Not working from home

In the last few months, rush hour traffic has gone back to the way it was during the before time.  Last year at this time it seems like the streets were lined with cars, now the cars are gone.

I have talked with friends and family who are going back to the office and so far none of them really want to go back. One family member lucked out when his company was purchased by a company that is located out of state. He gets to stay employed and work from home.

There is a lot of traffic in the area in the evenings and on weekends too. People walking, driving, and riding on those little electric scooters.

It is easier for me to plan where I want to live than it is for others. I just need to live in an area where there are houses. I have been working out of a home office for 15 years and can work from almost anywhere if I have internet access.

I have to pay my own health insurance and I don’t get paid during vacations and there is no pay for sick days. That might seem like a bad thing but it is a trade-off. It would be nice to have benefits and freedom but that isn’t a thing.

It will be interesting to see if the pandemic has any kind of long-term impact on where people want to live.  I don’t have any advice on this except to say that buying a house is more of a longer-term commitment than most employers will make. I still live in the house that was close to jobs but I haven’t had any of those jobs for 20 years.

view of downtowns
View of St. Paul and Minneapolis from Indian Mounds Park in St. Paul
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