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January 26th, 2005

Where Do You Work?

For my entire career, I’ve never had an office. Never! Have I wanted one? Oh, yes. The allure of having a fully-functional door, real walls, and – possibly – windows has tempted me from day one.

In my (new) current job, which I start tomorrow, I have no idea what I’ll have. My guess is either a cube or maybe a shared cube, the latter of which is clearly at the bottom of the totem pole. If I have an office, I will fall over. In a good way.

Where do you work? Do you have your own office, just a desk, or something else? Like an old door made into a desk?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday January 26, 2005 -- 9:28:48 am
I work in my home office when I'm not oout with clients.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday January 26, 2005 -- 10:37:06 am
I'm fortunate and have a nice office with a window. Though, when I started here I was put at a spare table in a conference room in the middle of the floor where everybody walked through. Then I was moved to a storage area where boxes were stacked to form a wall for me. Then I was moved to a closet that I shared with a co-worker that rarely worked and frequently fell asleep. Then I was moved to a window office next to the CEO. Then we switched buildings and I got my current office two doors down from the CEO in the generally quiet "corporate" side of the office.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday January 26, 2005 -- 11:20:45 am
I used to do construction and dreamed of an office job that would allow me to escape the sweltering heat. Then, I got an office job, but my desk was right next to the only A/C vent in the whole building. In the summer, I had to wear sweaters to work to keep from freezing to death.

Four jobs later, I now have my own office, computer, printer, window, art on the wall and custom interior paint work. Now that I'm stuck in there all day, getting pasty and tubby, I think, "Wouldn't it be nice to be outdoors working construction again, staying fit and getting a tan?" But the pay and benefits sucked, so chained to my desk I stay, pushing paper around instead of building materials.

I'd feel let down at the age of my office furniture, but no one here has nice stuff, anyway. We're too busy fighting over parking spots close to the building to worry about office comfort.

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday January 26, 2005 -- 12:11:16 pm
I have a wonderful, windowless office. The walls are covered with (mostly sf) movie posters. Princess Leia stands in one corner, and Elvis in the another.

I love my office.

FROM: Lorene
DATE: Wednesday January 26, 2005 -- 2:44:44 pm
I've never had an office either, and sometimes wish I had one, especially one with a door. Now in my job as a library assistant in an elementary school I actually have two desks, a little tiny one behind the check out counter where my computer is, and a much nicer one in the "back room", but I don't use it much, it's too "back-roomish", and all the network stuff is back there so you can't hear.

FROM: Alex
DATE: Wednesday January 26, 2005 -- 9:26:57 pm
I work in cube-central. Meh...maybe one day I'll get a step up to one of the offices that line the wall with windows.

Hey, I can dream right?

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday January 28, 2005 -- 1:48:50 pm
Monday thru Friday, I work in a minivan, driving around and reporting on traffic. Saturday and Sunday, I'm in a windowless box surround by enough electronics to kill me in a second, should water leak in.

Sound like fun!

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