Finland sounds nice

Background material: Recently Microsoft and Nokia announced a partnership for mobile phones. I work for Microsoft on mobile phone software. The home office of Nokia is in Finland.

Earlier this week I had to travel on business to San Diego. Shortly after I left there was a pretty major snow storm in Redmond, the Microsoft campus was partially shut down and a lot of people couldn’t make it in to work and/or chose to not risk travel on the icy roads. Many decided to work from home (WFH) which is encouraged by Microsoft.

I drive a 4×4 with studded tires all the way around and frequently walk to work instead of driving anyway. I like seeing fresh snow on the ground and don’t have a problem with it as long as it is not so heavy that falling trees take down the power. Even that is usually only a minor annoyance because I just leave and go to my home in Idaho and wait for the power to come back on or come back with my 3000 Watt generator. What’s the big deal?

With that background here is an email thread which occurred in our work group while I was out of town:

From: Chet
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 8:07 AM
Subject: WFH

I will WFH today.

From: Haitao
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 8:23 AM
Subject: RE: WFH

Same here.

From: Joe Huffman
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 8:30 AM
Subject: RE: WFH

I’m going to work from San Diego today. It is currently 55F with lots of  sunshine.

I wish I was in Redmond so I could enjoy the snow too but I’m stuck here for at least a few more hours.

Sent from my Windows Phone

From: Michael
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:03 AM
Subject: RE: WFH

Don’t push it or the next trip could be to Finland.

It was a long time ago but I did read and remember the story of Br’er Rabbit and the Briar Patch.

From: Joe Huffman
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 10:18 AM
Subject: RE: WFH

Finland sounds nice. When do I leave?

Sent from my Windows Phone


6 thoughts on “Finland sounds nice

  1. I’m with you. I never tire of the snow here (Anchorage), and even get miffed when it’s supposed to snow but doesn’t. It’s white & clean, fluffy/powdery, and makes things pretty. What’s wrong with that?

  2. Linoge,

    People keep saying that word, “interesting”, near me. I’m not sure why that is…


    I knew about the sniper and some of the stuff about guns. I did say Finland sounds nice… Thanks for the rest of the info.

  3. Two of the friendly contributors back when I spent a lot of time on were a couple of guys from Finland, Annsi and Pekka. Besides dirtbikes they talked about Suomi machine-guns. Scratch a off-road motorcyclist and find a gun owner, and Liberals hate both. For a dirtbiker you begin to realize the same assholes who are trying to limit your liberty out in the woods are also trying to limit your liberty to own guns – but in all their myopic, single-phase, polar blindness they don’t know they’re bothering the same people twice over. It was part of my transitional out-phase from being a Liberal, and I enjoyed their company and the conversation helped me grow a lot.

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