I listen to a lot of podcasts. I use the podcast app on my iPhone to queue up a whole slew of episodes and I just let it play. I play it in the car, I play it while I work, I play it while I’m cooking dinner, and so on and so on.
When I work from home I don’t use my iPhone. If a podcast is playing and my phone rings, the podcast keeps playing in my ear while I’m trying to listen to the person on the other end of the call. Tres annoying. When I work from home I either use my MacBook, or my iPad, or my iPod Touch… yes, I am King Apple Fanboy the First. After the work day ends I go in and edit my running podcast playlist on my phone so that it doesn’t try to play a podcast I’ve already listened to.
On Monday, the first day of social distance telecommuting, I didn’t listen to anything. On Tuesday I did. Just a couple of episodes (The Walking Deadcast and Grumpy Old Geeks) before shutting it down. I used my iPad.
Here’s the sad part of the story….
After I punched out for the day I picked up my iPhone so I could update the queue for the next day’s commute.
Meaning, I was setting it up for this morning’s drive to work.
You see the problem? There is no drive to work.
At my core I have still not accepted the changes our society requires from us. In my heart of hearts, yesterday was just another day. Yesterday was not a lock down to try and slow the spread of a virus that is going to fuck up our health care system and overrun our hospitals. The company I work for sells software to hospitals. The division I work in within the company supports new customers as they implement our software. Even before most of the tech companies around here started talking about keeping their full staff at home I was hearing that some of our customers, hospitals, were telling our training staff to stay away from them. They were implying that their lives were about to get really difficult and they didn’t expect to have time or energy to deal with anything other than their own patients.
This is real. Don’t you doubt it. Still… my tiny little wisp of a brain isn’t evolved enough to take that information into itself and impose a new, albeit temporary, reality onto the old reality.
Crud. This sucks.
Wash your damn hands and stay home.