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"Murphy was an optimist!"

They are more important October 4, 2006 6:50 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, Noah, Of Being Dad
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I am so stressed over my work that my head feels like it is going to crack. Noah wants to make blueberry muffins. I can’t argue with that. I love blueberry muffins. However, poor Noah needs guidance. Lots of guidance. He gets priority.

If you haven’t had a 10 year old boy yet, their brains don’t work.

The cooking lessons are fun. I enjoy watching him go through discovery. This morning I have had questions like:

"What’s a muffin pan?"
"Where’s our can opener? How do I use it?"
After getting the mixing bowl, "Where can I get a bowl to put in the ingredients?"

I had no doubt that one or two of the eggs would splat on the floor. One did. Learning to crack and egg is scary. I feel bad for him. He will have to go to school before these are done. This child moves in slow motion!

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1. AT - October 4, 2006

Time for a change, man. I don’t hardly know you, and I’ve been watching you kill yourself. Yeah, you keep bread on the table, and you’re not working for The Man, which is cool, but what are you missing? You’re home all day, but you sound so stressed that you’re not able to devote any kind of thought to being there.
I firmly believe in making the work me and the home me separate entities, and the work me doesn’t infringe on the home me.
Now GAC’s snickering because I said homey.

2. GoldenAppleCorp - October 4, 2006

That’s why AT taught our oldest how to crack eggs before his brain stopped working.
That boy can make some mean scrambled eggs.

3. djuggler - October 4, 2006

I have put some feelers out in consideration of returning to cubeville but getting back to corp after working for yourself for so long has turned out to have some challenging obsticles associated with it.

The stress is relative. I have taken on several miracle projects in a row and its worn on me. I need a few sane projects next.

Despite how it reads, I actually have a decent balance of family/work. As a huge advocate of the future workplace as being the homeplace, I fear writing anything that might suggest otherwise. I think in the next 10-15 years we will see tax cuts and other encouragements for people to quit going to an office to work. I think we will see more meetings by video conference and a movement away from hourly rates or predetermined salary to performance based commission models of pay.

4. AT - October 4, 2006

I wish I could share your optimism, man. I’m of the thinking that the workplace of the future will be whereever the corps find more profitable, and I don’t think that consideration of the well-being of the worker/family will be part of the profit equation.
I think the days of humanism in the workplace are ending.

5. djuggler - October 4, 2006

Ah! But I do think it will be cost driven. And I think a serious energy crisis will prompt it. I believe the government will encourage corps monetarily to have more home workers thus reducing commuting (and emissions). Less people in office buildings also means less energy consumption in lighting/hvac/etc. Greater bandwidth and walls with video showing your other workers at their desks will give to the illusion of the virtual office.

Just imagine that as part of your work at home agreement you install 4 streaming video cameras (1 on each wall) so the boss can look in, your coworkers could say “broadcast Doug’s workspace’s left profile on my right wall” suddenly Doug is your virtual cube mate. Place a conference call Doug plugs your right profile into his left wall and suddenly you are having a face to face conversation without ever leaving your seat. Scifi? No. That technology is here today!


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