It’s the first truly warm spring week in Bend. I’m itching to be outdoors, but deadlines are oblivious to the weather report. Time to move rg coleman communications HQ to the grounds outside the Pine Cone Lodge.
There’s too much screen glare to work from the patio table on the backyard deck, but the Airstream makes a perfect indoor/outdoor office.
A new solar panel powers an inverter for the MacBook to plug into; iPod and Pandora supplies the mood music. Wifi from the house just barely reaches the DWR in the driveway, so I supplement with a tethered iPhone for connectivity.
During breaks I can sit in a plastic Adirondack chair outside the trailer, drinking decaf and watching poor Ralph dig holes on the property to accommodate the truckload of (theoretically) deer-resistant plants that arrived this week, and contemplate the Advantages of Working in an Airstream Office:
- It’s the best of both worlds: One maintains the clean fingernails of a white collar desk job while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine of an occupation outdoors.
- Dressing for work boosts self esteem: Commuting across the driveway in broad daylight, in view of passing joggers and neighbors retrieving their newspaper, necessitates that I change from pajamas into actual “clothing” (meaning socks, hoodie, and matching sweatpants).
- Psychic separation of work and play: At day’s end, slamming the Airstream door and walking “home” puts the workday in the rear view mirror in a more tangible and symbolic way than just shuffling downstairs and opening the liquor cabinet.
Further tips or suggestions, anyone? Can I get an amen? Have you converted your RV into an at-home office?