Posted by: GeekHiker | May 3, 2010

Could’a, Would’a, Should’a*

I could’a come home from work, done some cleaning around the house, maybe caught up on my laundry.

I would’a sat down and worked on the long post I’ve had in mind all day, but inspiration did not strike.

I should’a gone to the gym, since I’ve skipped a couple of workouts already.

But I didn’t do any of that.

I spent all day today in my windowless office.  My co-worker was out, so it was busy.  The person who’s door I normally look through, the one through which I’m able to see a small sliver of sky and the outside world, was closed all day.

(Interestingly, there are multiple people in the office who have window offices but, due to light sensitivity or other issues, close their blinds to the outside world.  Me, on the other hand, who needs some natural light, sits in windowless hell.  Go figure.)

To compound matters, the air system was on the fritz today.  So not only was I sitting in a windowless office, I was sitting in a windowless office with stagnant air.

Amazingly, I didn’t pass out from my own carbon dioxide.  Although, admittedly, that would have been a hell of a way to go (and made for an entertaining obituary in the Times, I’m sure).

So instead of doing all those things I should have done, I came home, grabbed the book I’m currently reading and a bottle of water, and headed down to the park to soak up some Vitamin D.

Maybe not the most efficient way to spend time, especially in our efficiency-obsessed culture, but sometimes a geek’s got to do what a geek’s got to do, you know?

(* Farscape reference, for my fellow geeks.)

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Responses

  1. Windowless offices should be a crime. I suggest that you pose the following resolution: people who have windows but leave the blinds down for more than three hours out of the day, forfeit the right to said office. Do it! You’ll be the hero of office drones everywhere!

    One of my former co-workers had a windowless office. She brought in an awesome antique window frame in which she had enlarged a picture of the beach and placed behind the glass. It seemed silly to many at first. But we often found ourselves in her office staring out the “window” listening to the beach sounds she played on her computer.

  2. This is an excellent way to end the day! I really liked the “reading in the park soaking up some Vitamin D” idea — I went for a walk and felt greatly refreshed despite my stupid cold from nowhere!

  3. Excellent title!!

    I think, and everyone knows how important my opinion is since I’m so awesome, is that you did exactly what you needed to do. I’m very happy that you did.

  4. Most of my libraries are in the middle of the offices building, so they don’t have any windows. I feel like Im stuck in a giant closet most the time. Every chance I get Id rather be outside in the sun.
    The laundry and gym aren’t going anywhere, but you have to go out and enjoy the nice weather while you have it…

  5. I think you need some plants in your office to ensure there is ample oxygen in there.

    Nothing better than sitting outside reading a book. I haven’t done that in awhile…I’ll add it to my To Do list.

  6. Followed suit and sat outside on a park bench during lunch. Now its about to rain. Feel pretty good about going seeing as now I can’t. 🙂

  7. Plus, I’m pretty sure there are better looking ladies outside your office than inside…

  8. i would literally be like jack nicholson in the shining if i had no windows at work. how have you not gone completely insane. dingo’s right – it should be against the law.

  9. I can always count on you to do the right thing.

  10. Awww…such a cute geek thing to do. So relaxing.

    The moon only greets me by the time I leave the office!

  11. Dingo – I agree! Maybe I need to get a doctor’s slip that says I need natural light. I like the window frame idea, though I don’t know if I want to spend that much on decoration for work! LOL

    K – It is a good idea. I should do it more often, but I’m usually at the gym…

    MissMcCracken – Thought you’d like it. Both the title, and the idea!

    Jean – Ugh, we’re in the same boat!

    MelHeth – Plants aren’t allowed; company rules. I should add it to my “to do more often” list…

    Char – Heh, our weather doesn’t change that rapidly!

    TheCoconutDiaries – Sadly, the park was near my house. There’s really no place to sit outside my office…

    BlakSpring – Maybe I’m going insane, just very, very slowly…

    Homer-Dog – Aw, shucks.

    Ruth – Ouch, that sucks!


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