Well I’m off the clock now so I can blog again. Whew!
No Poetry Break, again? you say? Well, I didn’t hear the Writer’s Almanac this morning on my commute to work, because my commute to work today lasted only the 3 minutes it took me to walk down the stairs to the living room.
That’s right: Today I teleworked. My spellchecker tells me that’s not a real word, “telework,” but I know better.
So how on earth did this miracle of all miracles happen, you might ask. The answer lies in … the power of blogging.
You see, my colleague — I’ll call him “Mr B” — is an occasional reader here at the House of Jello, and he was quite moved by a post I wrote called “The Oily Truth.” In that post, I wrote of my frustration with the bureaucracy of where we work, which stands in the way of living a “green” life. In particular, I wrote of the need to change our mindset about things like commuting and working, and be open to alternative ways of getting things done.
Mr B is a man of action. He’s also a man who adores the people and music of New Orleans, so this current oil disaster has hit him harder than some of us who have no connection with the Region. So Mr B — who has the ear of our boss on many a decision — went to said boss, and asked him to consider giving this a try over the summer. On the days where I am teaching online courses, let me teach them from home, rather than drive 40 miles only to close my office door and get on the phone all day — only to get back in my car and drive 40 miles back home again.
So today was Test Day One, and by all accounts, it was a success. The internet and the phone line held up, and the attendees were engaged and interested in the topic (Web Design Best Practices). Meanwhile, the work crew outside stayed up the street all day rather than jackhammer in front of my house, and Fritz only barked once.
The agreement is only that I do this every couple of weeks, but baby steps are baby steps. At least its movement in the right direction. With the temperatures here hovering around 100 degrees all week, I think everyone is acutely aware of the need for energy conservation and reduction of pollution. So maybe its time for some changing mindsets. And maybe this blogging gig has some value, after all.