Today was pretty low key, after some early morning grumbles. It was cloudy, but nice outside, and while still working, I had no video conferences, so I was able to be more present with the kids.
This didn't help with the third-grader, as she was supposed to be doing some schoolwork. Just one more week of distance learning, then either a few week break before summer sessions, or all summer until fall starts again. We're hopeful that we can send the kids back to school in the fall, because we are certainly not doing as well as the school does.
We ate a late lunch, which didn't help as I think it eeked some more hunger into the morning tempers. A little little nap was had on the sofa while an Ice Age movie marathon went on, and he woke in much better spirits. I think the time if no distractions helped the big little, too.
I did talk to a distant friend. Great guy, just moved away for life choices. I want to do the same, but to a different spot. He's looking for different work, and wondered how we were doing things, and if he could work remotely with us. I'd love to have him on my team, and will try to make that happen, but did hook him up with our recruiter to get things going. Especially since we're looking like we might be doing this the rest of the calendar year, if not an actual year from the start, he can probably bank on remote work for that long. Certainly, we'll probably rethink location as a company, anyway. And we do have some excellent engineers working remote anyway. Here's hoping that works out!
Before dinner we went for a bike-ride down to the end of the road, and the kids did a few laps in the dead end. It's actually a nice feature in the neighborhood, although I can't speak from the perspective of people living on that block of road.
I had a video happy hour with some work pals, now spread across three companies. A swell bunch. Noodled the economic impacts of software engineers working remotely for any company, including the "big pocketbooks." Should be beneficial to the companies to be able to have talent and availability of engineers without requiring location. Should be beneficial to engineers to have options without relocating. Speculation on what would happen to salaries, local benefits or detriments of the relocated talent, and whether you could get your new employers to buy insane monitors and standing desks. We also speculated on what professional sports might look like if crowds can't attend games, even if they could otherwise make it safe for players. Good times, with mental randomness.
Lazy Friday before a long weekend. Of course, it's supposed to rain the entire weekend.
Everyone is healthy.