12/21–The Interview: One-on-One with Kim Jong-un
8/3–VIDEO: Has time run out for Laskin?
3/16–VIDEO: G-rated list of 5 reasons to hire older workers
1/30–VIDEO: I'm Scheduled to Die August 1, 2014
11/19–VIDEO: In which Mr. Laskin takes on Mr. Lincoln
11/2–VIDEO: Rapp Story redux -- an explanation of sorts
10/21–VIDEO: The Rapp Story
9/12–VIDEO: The scariest profession in the world. Really?
7/4–VIDEO: Finally, a movie review without ever seeing the movie
4/18–VIDEO: The 7 words George Carlin would never have used
2/28–VIDEO: Sequester that credit card!
1/16–VIDEO: Don gets the word
10/31–The day social media died
8/6–VIDEO: The secret to viral videos
5/31–We all agree on this, right?
4/5–What's stealing? Really? Me? Shirley, you jest
1/19–VIDEO: The other Goldilocks story
12/11–VIDEO: Accomplishments? Or credentials?
11/7–VIDEO: A few minutes with Don Laskin on Andy Rooney
9/11–VIDEO: The hidden meaning of printer ink expiration dates
8/3–VIDEO: I am a Negro
5/24–VIDEO: It’s the end of the world as we know it
4/11–VIDEO: Return of the Avatar – with handy tips for finding a job
2/28–VIDEO: Laskin names names
2/10–VIDEO: Return of blower man
2/8–VIDEO: The threat of hippos -- and leaf blowers
1/11–VIDEO: Don as you've never seen him before
11/8–AUDIO: Hating the rich. Well, some of them, at least
10/17–VIDEO: He's not sleeping, he's making an important decision
10/1–What Amelia Earhart has to do with marketing management
8/25–AUDIO: The Mosque Ox
8/23–AUDIO: Why Meg Whitman needs to talk with Don en espanol
7/12–VIDEO: Don Laskin gets a spokes-thing
6/21–VIDEO: Why webinars are a waste of time
6/1–VIDEO: Has Don sold his soul to the Devil?
5/23–VIDEO: A message to, well, you know who you are
5/14–VIDEO: Twit, Tweet, Twitter?
5/5–Don unloads on Google
2/24–The sweatsuit answer to Kaiser, or Medicare Part The Deux
2/16–What's wrong with Kaiser?
12/4–What’s as rare as a Raiders touchdown? Laskin knows
10/19–Why Dave prefers vanilla
10/1–God's will -- and other reasons
8/17–AUDIO: Hierarchy of stupid
5/25–AUDIO: Some calm words about a world in PANIC!!
4/28–AUDIO: Why CEOs can ignore everything – except Facebook
4/6–With friends like these…
1/19–When perception is reality -- except when it isn't
12/9–AUDIO: Chased by the devil
10/29–AUDIO: Sine qua non a rant it would not be Don
10/20–AUDIO: Joe the writer, er, Don
10/2–AUDIO: Perp Walk Inc.
2/25–AUDIO: Why people put up with crummy jobs
2/10–AUDIO: Making clients money with advertising
1/2–Tiny weiners on toothpicks
12/19–AUDIO: Don improves with age, he says
12/6–AUDIO: Why telecommuting gardeners are needed
10/1–Don Laskin – Almost human?
7/8–Counting, if not connecting, the dots
5/3–Is your advertising stuck in a silo? So is Don
2/5–It's deja vu all over again for Don
9/10–Observations: Laskin faced end with courage
7/14–Observations Why Don Laskin’s ex-boss hiked up her skirt
6/16–Observations They're baaaack! And don't say you weren't warned
4/28–Be careful what you wish for
4/17–Did somebody just say something?
3/8–Laskin makes his first annual “Moron of the Month” Award*
2/15–Our man Laskin reports from a UFO
1/30–Laskin pioneers podcast idea
1/11–Veteran podcaster Don Laskin offers advice
1/3–The Logic of Illogic (Part 2)
11/15–An easy death
7/14–Making a Better Than Human Human
7/4–A tool of capitalism
6/26–Position Heal thyself. -- Plus: Useful information. For real. No kidding
6/25–Life is Like a box of chocolates with no “i” in team
5/15–A $1,000 fine and five days in jail
4/23–Is spending money on advertising a waste?
LETTERS FROM LASKIN
AUDIO: Why telecommuting gardeners are needed
by Don Laskin
December 6, 2007
Do you telecommute? Or wish you did?
While telecommuting is becoming more popular, Don Laskin takes the concept to the cutting edge in this commentary….
Hi, I’m Don Laskin and this is Observations: When the Rant Is Due brought to you by The Lone Writer Advertising Group, your U.S. outsource, resource.
This Observation (pause) Telecommute.
I used to think telecommuting was watching TV on the 5:23 out of Grand Central. Then I also used to think good guys always won and dummies weren’t elected president.
Not only do I now know what telecommuting means but really learned to appreciate it when I got a contract for a job that was a major commute. Major? A lieutenant colonel at least.
I know you got friends doing generals and one who’s doing a field marshal and nobody complains.
Well, I’m complaining. With the price of gas, a long commute is like paying for the privilege of working. It’s a concept close to the one they have in the People’s Republic of China where you get to pay for the bullet they execute you with.
Anyway, telecommuting is great. In fact, I do more work at home where I can work when I feel like…than I do when I work when I’m at work and have to look like I’m working while I’m working -- which is really a lot of work.
Now being at home, I thought distractions might distract me. Family. TV. A gnat landing on a tulip in Holland. Waiting for the next email, turned out to be enough to keep me away from General Hospital. Okay even that gnat landing on the tulip in Holland is enough to keep me away from General Hospital.
I have to admit there’s one distraction. (pause) Goes by the name of Amana Kenmore. She’s cold. But one thing. Whenever I show up at her place, there’s always food. Amana my fridge. My friend. My only distraction.
There is one thing about telecommuting for work. You don’t just sit down, get on line and start working. First you have to get on the company’s VPN, the Virtual Private Network. That way all messages are secure and ensuring nobody finds out what we’re doing. Which is kind of interesting in that people pay me to ensure that people DO find out what they’re doing.
Still this VPN thing is not a bad idea. In fact, it might just be the answer to several problems facing America. What if we had a VPN for gardeners, another for oh…maids…like that? Instead of crossing the border illegally to work, gardeners and maids could just telecommute. A maid could email how a vacuum cleaner works and offer advice for the best way to empty the trash. A gardener could provide directions on watering and fertilizer.
The employer gets exercise from doing physical labor thereby attacking America’s obesity problem. The borders are secured thereby uh… securing the borders. And, the balance of trade is improved by the United States selling lots of refrigerators in Mexico. Everybody needs some distractions.
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