Re: Questions about the work day for the Whirlers

Subject: Re: Questions about the work day for the Whirlers
From: Kelly Parr <kparr888 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:28:07 -0400

Working on the other coast, where traffic can be equally horrific, I used
to get up between 3:30-4AM so I could get my commute down to 45 minutes (in
almost no traffic). If I left home at any time between 6-9AM, it was
*guaranteed
*that my commute would doubleâeven triple in light rain or snow. I could
have started my work day later, such as at 10AM, but then I would have had
to park in the next city!

In those dark days, I left work at 3PM unless an afternoon meeting required
my attendance (rare). The 1+ hour I "gave away" to the company each day
became my learning time. I'd read a book on Safari Online or work through a
class on Lynda.com or similar sites.

At my current job, my commute is 12 minutes one way (15-20 in bad
traffic/weather). I now arrive at the office at 8AM, and leave by 4PM. I
can also work at home as often as I like, but I enjoy office dynamics so I
generally prefer to come in. Work/life balance is vastly improved, so I
hope I can hang onto this for a while. I am sure I'll end up with a bad
commute again at some future point in my career. The best jobs tend to be
in the city.

KP

On Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:08 AM, Hannah Drake <hannah -at- formulatrix -dot- com>
wrote:

> Ha. ha. Ha. except not funny to those of us who actually do work out before
> work, and volunteer at places like these. If anyone read this as a pissing
> contest then you read it entirely wrong. Someone asked a question, and
> people answered. CMIWW, but AFAIK nobody here said, "Well I get up earlier
> than any of you here and also do 5,000 other things." Some people have
> normal schedules, many don't. A lot of tech writers seem to work in the
> Silicone Valley, which -- wow, so surprising -- WOULD mean long commute
> times! And it would mean that you'd HAVE to get up early to be there at a
> respectable hour! Ohmygosh, did someone just use logic?!? Alert the media!
>
> Relax, people. You're getting all up in arms over nothing.
>
> On Friday, September 19, 2014, daverenn08 -at- gmail -dot- com <daverenn08 -at- gmail -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > I wake up at 2:30am. Then I run 20 miles. Then I volunteer at the
> > homeless shelter. Then I take care of my 4 babies and take my 7 children
> to
> > school. Then I walk barefoot uphill both ways 40 miles to the office
> where
> > I arrive at 6am, an hour early, for no reason at all. Then I leave at 8pm
> > after debriefing President Barack Obama about the Software Installation
> > Guide I authored that day(he still hasn't returned any of my calls
> though,
> > I don't get it.) Then I make my 40 mile uphill barefoot trek home, at one
> > point walking on a rickety bridge that passes above crocodile infested
> > waters. Then I go to the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation and hang out
> > with Little Timmy, a troubled youth who grew up with a neglectant father.
> > Then I volunteer at the puppy rescue shelter. Then I put on a black
> outfit
> > resembling a bat, ask Alfred, my butler, to cook my children dinner and
> put
> > them to bed, and then I fight crime in my city streets under the name
> > "Batman." Then I cozy up by the fire
> > and read US Weekly, and then I'm in bed by 1am. Then it's up and at em
> > again at 2:30am. Same routine for 42 years now... It's a rough life, but
> > somebody's gotta do it.
> > Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone
> >
> >
> > ------ Original message------From: Lynne WrightDate: Fri, Sep 19, 2014
> > 10:04 AMTo: Debra Kahn;Chris Morton;Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > <javascript:;>;Subject:RE: Questions about the work day for the WhirlersI
> > also find it odd how many responders seem to be kind of boasting about
> > having to get up before the sun, then devoting the majority of their
> waking
> > hours to working and commuting. Not a the kind of life I'd want.
> > -----Original Message-----From: techwr-l-bounces+lynne.wright=
> > tiburoninc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com <javascript:;> [mailto:
> > techwr-l-bounces+lynne.wright <javascript:;>=
> > tiburoninc -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com <javascript:;>] On Behalf Of Debra
> > KahnSent: September-18-14 5:06 PMTo: Chris MortonCc:
> > techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- comSubject: Re: Questions about the work day for
> > the WhirlersReally, guys, isn't this a "Quien es mas macho?" kind of
> > discussion? I get my work done in the time I'm at work and very
> > occasionally take work home.Deb K*Debra Kahn**, MA, PMP, CA-AM*
> > debra -at- dk-consulting -dot- co <javascript:;> *or *kahndebra -at- gmail -dot- comBusiness:
> > 970-541-0888h
> > ttp://dk-consulting.coTwitter: @dkconsultcoOn Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 1:44
> > PM, Chris Morton wrote:> Now I'm left wondering.... are you determining
> > when a good time to rob > us might be?>> ;<)>> > Chris>> On Thu, Sep 18,
> > 2014 at 7:40 AM, Cardimon, Craig > wrote:>> > I was wondering:> >> >> >
> 1.
> > When does everyone get up in the morning for work?> > --I have been
> > arising at 4 a.m.> >> > 2. If you drive to an office, how many miles is
> > your commute?> > --My drive is 20 miles to and from. It takes me an hour
> > and 20 > > minutes to get home after Labor Day. Less than an hour during
> > the summer.> >> > 3. How long is your work day?> > --Our official hours
> > are 8:30 to 5:30. I work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.> >> >> > Cordially,> >
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Re: Questions about the work day for the Whirlers: From: daverenn08 -at- gmail -dot- com
Re: Questions about the work day for the Whirlers: From: Hannah Drake

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