Bought my old R32 back in 2018 after 9 years. IG @boomerang_r32
Practicing all of the above (sans alcohol for me, sadly, as it's screwing with my sleep, which is already screwed up enough right now). It's remarkable how virtual connections via FaceTime really buoy the spirits.
I can't help but thinking one thing that a lot of people may emerge from this learning is that we shouldn't take the connections with people who matter to us for granted. It's easy to get wrapped up in the 'cult of busy' and put off hanging out with people in person, letting texts/IG DM's/etc substitute.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
It's also what may keep a good deal of the population from contracting, and/or transmitting, COVID-19 as they are able to continue to work in self-isolation. Imagine if this had hit in even 2001, when nearly everyone still worked in a workplace? (Not to mention the even greater economic devastation that would come from having to shut down highly concentrated office buildings due to there being no other options.)
I have to say, it is nice to get out and about. I think it's ok as long as you are careful and keep the 'distance.'
I got an SOS call this morning from a buddy of mine; he works for the US government, was leaving his office in downtown Miami, his car wouldn't start, would turn over but kept dying. He asked to see if I could help; I've worked on his car before.
It was a beautiful morning for a drive, I enjoyed it. Never in years have I seen Miami traffic this sparse, it looked like the 1970's all over again. Really enjoyable ride.
I got downtown, it's about 40mins from my house. His office is a fortress but finally found him and the car. I played with starting the car but right away noticed the ignition lock was glitchy. It didn't feel right and he had, ''NO KEY'' showing in the MFI. I had brought my laptop with VCDS, so I plugged in and scanned the car. Took one look at the report, then told him he needed a towtruck to take it to the dealer. Immobilizer issue. I checked his FOB with my multimeter, but his battery in there was good. So it wasn't the FOB. Several faults found, but my guess is they'll have to pull the steering wheel and re-do the entire lock cylinder and re-code the keys. Or -- hopefully, it's not a bad ECU. Ouch.
We called the dealer, yes they were open and would take the car. Towtruck came, and off it went. I took my buddy home, he lives down in south Dade near me. Beautiful day out, sunroof open, very little traffic. Miami drivers actually being nice. For a change.
Great morning out and about. Needed that!
2014 CSG GTI
I’m working from home but had to set up a desktop computer the last couple days. Yesterday, I drove down to Sunnyvale from Redwood City to try and find dual monitors. Frys was completely sold out, same with Office Depot and Costco. Luckily, I found a couple monitors at Walmart. Lots of El Camino cruising in my Jeep WK2.
Today, I had to go to the office in SSF (we’re exempt)to grab some stuff. Took the Golf R. Got back home to RWC and realized I needed to do something back at the office. Another round trip. Later on I needed a VGA cable, which could only be found at Best Buy in Mountain View. Went back to RWC and realized the office scanner I borrowed was a piece of junk, so back to Best Buy Mountain View for a scanner.
So I drove all around the bay for a simple computer setup that I could of bought complete in one shot a couple weeks ago. Blew through a ton of gas, especially in the Jeep. Weird times.
Obviously not all jobs can be done remotely, but there are so many which can, but are not simply because of tradition and an antiquated ideology relating to productivity at home versus work.
Other jobs that have less structure allow people to dick around without being forced to prove you put in your time accurately.
We use Skype for Business and people treat your availability status as gospel. If it ain't green (available) or red (busy), you're slackin'!
That's when you tie your mouse to your oscillating fan at home.
Measuring performance needs to change, but so many companies are used to the older method, that they can't think of adapting to new ones.
For those jobs which are harder to quantify in terms of productivity, there are solutions to ensure they're productive. Speaking of which, people who would dick around at home do the same at work.
Whether some hourly jobs move to a contractor type scenario (maybe not popular at the moment), or a company needs to find a better way to manage them, but it's a viable solution if the effort is made. As the poster above said, it would actually open up the job market to those in areas further away, in some cases where they can pay less, proportional to Dept of Labor statistics, given the lower cost of living.
Regardless, if we can just stick to enabling those jobs which are easily quantifiable to work from home if not entirely, but at least 3 times a week, we'll be doing a huge service to the environment and the personal well being of everyone involved (less traffic, less crowded offices, less daycare costs in some cases, etc.).
What I'd like is the opportunity to work from home as needed because if given the option, I'd definitely want to be present at work for certain tasks. If we're having a design review, we're much more efficient all being in the same room and being able to use a whiteboard.
But on the days where I'm just compiling a report, I'm more efficient from home with fewer distractions and having background music play through speakers instead of headphones.
Last edited by swedesc; 03-25-2020 at 02:07 AM.
Good for you man, just hope you are doing it carefully for your grandma and keeping the social distance.
I lost mom a couple of years ago and dad before that. Mom was 92 and dad 94, so I'm glad it didn't hit back then or I would've been in full freak-out mode, as I was a critical link in getting them food and supplies. Dad was at a nursing home at the end and wouldn't have been able to see anyone at all, even Mom. Neither of them could Skype, and getting food to mom would've been an exercise in virus mitigation. I've come up with ways in my head to make her exposure as close to zero as I could, but that would've been frustrating to say the least.
I can't imagine finding out or figuring out later (or never knowing for sure) that I killed my own mother.
It's no different for strangers. Taking this seriously is seen as laughable by some, but anyone who thinks that is seriously deficient in some area or another.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park