What’s on the iPod: I Met Him on a Sunday by Labelle and Laura Nyro
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Dare I even think I’m catching up with over a month’s worth of work? I’d be giddy at the notion if it weren’t for my recent history of seeing a planned day off turn into a 10-hour marathon. Yesterday was fruitful, albeit full of little interruptions. I had phone calls to make that had nothing to do with work, and that chewed up a bit of time. Then the writers group was coming here, so I had to break down and clean something. I made some dips and ran to the store for chips and veggies, too. Then back to this chair to make some headway on a project.
I had a chance to visit Urban Muse blog and All Freelance Writing. There’s a common theme, one I was just thinking of posting about (I still will, but in fairness to Susan and Jenn, I’ll let you know I’d read their posts, too). It’s where you work with or without an emergency.
Yesterday, my Internet went down for a few hours right about the time I was expecting a rush job from a client. Even the cell phone wasn’t picking anything up. It wasn’t my router — it was Verizon. My daughter’s company was without Internet for that same length of time, and she works about eight miles from here.
So I had a choice — rush out to a coffee shop, library or other WiFi-enabled place, or find something else to do while it was down. I opted to stay home. I had projects that I could finally get a leg up on thanks to no electronic distractions, so I plugged away at them. Then I took a break and made a Thai dipping sauce for the writers group meeting. And took a phone call. And made a few phone calls.
In essence, I avoided free WiFi intentionally. The reasons, which will echo what you’ll see on Susan’s and Jenn’s blogs, are these:
Adapting to the laptop. I love a full-sized keyboard on a keyboard tray with plenty of room to spread out. And I’m used to my keyboard, so any time I have to start using the laptop, it’s like trying to re-learn algebra or speak Italian. I can’t with any ease or grace.
The noise is just too much. When my husband worked from home one day, he kept saying “What was that?” to noises I’m completely oblivious to. That’s me when I’m sucking up the free WiFi at Burger King – they have that television going and I just can’t stop watching even if CNN repeats endlessly the same damn thing. The worst noise ever? The library. I’ve heard quieter train wrecks.
The lack of thought. Panera, can I just tell you that two electric outlets for 15 people trying to use their laptops is not adequate? Maybe you’re trying to tell us to go home, but how about just not offering the free WiFi? It’s like offering a sale on shoes and having only one pair in stock. The same goes for every place that doesn’t consider the needs of the electronic crowd. Oh, and local coffee shop? I love you, but I hate that you have a firewall (or a guy with a firewall on his computer) that knocks me off the Internet every five minutes.
The sore neck/arm/wrist. It’s just not that comfortable sitting in a big, cushy chair or on a well-worn sofa. At first it feels great, but then your leg starts to get numb or your foot falls asleep or you have to shift six times because your neck is straining or your arm is getting sore and your wrist is starting to ache….
The files are at home. I have yet to transition all my files over to my LAN, SkyDrive or Google Drive, so what I need to work on is here. I’m okay with loading it on to a zip drive, but it’s just one minor hassle that has me thinking home is where I should be.
How often do you work away from home?
How do you overcome the free WiFi glitches and roadblocks?