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making the scene with the coffee and cream [Sep. 1st, 2007|03:25 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Check out the girl in the Harbor Tunnel
crawlin' to work six feet under
and the day has barely begun
They're all chewing gum
and laughing at the voice on the crackling radio station
Lead us not into Penn Station
'cause the best part's just begun
We're all becoming one again

It still hasn't worn off. I'm headed to New York for work from the 12th through the 15th, and, predictably, I'm excited. Chris underwhelm may never understand it, but I love going to the city. I like the ritual of the all-night, cross-country commute: PDX to Newark to the train to Penn Station to sidewalk to the 7 a.m. cacophony of sights and sounds and smells and colors and people. I feel optimistic and energetic when I'm there, as if anything's possible. And this time, I get to share it with Jesse jes5199! I've never gotten to share the experience with anyone before, except my former supervisor, and he wasn't really into sharing experiences.

I know it wouldn't be the same if I lived there, but I really do miss working in an office. I miss going to work.

I'm contemplating getting a CubeSpace membership. It seemed crazy at first: why would someone not only choose to work in a cubicle, but pay $250 a month for the privilege of doing so? But the more I think about it, the better it sounds. Just the side effect of having a reason to ride my bike for an hour every day is pretty compelling. And I'd be more likely to show up for all of the user group meetings that happen there, and I'd get to see more of fine people like Beth linettasky. There are other intangibles, too, that I never thought about until I started working from home. (Offices have break rooms; break rooms have newspapers and magazines lying around. If they're there, I'll pick them up and read them and learn things.) And, finally, as Beth pointed out, coffee's included in the price, and it's kind of embarrassing just how much of a difference that makes for me.

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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2007-09-01 11:33 pm (UTC)
Penn Station! holy shit! It's a real place!
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2007-09-01 11:34 pm (UTC)
(FoW played that song when I saw them a couple weeks ago, I nearly decided to pick my lyric-of-the week from it, but then got distracted)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-09-02 12:02 am (UTC)
After the first time I was there, I went back and listened to that album and was astonished by how many of the place names had now taken on meanings.

You have a lyric of the week?
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2007-09-02 01:43 am (UTC)
well, not exactly. I have a lyric on my info page, and I change it with my mood.
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From: boojum
2007-09-02 11:59 pm (UTC)
It's about five real places. There seems to be an Amtrak regulation that all train stations in the Northeast must be named Penn Station or Union Station.
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[User Picture]From: jes5199
2007-09-01 11:41 pm (UTC)
and on the office thing, it's been six months, and every morning when I wake up, my first breath is a sigh of relief that I don't have to immediately zip off to some miserable place.

'course, I spent my career avoiding break-rooms -- people in those places want to have conversations, and I hate that.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-09-02 12:01 am (UTC)
The typical break room is a place of horror, I'll readily admit. CubeSpace has a nice one, though.

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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2007-09-02 01:19 am (UTC)
Two hundred and fifty a month!? For that price, I hope the "free" coffee comes in a diamond-encrusted carafe.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-09-02 05:17 pm (UTC)
I think it's reasonable, with everything you get. Besides, this plus my $450 rent put together are probably still less than your half of your rent, right?
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2007-09-03 06:42 am (UTC)
My half of the rent used to be $550, but it went up to $750 with our new place 2 months ago. So yeah, $450 + 250 < what I pay now.

It seems to me that most folks would use CubeSpace because they want to work without distraction, which would result in sort of a "library" vibe, not really lending itself to office camaraderie (if that's what you're missing).

The pictures on their site just look horrid to me. I'd hate to work in a cube (not that I've ever actually *tried* it, heh). However, I HAVE done plenty of commuting, and I would never miss it.

But try CubeSpace. It might make you fitter, happier, and more productive!
If I were you, I'd try a day-pass or two before joining, or see if they'll let you come hang out for a bit to see if the vibe is what you're looking for.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-09-04 05:49 pm (UTC)
I've never actually worked in a cube, either. The office in Chicago didn't have walls, and I've been working from home since then.

I do want to work without distraction, but home is distracting. Work-type distractions are okay. It's hard to explain, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: idealisms
2007-09-03 07:31 pm (UTC)
My roommate Neil used to do co-working, but now he and Zack just rent their own office for their friends. It's about the same price and they have more control over the space.

I know Brad who coined the term, but oddly isn't currently using a co-working space.
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[User Picture]From: linettasky
2007-09-04 01:39 am (UTC)
...remind me to give you that free week coupon I meant to hand you last week. (Or come by any day this week after noon, and I'll be there and I can give it to you.)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-09-04 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think I will stop by.
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From: hiamanda
2007-09-07 05:38 pm (UTC)
Okay, if I get this right, you say you miss commuting to work, being in an office, and shitty office coffee? Yeah, I think you may have lost it, dear. :)

(Although, at the same time, I can understand your point. As much as I hated having to go to Detroit all the time with my old job, I always sort of looked forward to it because the office environment was all-around so much better than what I had in Chicago.)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-09-07 07:46 pm (UTC)
The coffee's good!

CubeSpace is an office that people voluntarily choose to go to. They have to make it a pleasant place to be, or they'll go out of business.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-09-07 10:23 pm (UTC)
I suppose you have a point there. The consistently-burnt Maxwell House they served at my work actually caused me to give up drinking coffee for a year and a half. Just thinking about it brings back traumatic memories...**shudder**
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From: hiamanda
2007-09-07 10:24 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that last comment was me.
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[User Picture]From: gorthx
2007-09-20 12:55 am (UTC)

cube space

I used to WFH all but two days every few weeks, because I lived about 1 1/2 hours from the office. My (now ex) husband informed me I was "getting weird" from the lack of social interaction. The upshot is I shared an office for a few months with a friend who also telecommuted. It did help me to have somewhere to go in the morning, and a place to leave "work" when I was done for the day.
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