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Thoughts For Thursday: Borrowing Wifi, Working In An Office, and A Strange Sighting on the Freeway

August 18, 2011 · 57 comments

in Life, Thoughts For Thursday

My thoughts are pretty darn small this week, so I am going to combine small thoughts into one post.

Thought One:  I Miss Working At Home!!

The last few weeks, I have been forced to drive in to the office and work in the mornings.  (As opposed to working from my couch in the morning.)  I accepted my plight and figured it wouldn’t be that bad.  However, combine working in an office with doctor’s appointments, driver’s training drop off and pickup, and volleyball practice, and that leaves me with zero time to do all the things I need to do.  (Like read other blogs for instance, and cook dinner. Oh, and clean…)

Today I was able to work from home because of an early appointment, and it was wonderful.  I felt ‘at home’, which makes sense since I was actually at home.  Anyway, I realized even more that I need my routine.  I truly am like a toddler that needs a set schedule, and quite possibly, a daily nap.  I am not sure how much longer I will be forced to be dressed and ready to go at 7:30 A.M., but I am hoping it won’t be more than a couple more weeks.  I am sure that those of you that get up and do this everyday want to smack me in the head. I know I am spoiled, and even spoiled people can complain.  (That is, when they have a blog on the internet and nobody can stop them from typing whatever they want.)

Thought Two:  Smoking In the Starbucks Parking Lot

The other day, I was typing away in the Starbucks parking lot because I didn’t feel like going inside the cafe to freeze to death.  (Yet I needed the wireless connectivity.  Pretty pathetic, I know.)  While sitting in my car getting some fresh air, a couple came out of Starbucks with full drinks in hand, and they sat in the convertible next to me.  As soon as the drinks made it into the cup holders, the chain smoking began.  Whatever… I can’t complain.  They are banned from smoking inside, so they will enjoy their drink in the car outside with their friends Marlboro and Lucky Strike.  What got me a little unnerved though was the constant coughing that started up in the car next to me after about 5 minutes of smoking.  It sounded like that awful smoker’s cough, and I just kept wondering why they continued to smoke when they had physical evidence that the smoking was not doing them any good.  There was a slight break in the smoking action when the couple walked to Rite-Aid, only to return with new packs of cigarettes.  The smoking and coughing continued another 20 minutes until they finally pulled away.  Watching and listening to the couple, I felt even more grateful that I never even started smoking, let alone got addicted.

Thought Three:  A Unique Sight On the Freeway

After loitering around the Starbucks, I picked up my daughter from volleyball and took the freeway home.  My daughter and I were just chatting when a motorcyclist drove past me.  I just casually glanced over at the motorcyclist when I noticed his shirt was blown up quite high from the wind.  Not only did I get to see this man’s back and stomach, but I also got to see the not-so-concealed gun that was tucked into his jeans!  I couldn’t believe it- I pointed it out to my daughter and she screamed.  I wasn’t scared or anything, just really surprised.  Believe it or not, I had never, ever seen anyone carry a gun outside of law enforcement.  (And the McDonald’s security guard.)  I just kept thinking “what if the gun fell out of his pants and discharged, or hit a windshield?”  Of course, my brain also traveled to the thought of him actually using it on someone driving by, so I stayed back a bit.

Do you have any miscellaneous thoughts to share?

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Holly August 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

That motorcyclist very well may have a police officer, just not in uniform; they are by law permitted to carry a firearm whether in or out of uniform.


Car Negotiation Coach August 18, 2011 at 10:42 am

Kris, That’s funny because just last week the same thing happened to me in Philly (seriously!). I was driving on the highway and this motorcycle was weaving in and out of traffic….his shirt was blowing up and you could see he was packing heat tucked into his pants. Needless to say I gave him a wide berth!

…and it definitely was not a cop.


Heather August 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Perspective is funny – I went from full time teaching (I’d LOVE to need to leave the house as late as 7:30!) to part time teaching, and suddenly I have time to breathe. It’s easier to make appointments and get things done that are on the “to do but not urgent” list.

As far as smokers and evidence … millions of people keep eating, despite physical evidence that it’s not serving them well. Addictions (and habits, for that matter) tend not to be rational…

My misc thought is that people should RSVP when they are invited to something!!! My baby shower is next weekend, and 25 people haven’t responded. Grrrr….


MoneyCone August 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Carrying a gun (unless your job requires it) is a bad idea in my opinion. You should’ve reported him.

What can I say about smoking – it’s a free country, free to even slowly kill yourself.

I know the withdrawal symptoms when you go from working-from-home to working-away-from home! Takes a little time to get used to Kris!



Kris August 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

MC, I hope I dont have to get used to working on the office. I just keep thinking it will be over soon, but only time will tell.

Regarding reporting the gun man, I knew it was legal to carry a concealed weapon in Michigan. However, the thought of reporting jim didnt hit until I was already home. I was so surprised that I was just thrown off guard I guess. Next time I will call the police though.


101 Centavos August 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

It could be possible as Holly said above that the motorcyclist was an off-duty cop. If he was a concealed carry permit holder, the “reveal” was quite imprudent and ill-advised. In fact, most people with CC permits are very careful to not show or “print” their hanguns. In some states, showing the weapon like you described may be interpreted as brandishing, and subject to having the permit revoked. I’ve also on a couple of occasions observed people of a certain criminal bent (and not likely to hold a CC permit) be very nonchalant in carrying a weapon.

So, likely the motorcyclist was either a cop, or stupid, or a criminal (or a stupid criminal).


Kris August 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I guess i have no way of knowing if this guy was a cop, criminal, or had a concealed weapons license, but I was really surprised to see that gun. On the other hand, given the crime rate of Detroit, I kind of assume that many are carrying guns. I knew a guy that was new to the area. He was so nervous driving through Detroit that he always brought his gun with him if he did have to go somewhere in the city.


First Gen American August 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I had to go back into the office for a year and I hated it. I couldn’t wait to get back out into a role that didn’t require me to go into a cubicle every day. I’m very manic with the way I work and it’s just not conducive to an office environment. At least if my brain isn’t responding to me commanding it to think, I can go make a cup of tea or go throw a load of laundry in.

Life is chaotic. It always has been for me. If I start feeling bored I just fill it back over capacity again. I’m kind of nuts that way.


Kris August 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Having the conveniences of home is a wonderful thing!


Money Reasons August 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm

In college, my roommates and I learned that the farther from the college campus we rented, the cheaper the rent was. We got so far back that we started blending in with non-students. That’s when one day I looked out the window and saw a couple of younger kids with guns pointing and aiming them as practice. It was quite odd. Needless to say, I decided to move out shortly there after…

You’ll have to start to bring a sweater to Starbucks 🙂


Kris August 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

That must have been unnerving seeing thise guns back in your college days. I remember a bust going down a few doors down when i was a kid, and I was fascinated. All these FBI guys stormed the house and dragged the guy out that was living there. However, the FBI is supposed to have guns, whereas in your case, people shouldnt be having target practice in a residential area.

I usually do have a sweater in the car, i dont know what happenned that day!


Linda August 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I love telecommute days, even though they often don’t give me any extra time. On such days I’m usually on calls and glued to my computer screen for hours at a time. If I get a break I will get up to make something to eat (the quality of food at home is much better than that purchased near my office!), throw in a load of laundry, or perhaps even lay down for 10-20 minutes. I’m very happy for the mute button, too. Without that I would be in world of hurt when I have four hour, back to back phone meeting marathons…if you catch my drift. 😉


Kris August 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I too love my mute button, especially when the kids have such important questions like “what is for lunch?”. I just hit mute and can chat with the kids a bit. Those long calls are usually filled with nothingness anyway!

The laundry is really taking a hit since i am nokt home. That is another use for the mute button. I can turn on the washer and dryer, and nobody hears it but me!


Squirrelers August 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm

The idea that the couple left their car, walked to get more cigarettes, and came back to sit in their car to smoke more is crazy. That addiction must be incredibly strong, considering anybody of sound mind with two functioning eyes and/or two functioning ears should know that cigarettes are terrible for you.

Good move to back away a bit from the gun toting motorcyclist. Can’t imagine a reason for anyone to be just carrying a weapon like that unless they’re with law enforcement.


Kris August 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

It must be very difficult to give up smoking or else people wouldnt sacrifice their health and money for cigarettes. I just wonder why people get started in the first place now. If it is rebellion, you are still hurting yourself in the process.

I am betting the cyclist was not with law enforcement because they would probably know better, but who knows.


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