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It’s been almost two months now since I stopped commuting to a day-job, having switched to the role of stay-at-home full-time ranch manager for Wintervale. I’m beginning to get a sense of how this new work environment has its own special combination of advantages and disadvantages for me.

(+) I cherish the fact that I no longer have to drive over an hour to get to my workplace. That commute dictated a lot of my activities during the week.

(-) I am always at my workplace. There is no moment of leaving it all behind at the end of the workday.


(+) I don’t have to fill out a timesheet, punch the timeclock, fret over being late, or struggle with deciding if I should call in sick.

(-) There is no end of the workday. I don’t get to call in sick.


(+) I get to be my own boss.

(-) I am my own boss.


(+) I work in paradise. A beautiful outdoor environment with amazing vistas.

(-) My workplace is not a controlled environment. It’s often too hot, in winter it can get too cold, there are flies, wasps, mosquitoes, and there is, quite literally, shit everywhere.


(+) There are no workplace personality conflicts …not that I was having any. I’ve heard it happens in some offices.

(-) I am suffering from a bit of withdrawal from human interaction. A workday devoid of talking with another person starts to feel a bit like solitary confinement.


(+) I get to work with animals. Plenty of folks wish they could bring their dog or cat to work with them. I’ve got both, plus horses!

(-) It is a long known adage in show business to never work with animals. There are days when I can see why… “Delilah! NO!”









Written by johnwhays

August 24, 2014 at 9:46 am

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