Encroachment.

Ever-present errands, miscellaneous and sundry things to do and even erratic weather all tap into “walking time”… well, they said it would rain this morning and it didn’t, so off I went to the allergist, Good Shepherd Church for my April candles and then walked the church block three times to sneak a quick mile and a half in before heading home and getting Buddy up, cleaned and fed and heading to “work”. “Work” is now defined as remoting into my desktop at the law office where I physically worked from February 1, 2003 until four years today. It was April 9, 2009 when I last sat in my secretarial chair at 5600 Stroh River Place in Detroit. Sometimes it seems like yesterday and sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago – it was a different life that existed then to be sure. I had a regular 9-5 job and now I work solely from home. People ask if I miss the camaraderie of an office or the routine. Nope – it does not bother me to work from home and I have Buddy for company, so it is not as though I lead a solitary existence. I speak or e-mail with my boss throughout the day. I do not miss the commute, the inconsistent people I rode to work with who became more unreliable every day so half the time I was forced to ride the bus which service deteriorated more every year. Since I didn’t work in downtown proper, I needed to take two busses each way to work. Half the time the City busses were late or a no-show, so often I took a taxi from Stroh Place to downtown – a one-mile walk, but in searing heat or a driving rain and no DOT bus, there were no other options…$10.00 one way. Now, I simply plunk myself down at the laptop and no commuting hassles. It allows me to be a bigger “Winter Wienie” than ever because I hate to drive in the Winter, so now I pick and choose my days to even embark on errands in the car. I am content with my work arrangement … it is a part-time job; no room for luxuries, but I do not want for anything anyway. People cannot understand that I don’t want TV., newspapers or magazines. I don’t need them. I have the Internet and everything you could need, want or desire can be found on the web … what more could anyone want? I don’t waste time on clothes, make-up – it is now the real me and what you see is what you get. (Smile) I was too vain back then anyway. For now I have my health and that is the most-important thing in the world. Having lived with my mom and her many medical problems, I have never taken my good health for granted. Good health is a gift … cherish it. Yes, life is good.

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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