Listener Happy Hour

It’s usually impossible to get all the ladybrains in one place at one time—but thanks to the power of Zoom (and state mandated stay-at-home orders) all the brains were able to enjoy a fun night with a huge squad of listeners—getting to know a lot about YOU and definitely having a great time. On this week’s episode we’re bringing you along for the fun! We are definitely making this a regular event… maybe even after the pandemic passes!

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  1. Stad Thatcher

    Just downloaded it this morning, can’t wait to listen!

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    • May 16, 2020, at 8:27 AM PDT
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  2. Man O Tea Member

    I’m a serious fan of the G’Ma killer! I’m in blue MN and so sick of the scolding, woke, virtue-signaling clowns dissing each other about the stupid masks etc. Free US!!

    • #2
    • May 16, 2020, at 7:14 PM PDT
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  3. Full Size Tabby Member

    I doubt that the office will go to the dustbin of history as readily as The LadyBrains seem to think it will go. 

    Companies spent much time, energy, and money over the past 25 years to develop office spaces that encourage collaboration. Ideas are more likely to emerge when people get together, even among introverts like me. Online meetings are at best a poor substitute for being together in real life. Even with video we receive only about 30% of what would be communicated if the conversation were to happen in person. Some people have learned in recent weeks that having work and home within the same walls can stifle creativity. There’s a long tradition for writers to be by themselves for extended lengths of time, but the benefits of isolation may not transfer to other professions and disciplines.

    An office-less world would require employees to have at home space and an environment suitable for work. That could be a challenge for employees, particularly in dense urban areas, and for lower paid employees. Employees would need to rent or buy residences larger and/or differently arranged than what they currently have. The Wall Street Journal had an article last week on makeshift outdoor workspaces some people have developed. Some years ago, my brother bought a house while he had an office job. Then he changed to a job that did not have an office. He ended up renting on his own a small office because his house was not conducive to a full time home office. He has now moved to a different part of the country. Having adequate space for a full time office added 20% to his cost for a new house. For young workers in places like New York City or Boston or Washington, D.C. or Silicon Valley residence space for a full time office could be a significant challenge, especially since roommates are likely also involved. There may be reasons other than family togetherness that so many young urban dwellers reverted to their parents’ houses at the beginning of the lockdown. 

    Yes, I’m an older man (age 64) who worked in an office for 38 years. But, our daughter has worked out of their small house for as long as she’s been married (8 years). To make room for a second child’s bedroom, our daughter’s office was moved to a former utility closet (which fortunately has a window). They had to construct a shed to store what was previously stored in the closet. But finding space for our son-in-law to also work in the house has been a source of frustration. His work requires long periods of quiet thinking, which is not consistent with a house-based environment. And as an engineer, he is frustrated that when his quiet thinking doesn’t produce an answer, he can’t walk down the hall to find other engineers to help him think through the problem at hand.

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    • May 17, 2020, at 6:22 AM PDT
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  4. Stad Thatcher

    What a fun podcast! I have a few comments:

    When you mentioned LadyBrains swag, the first thing I thought of was an “I [heart] LadyBrains!” tee shirt. However, I realized people might think the wearer was a zombie.

    A LadyBrain husbands podcast? What part of “Danger Will Robinson” makes you think this is a good idea? Hehe . . .

    For Max: If the adminstration of a nursing home won’t let you visit a relative there, do you have to power to transfer your relative to a nursing home that will?

    As for microphones, this article might be helpful:

    https://www.pcgamer.com/best-microphone-gaming-streaming/

    Keep up the good work!

    • #4
    • May 17, 2020, at 6:47 AM PDT
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  5. Full Size Tabby Member

    Swag: When I was working I’d get a lot of promotional swag from prospective vendors. Mrs. Tabby said one of the most useful items was a hook to put on the edge of a restaurant table to hang her (small) purse. Not very big for promotional purposes, but she used it a lot. 

    • #5
    • May 17, 2020, at 7:42 AM PDT
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  6. Max Ledoux Admin

    Stad (View Comment):
    For Max: If the adminstration of a nursing home won’t let you visit a relative there, do you have to power to transfer your relative to a nursing home that will?

    That’s really not feasible. For one, it’s a small town and she’s already in the best facility available. It’s an emergency order issued by the governor of Maine, so we’d have to take her out of state. But… visitors are not allowed in nursing homes in New Hampshire, either.

    • #6
    • May 17, 2020, at 3:49 PM PDT
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  7. Stad Thatcher

    Max Ledoux (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    For Max: If the adminstration of a nursing home won’t let you visit a relative there, do you have to power to transfer your relative to a nursing home that will?

    That’s really not feasible. For one, it’s a small town and she’s already in the best facility available. It’s an emergency order issued by the governor of Maine, so we’d have to take her out of state. But… visitors are not allowed in nursing homes in New Hampshire, either.

    Oh well, just a thought …

    • #7
    • May 17, 2020, at 5:27 PM PDT
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