Thursday, October 20, 2011

Doing My Home Work

By my count, it’s been 35 days of captivity in southern Indiana since the abrupt closing of the Sherman Minton bridge.

Thanks to an understanding employer, I’ve been fortunate to spend most of that time telecommuting rather than sitting in traffic. As a result, I’ve taken a crash course in the pros and cons of working from home. They include the following:

  • No longer have to shower, shave, brush my teeth or even change my clothes … at least until they invent a smellaphone.
  • Saved enough money on Diet Cokes alone to start a college fund, not to mention savings on gas, lunch and dry cleaning.
  • Caught up on the lost episodes of “Matlock” and “In the Heat of the Night.”
  • Private parking space.
  • Always have to answer home telephone in a professional manner, rather than with my Arnold Schwarzenegger voice.
  • Onslaught of Medicare advertisements during daytime television (except for the Anthem ads, of course, which are lovely, and I’m not just saying that because I know the people who put them together).
  • Trying to determine if fridge leftovers “are still good.”
  • Miss arguing (I mean discussing) sports with the guy in the lunchroom.
  • Attack of the telemarketers. (Where’s Tom Mabe when you need him?)
So it looks like a wash. However, based on my sophisticated weighting system, I’d say the pros outweigh the cons. Did I mention the bridges?

How about you? Have you ever worked from home? What pros and cons are on your list? 

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