I never met Emmitt but I sure did get a good laugh.
Thanks, Razzak. A good dose of humor is good at anytime of the day.

James Belisle

Making Information Systems People Friendly Since 1990
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From: rbase-l@googlegroups.com [mailto:rbase-l@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of 
p...@buckleyandassoc.com
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 10:39 AM
To: rbase-l@googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: [RBASE-L] - My first day in the Home Office (No, not in the 
British sense!)

Razzak,

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this. Like Karen said, I can hear Emmitt's voice 
as I read this. At times in my life where things are the most chaotic, and now 
is certainly one of those times, I often reflect back on friends lost. There 
have been far too many and sadly a great deal of them are R:BASE friends. But 
it warms my heart to read this and be vividly reminded of a good friend in 
Emmitt.

Take care everyone in this community as we all navigate uncharted waters. Stay 
safe and be healthy.

Thanks again Razzak,
Paul Buckley

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<rbase-l@googlegroups.com><mailto:rbase-l@googlegroups.com%3e> On Behalf Of A. 
Razzak Memon
Sent: March 25, 2020 9:55 AM
To: rbase-l@googlegroups.com<mailto:rbase-l@googlegroups.com>
Subject: [RBASE-L] - My first day in the Home Office (No, not in the British 
sense!)

To all:

This message is an off topic post from a gone but not forgotten friend to the 
R:BASE Community Emmitt Dove on July 5th, 2006, when working from home was more 
optional than the current environment.

Enjoy this blast from the past!

Razzak

-------------------------------

You may not know that today was my first day in my new home office. Being the 
opportunist I am, events at work transpired to make this possible, and I jumped 
at the chance. For those of you who think a home office is a bed of roses, 
consider:

The Awakening

I have one of those "atomic" alarm clocks that set themselves to the Naval 
Observatory and also display the indoor temperature and humidity. For the past 
several years my alarm has been set to 5:45 am. That allows time to negotiate 
two bridges under construction and still make it to work at a reasonable hour. 
So I decided I could take some of that time back.

Well, this clock has four buttons on the back - mode, mem, up arrow and down 
arrow. Intuitive, right? No amount of fidgeting with the blasted thing could 
get me to the set alarm time mode. The reasonable alternative would have been 
to consult the documentation. Oh, but where in blazes is the doc? Nowhere I can 
find it. So I did the logical thing and hopped online, went to the 
manufacturer's website, hit the clock section, went to the documentation 
download page. Now, where is my model? Not there. They have online doc for 
every other clock made in the history of Mankind, but not mine.

By this time it is getting late, so I decide to go ahead and hit the sack and 
deal with the clock another time. So could I get to sleep? No, I was to busy 
steaming over a piece of plastic and electronics that had failed to yield to my 
superior efforts. Turn the light back on ... fidget some more ... no luck. 
Light off. Light back on. Off. On. Finally, somewhere after midnight, I 
inadvertently hit some unidentified combination of buttons that put me into 
alarm set mode! For joy!

At 6:15 AM this morning the clock faithfully sprang to life and emitted its 
annoying chirping to wake me up. Off to a good start. After all, tonight I can 
make up the hours of sleep I missed last night fidgeting with the blooming 
clock. Note to self: just plan on awakening at 6:15 for a good long time.

Now to get going and get ready ...

The Brief Commute

No, not that kind of brief - I meant quick! I did run into some cat traffic 
between the food dish entrance ramp and the litter box exit. However, that was 
offset by the fact that there was no wife traffic (she's up in Newfoundland for 
a few days). The lack of wife traffic was fortunate, since there is only one 
"rest stop" along the way, and it can get jammed with wife traffic. The 
facility, such as it is, is a one-holer. (Note to Southerners: this one-holer 
is indoor, and has plumbing!) Naturally, wife traffic has the right-of-way. 
I'll have to schedule future commutes around this potential log jam.

The weather was nice - incandescent light with a background of filtered 
overcast. Even though it was raining steadily, the road was dry and I didn't 
need my wipers. The temperature was a comfortable
74.3 degrees and 61% humidity, according to the aforementioned undocumented 
electronic clock device. A gentle, cool breeze emanated from the east, courtesy 
of the Friedrich Corporation. Indeed, the trip was almost idyllic.

There was no wait at the breakfast place, but the selection was very limited. 
Strangely enough, there was cat traffic here, too. Note to
self: put groceries on the to-do list.

The coffee joint had just the blend I like, all hot and loaded into an 
insulated mug. Things were looking up, except for the cat traffic.

Even getting up half an hour later and taking the cat congestion into account, 
I still made it to work well ahead of my previous arrivals. As before, I 
arrived before anyone else and had to turn on the lights. But I'm accustomed to 
being first-in, and I really enjoy having some quiet time with my coffee, 
Doonesbury and RBG7-L before the others start showing up.

[later]

Hmmm. Was today a holiday? Where is everyone?

Lunchtime

After a morning of the usual emails and phone calls, noon rolled around. So I 
moseyed over to the local sandwich shop. Again, no wait, but an extremely 
limited selection. Note to self: I really must get to the grocery store soon!

The afternoon was filled with the usual brain-disengaged user support calls:

Caller: "Would you add these valuations for me?"
Me: "You can do it yourself."
Caller: "How?"
Me: "Click that button right in the middle of the screen
that says 'Add valuation'."
Caller: "You never told me I could do that."

Homeward Bound

Quitting time rolled around, so I hit the reverse commute. Funny thing, though 
- the phone kept ringing, so I had to keep turning around and going back to 
work! And, there was all that cat traffic again. Then, I discovered that if I 
opened the door the cat traffic disappeared! I'll have to remember that one. 
Note to self: The food dish entrance ramp is in need of attention. More 
groceries!

But, somehow, this is better than 30 miles each way that can turn into over an 
hour on two major highways with even more major construction and untold numbers 
of out-of-staters in a big hurry to get out of this state and into some other 
state.

I guess I can get used to it.

And, upon reflection, I miss the wife traffic. Now, where is that cat?








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