. Researchers at Oxford University have compiled a list of the Top 10 Most Irritating Expressions. No. 10 is "It's not rocket science." No 9 is "24/7." Take a look and tell me if you agree with the rest.
A Cornwall woman divorced her husband after catching his character in the computer game Second Life having an affair. (Link may not be safe for work, depending on how your boss feels about topless avatars.) "I looked at the computer screen and could see his character having sex with a female character," said Amy Pollard, 28. "It's cheating as far as I'm concerned. But he didn't see it as a problem, and couldn't see why I was so upset." Said husband David: "Amy never did anything around the house. She just played World of Warcraft all the time."
From our science desk: Scientists have determined what makes the perfect Yorkshire pudding. According to the Times, "The Royal Society of Chemistry has decreed that a Yorkshire pudding must be no less than four inches (10cm) if it is to be worthy of the name; any less, and the dish cannot be properly said to have risen." There's a recipe too, which I'll have to try.
And for anyone who ever said to themselves, "My life is lacking. If only I were able to gaze upon the facial hair of the man who wrote 'The Origin of Species,'" your prayers have been answered. Bits of Charles Darwin's beard are going on display at London's Natural History Museum.
It's Friday, which means it's chat day. Join me at noon for my weekly online discussion. Post your questions and comments now or drop by then.
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