41 thoughts on “November 18, 2020: Here To There”

  1. I suspect people will do a lot less of that, relatively speaking.
    Now that I consider it...I had an office but they used COVID as the opportunity to enact previous goals of eliminating those offices in favor of a command-center style setup where field leaders who find themselves in the home office just grab a workstation. I'm not sure what this means for me as someone who spends a majority of the time in the home office...if that's a hint I'm supposed to take, or what. But under those circumstances, if kids are at school, working from home would be a productive environment and might be a much more frequent arrangement.

    1. the growing assumption in California state service is that we will go to a hybrid model (e.g., 2 days on site, 3 days WFH). It also means that many state agencies will be looking to downsize their physical footprints. That will wreck havoc on the Sactown office rental market (even though the State owns a lot of square footage) and on the downtown restaurant/coffee house scene.

      And it will mean that many staff will lose their personalized space and have to shift to floater status or shared cubes. Which will be awesome. Because people love it sooo much.

      Not an issue for me, as I have an actual office. But it's gonna be a managerial and behavioral challenge.

      1. Anoka county has shut down several license bureau offices until at least December 11th because they have so many people out with COVID. Closed locations have drop boxes now for processing tabs and such. Anything requiring in-person transactions is by appointment only.

  2. I goofed up and published the November 19 birthdays today under the November 18 headline. I've corrected it and also posted the November 18 birthdays. As the November 19 birthdays are already up, there will be no birthday post tomorrow.

  3. Younger Daughter's Subaru is out of the garage and purring like a happy kitten but I am getting an engine fault code for high voltage in the knock sensor circuit. The knock sensor bolts onto the engine block near the cylinders and acts like a stethoscope, listening to the sound of each cylinder firing. Then it encodes what it hears as an electrical impulse and sends it to the engine control module (onboard computer). Voltages that are too high or low indicate fuel ignition is either too early in the stroke or too late in the stroke. But those conditions are usually indicated by pinging or knocking sounds in addition to the fault code, which I'm not hearing. The bad news is that the onboard computer can retard the ignition based on the knock sensor data and cause a loss of power, especially during acceleration. I didn't experience that at all on the test drive, so that's good. The other good news is that the most common cause for the fault code is a bad knock sensor. The bad news is they cost about a hundred dollars. The good news is that they're simple to replace, one bolt and one electrical connection. The bad news is you have to tear off the air intake box to get to it. The worse news is that if it's not a bad knock sensor, it's probably a bad ECM which costs about six hundred and fifty dollars.

      1. Being that there is no mardi gras scheduled for this year we decided to create the krewe of Sisyphus. Trust me, this connects. We're going to make a very large paper maché boulder that connects to the subie and drive once around the block tossing beads and etc at our neighbors. Shortest mardi gras parade on the books.

  4. I have a Book of Face acquaintance who is posting both complaints about Governor's latest COVID restrictions and photos from his current Vegas trip (at least his third since March).

        1. Printer, hope all is well

          The last sports jersey I bought was a bootleg Rubio. I currently wear it when mowing the lawn. My family finds this embarrassing.

          I somehow doubt him being back on the team will diminish the embarrassment they feel when I wear it.

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