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Why working from home sucks 
12th-Nov-2009 11:12 am
Fizzgig! - velvetsteel
Yesterday: Lost entire workday due to child being home from school.

Today: Losing any parts of workday that require concentration (read: most of it) due to people fucking DRILLING into my SIDEWALK.

Because midday is considered ideal for that, because most people are away from home then.

<--- not most people, and not getting any work done, clearly
12th-Nov-2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Can you listen to music while you work? I've been creating several series of playlists on Pandora to combat that as I can also listen to it on my Blackberry and be mobile.
12th-Nov-2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Drill is overpowering iTunes. :( I really need noise-cancelling headphones...
12th-Nov-2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
These are what I use in the studio. And hey, this site is having a contest for a free pair.

The downside? They're a bit heavy. But they make noise GO AWAY.
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12th-Nov-2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
And yay for ADA compliance, but - is it so hard to notify residents the day before so they can plan around this crap? Argh.
12th-Nov-2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
I have an idea that really needs to be worked out:

You know how some artists pool their funds together and rent a studio?

Writers need to do the same thing. Imagine being able to "go to the office" and WRITE. Imagine being able to tell people, "I'm going to the office and won't be available for the NEXT THREE HOURS!"

Ok, yes, the caps indicate that I feel rather strongly about this. Heh.
12th-Nov-2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
For a while, there was a Work-From-Home Meetup in my city, and that would merge well with the Writer's Meetup that's still on-going...

12th-Nov-2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
That sounds fabuloussssss...
12th-Nov-2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I've been looking at local properties with EXACTLY this thought in mind. There's a thirteen-bedroom Victorian folly right down the road from me that would be perfect.

My capitalization shows how emphatically I agree with you.
12th-Nov-2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
12th-Nov-2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
That explains the cone, I suppose.
12th-Nov-2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
It can be just as bad if you're working in another facility. At the last building I was in, they tore up the concrete parking lot three times over the course of six months. I very nearly lost my mind.
12th-Nov-2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh hell yeah. At my last job, they were building an entire new building across the street for the entire 16 months I was there. Some guy's job was to sound this loud horn every time the crane was about to move, and he was VERY enthusiastic about this duty.
12th-Nov-2009 04:35 pm (UTC) - apropos of nothing
I have a delicious and very easy (and low carb) recipe for flaxseed meal fococcia bread. Would you like it?
12th-Nov-2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
On the flip side, they're not drilling at 3AM. (And before you say "that can't happen", consider what can happen if there's a broken water main involved.)
12th-Nov-2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Hah, I feel you! I work from home AND have my 2 year old at home all the time ... and morons who drill open the road at random times.
12th-Nov-2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
As someone who work an off-shift and needs to sleep during the day, I sympathize.
12th-Nov-2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
And to add ... some days working from home sucks because you are expected to work when sick. It's what I have been dealing with all week.

12th-Nov-2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
They used to start at 7 AM. Right outside my window!
12th-Nov-2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
You have my sympathies, since Wormtown is doing similar noise-makery.
13th-Nov-2009 12:09 am (UTC) - Yeah it does suck.
Especially with children or critters under foot.
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