Damn. I went and disappeared again, didn’t I? I really thought that I’d get back to posting on the regular this time. I made it 6 straight days of posting before I drifted off… oooh, look, shiny!
Let’s see, where to begin this obligatory catch up post? Last time I was here, I told you that I might have to start working at the office again. Sadface. Well, it turned out to be not as bad as all that, mostly because my boss is awesome. Like me, he greatly enjoys working from home, so he has put in every effort to keep it that way for us.
I can no longer work from work since the computer I have there is ancient old, and therefore, no longer compatible with my shiny new MacBook Pro.
Originally, I was using an old Mac at home that was compatible with my work computer. But, after a year of daily service, that computer was just too old to work on anymore and I had to buy a new one.
There are a couple of reasons I bought a computer myself and didn’t force the company to buy one for me. One, since I got rid of the old computer, I didn’t actually have a computer at home anymore, so I couldn’t do any freelance work. Two, had I forced them to buy me a new computer, it would be an office only computer, so I would have to go back to working in the office full time. Fuck that.
My computer at the office is running Adobe Creative Suite 5, which was released in the spring of 2010. My new laptop is running Adobe Creative Suite CC, which stands for Creative Cloud. Time was, when you wanted Photoshop, etc., you’d go buy a very expensive physical copy and install it. It was then yours forever. Nowadays, you have no choice but to pay them a fortune every year for access to the Creative Cloud. If you don’t, you won’t be able to open any of the files you created with CC. It now costs $600 a year to be able to access your own files. It’s highway robbery and very much a monopoly, but alas, as a creative professional, I had no choice.
Since I can no longer work at work, my boss wanted me to come in once a week just to show my face for a couple of hours so that all the other people who were forced to come back full time didn’t get green with envy. So, for the past few months, I’ve been going into the office for a couple of hours a week basically just to chat with coworkers and show some face. The rest of the time, I’m at home, working on my super fast new laptop that, including buying the Adobe Creative Suite cloud subscription bullshit, cost me the GDP of a small island country and I’m still paying it off. But, it is super fast sexiness and I enjoy not having to wait 5 minutes for large Photoshop files to open anymore. The nice thing is that, until my company spends an insane amount of dollars on a new work computer, I have no choice but to keep working from home. Oh boo hoo.
Anyway, that’s my work situation. You’d think that since I only have to go into the office a couple of hours a week, I would be posting more here, but sadly, that turned out not to be the case. I suck.
Other than that, I have to go to the airport in a couple of hours to pick up my mom. She’s here through the 3rd of January. That’s a looooong time to spend with one’s mother. Ouch. It’ll be fine I guess. In any event, it will stop her from bitching that she hasn’t seen me in years for a little while.
A dozen or so of my friends from all over the country were going to meet in Las Vegas for Punk Rock Bowling in September, but we collectively decided it was too risky. The dumb thing is, they held it anyway, so we had a collective case of the FOMOs.
And I am supposed to have friends fly in over the new year, but I’m not sure if they’re going to come now with Omicron going wild. I got my booster shot (Moderna) earlier this month though, so I feel fairly safe, as safe as I can at any rate.
Since I’m still mostly quarantining and being as risk averse as possible, there’s not much else to report. I wouldn’t expect to see me much for the next couple of weeks with the mom in town, but I’m hoping to turn over a fresh blogging leaf in the new year.
How are you? Has anything happened that I should know about? If I don’t talk to you before then, here’s to a merry yadda yadda and a happy new year, folks!