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The Passive Aggressive Raven - Nevermind (via Grammarly)

The Passive Aggressive Raven - Nevermind (via Grammarly)

Tech(not) Monday

Well played Monday. You know that it’s my first day back in the office and I have a big presentation to do at lunchtime and so you choose this day to screw with mom. Like cats, technology likes to bewitch those least able to withstand the challenge. She calls in tears at 6:30am to tell me she thinks she’s gone crazy because her phone says she has three missed calls from October 19, 1900. 

Also heard that one of the three of us who is being booted out of the offices is already throwing temper tantrums about not being able to use the cubicles we have been assigned because none of them face the right way for her to put her arm up the way she needs to because of her carpal tunnel. Next it will be that the screen can be seen. Cue dramatic music in 3, 2, 1.

Loantaka Brook Reservation was perfection on a crisp autumn day

Shroomsville aka Loantaka Brook Reservation

Jill was normally a lovely dinner companion … until she started using that new make-up by Jack of O’Lantern

Jill was normally a lovely dinner companion … until she started using that new make-up by Jack of O’Lantern

NOLA is always fashion forward with the latest in propeller-wear.

NOLA is always fashion forward with the latest in propeller-wear.

So many cool touches on houses in my NOLA-hood.

New additions to one of my fave Halloween decoration spots in NOLA this year — Chilled to the bone (the ice bucket challenge) and the 610 (Grave) Stompers

New knitting experience

New knitting experience

When idealism and realism are in balance

I was reading on the subway on the way to the airport at around 3am. There were people coming home after a Saturday night out. Some in various states of exhaustion and euphoria from the night’s activities. A large group of people got on at one station and a young ginger haired and bearded man popped into the seat next to me.

Seeing the chapter title of what I was reading — The Shift: The future of work is already here — he asked if I would like to keep reading or would mind talking. Usually one to return to my book politely, I accepted his invitation to chat. It was only two express stops on the train, but it’s amazing how much you can learn about someone and how many questions can arise in that distance.

He has a one-way ticket to Barcelona and will be leaving in a few days. He has a bitcoin based business in the fitness and massage arena. He was wondering about how technology will displace workers in the coming years. He asked me if I thought that the riots would be stopped if everyone had free housing, food and water. He posited that if they had these necessities they wouldn’t need to work. I noticed, but didn’t get to ask about education and healthcare’s striking omissions from the list.

And in that beauty pageant I only have a few seconds to answer a complex question in a hopefully intelligible way sort of way, I asked him how eliminating he thought eliminating the need to work (as one of his stated goals) would affect people who find some purpose in their work. And how he thought that would affect innovation. Did capitalism or socialism encourage more innovation? What was the balance point between the two that might satisfy more of everyone’s needs? He told me the rich would still innovate. I asked how the rich would get rich — what would an economy look like where people didn’t have to work.

Neither of us had all the answers but we had a lot of lovely questions and we spoke with openness and curiosity that is refreshing. We had a mini salon on the 7 train. Neither of us needing to be right. Both searching through the pile of ideas for what seemed feasible, for what could work, for what might make tomorrow better than today. I was actually sorry I had to change trains. It is enlightening to talk to people of different generations and backgrounds and experiences. You don’t have to agree on everything, you just need to listen and learn and keep asking questions.