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Silver linings to WFH

October 4, 2020

I had to swing by Google’s offices last week to pick up a device for prototyping. It was nice to see Google’s campus again. I miss our building; we didn’t even get to enjoy it for a full year before we had to abandon it! It was also depressing. The campus was empty and lifeless, when it used to be bustling with people and full of energy. I saw maybe three people wandering around, and one of them was a security guard. It made me miss seeing all my coworkers and having face-to-face conversations.

But hey, working from home all the time does have a few silver linings, right? It’s been over six months since I’ve worn socks (when I haven’t been running or biking). Same for pants; I’ve been in shorts since at least April. I bought a pair of hair clippers in May, and I’m pretty sure I’ll break even after my next home haircut. After that I’ll be saving money. And we’re already saving on car washes, having bought a sprayer for our hose in June. And I can wear a wider variety of my wardrobe to “work”, since I don’t have to worry about getting clothes sweaty from biking into work (we won’t talk about the exercise I’m not getting since I’m not biking to and from work).

The benefit I might be looking forward to the most is coming up. Since I prefer running in the afternoon and evening to running in the morning, I usually end up having to run in the dark with a headlamp starting in November. This year, though, I can just shift my work schedule and go running in the late afternoon and then just work a little later. So yes, I’ve been stuck at home for the last six months and for the foreseeable future. But at least I don’t have to go running in the dark this year.

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