YOUR HOME OFFICE OR YOUR OFFICE HOME

It’s no real surprise that folks are working from their domiciles. That is, people that can work from home. It’s quite understood that there are a lot of occupations that do require an in-person presence, such as the jobs performed by caretakers, those that work in retail, public service positions that range from law enforcement agents to first responders, and so on. However, this article will focus upon those that do have the capacity from performing “office”-type work assignments far away from a traditional office space. (Thanks for your understanding!)

Anyway, since this pandemic is already entering its second year to when things took its turn, people started to hunker down. Over the change of course, people began to work remotely. Beforehand, they would get up at some ungodly hour in the morning–sometimes before dawn or some other time of day that was considered as “too early” for them, got themselves ready for the day by going through what some would call their “s#it-shower-shave” ritual, then grabbing some form of “breakfast” (cup of coffee, a donut, a scoop of breakfast cereal, a piece of last night’s leftovers, or perhaps no breakfast at all), hop into their method of transportation (car, bus, subway train, bicycle, etc.) and fight the traffic in to order to get to their place of work. From there, they would spend eight, ten, or perhaps twelve hours of the day working all through that time at some location far(er) from home. They would have superiors (“bosses”) calling the shots of what has to be done, sometimes breathing down the necks of their employees, always presenting themselves as a friendly guide, an mild annoyance, or perhaps as a threat to their line of work. There is of course, the fellow workers as part of the office staff. Some are nice people to hang around with. Others are amusing for what they are, but never get any father from being a friendly face. And even there are some co-workers that are just there and nothing more. One may see them every time, but it would never go beyond any communication outside of something related to their work detail. Those folks are the “ghost workers” because you sometimes see them, and at other times, you don’t!

After a day of that form of fun ‘n excitement, then the morning drive becomes the evening drive, were once again one climbs into their method of transportation to head over to their post-work place of being. Yes, there is the “happy-hour” joint where one can wind down to tip a few cold ones with others, or sometimes by one’s self. One can grab a bit to eat somewhere with others or on one’s lonesome. Or for many, it’s time shlepping back to head home to take care of related matters from others las part of the home based family, or to just taking care of household chores and duties from cleaning, cooking, and maybe paper shuffling (Paying bills, etc.) Of course, there’s the consumption of video related content through a device that sports a screen for a couple of hours! Finally after all of that is said and done, it’s time to call it a night when for the next day, it’s time to repeat it all again! This form of being can also be called “SSDD”-Same s#it, different day!

The above written description can be described as part of an invisible TV sitcom episode that shows another slice of life as part of the domestic landscape, comical or otherwise. Although not everyone has gone through such an ordeal as described, many has experienced something similar to that effect. A few people actually enjoy this method that’s part of their standard day. Other may see it as nothing to write home about–so to speak! A few actually hate it and would trade it for something else–whatever that something else would be like!

When it comes to working from home, some people see that as something that they always desired for, but didn’t know how to achieve it let alone didn’t know that they could get it. Thanks to technology and other factors, people are starting to ramp up toward this idea. And according to a recent poll, a good majority of workers that can do work from home perform that task, and a few actually embrace it!

The folks at Gallop, the poll takers that’s been around for eight-plus years, recently released a report on the status of those that have been working from home since the pandemic started in March of last year. The report notes that among other factors, that 56% of American workers are working remotely all or part of the time. A slight increase of workers holds the desire to return back to the office, but most are not necessarily ready to do this, and almost a quarter of those (23%) that call their home space their office would be honored to remain remote if they are given that option! This choosing of staying away for good is taken by those that do have others living with them that needs their attention, such as parent figures that have those staying at home that are under aged (“kids”), those that cater to older people living within the same space (elderly parents, family members, or other peoples), for those that just hated to go through the above noted episodes of shlepping to and from the office dealing with bosses and co-workers, and other factors that make working away from home feel as “work”!

We suggest to read the report from Gallop yourself through the link at
https://news.gallup.com/poll/329501/majority-workers-continue-punch-virtually.aspx since it would be too much work for this writer to repeat those facts ‘n figures!

As for this writer? Yes, yours truly is currently working from home rather than through a remote location. This is because thanks to other factors ranging from the technology at hand to obtaining a rather minuscule amount of money through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program loan process (an ordeal into itself), I have been able to transcribe these weekly messages within the same place where I hang my hat. I even have a room that’s been a dedicated office space since I relocated to my joint almost twenty-five years ago. This “home office” is indeed an office looking space, complete with bookshelves decked out with videotapes (many of them covered with dust), a metal four-tier file cabinet, a desk complete with a typewriter that’s actually used on occasion, a desktop computer, a side laptop serving as a portal for remote work and that is connected to a high-def video camera for those ever lovin’ meeting through Zoom, a laser printer, a document scanner, and of course, shelves and spaces all loaded and decked with more trinkets and chachkies that I know what to do with! Many of these knickknacks I do hold sentimental value to, while others were collected from places and events I once attended. Some of these events I recall while others were long forgotten! Those little items may be dust collectors (the videotapes are one of them), but it makes an office at home seem like, well, home!

Once time will tell if the return back to the office will become a welcomed event or a moment that is to be dread. Whatever the case, just as long as the work gets done the way it should be done, then it really doesn’t matter where one slaves away, and even when one can pull the punches! If you can work on let’s say a weekend or at some off hour, then why not? I’ve written reports at 1:00 PM and at 1:00 AM. Of course, if one has to do things such as banking or dropping off/picking up dry cleaning, then one is forced to do the Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM standards. And best of all, one can write off their office space as part off one’s personal income taxes. However, it’s best to check your tax preparer and or the folks at the IRS for more details. Then again, you might even be doing your own taxes this season. Just remember the last dale to file is back at April 15th. But with the time you have working from home, you already knew that! Or did you…?

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) announced their nominations for the 9rd annual Academy Awards on March 15th.

The following titles and names received the nomination for the following categories:

Best Picture


The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)
Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)
Mank (Netflix)
Minari (A24 Pictures)
Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)
Sound of Metal (Amazon Prime Studios)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed-Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins-The Father
Gary Oldman-Mank
Steven Yeun-Minari


Best Actress

Viola Davis-Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day-The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby-Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand-Nomadland
Carey Mulligan-Promising Young Woman

Best Director

Lee Isaac Chung-Minari
Emerald Fennell-Promising Young Woman
David Fincher-Mank
Thomas Vinterberg-Another Round
Chloé Zhao-Nomadland

The awards program will take place on Sunday, April 25th at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 5:00 PM (PST)

For a complete listing of all nominations, visit the official AMPAS web site at
http://www.Oscars.com

On March 11th, The Golden Raspberry Foundation announced the nominations for The 41st Razzie Awards, presented the worst in feature films released within the 2020 calendar year.

The following titles and names received the nomination for the following categories:

Worst Picture

365 Days (Netflix)
Absolute Proof (One America News)
Dolittle (Universal)
Fantasy Island (Sony Pictures)
Music (Vertical Entertainment)

Worst Actor 

Robert Downey, Jr.-Dolittle
Mike Lindell (The “My Pillow” Guy)-Absolute Proof
Michele Morrone- 365 Days
Adam Sandler-Hubie Halloween
David Spade-The Wrong Missy

Worst Actress

Anne Hathaway-The Last Thing He Wanted AND Roald Dahl’s The Witches
Katie Holmes-Brahms-The Boy II AND The Secret: Dare to Dream
Kate Hudson–Music
Lauren Lapkus-The Wrong Missy
Anna-Maria Sieklucka-365 Days

Worst Director

Charles Band-All 3 Barbie & Kendra movies
Barbara Bialowas & Tomasz Mandes-365 Days
Stephen Gaghan–Dolittle
Ron Howard-Hillbilly Elegy
Sia–Music 

In addition to the standard award nominations, a special Governors’ Trophy will be presented to the year 2020 as “The Worst Calendar Year EVER!”

The Golden Razzie Awards will be presented on Saturday, April 24th.
A complete list of nominations is also viewable at http://www.Razzies.com. The Official 41st Razzie Nominations Video is also available at RazzieChannel.
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