Jump in My Hot Tub Time Machine: How Much Working from Home Could You Do in the 80s?

April 20, 2010 – 10:16 am

Just saw “Hot Tub Time Machine,” and in line with my immature, undeveloped sense of humor I loved it. Between the barfing and jokes that my 13-year old son would tell me, I didn’t stop laughing.  Of course if you are relatively intelligent and would prefer a comedy with more wit than poop jokes, this movie is not for you.

I think I also loved it because it mirrored the time that I was coming of age. Ah, the ‘80′s. The bad music mixed in with the good, the neon colors (my husband wondered if everyone wore that much pastel and neon back then), the ratted hair and the lack of technology.  That’s what’s really funny-one scene a guy is skiing down the slope talking on a “brick” phone to his friend saying, “Hey dude, guess where I’m calling from?” Like it’s the most radical thing ever!

The movie got me thinking about how so many people work from home now and how different our lives would be if we were adults back then trying to work from home. Without email, Skype and the Internet many of our jobs wouldn’t exist-I know mine would not.

I guess you had to be “in the office” to submit your work which would make it virtually impossible for a blogger from Florida to work for a company in California.

When I worked for both my high school and college newspaper, we used black lined sticky tape to dummy the newspaper and needed camera ready art.  You had to be in the newsroom to perform all of your duties.  Now, newspapers are slapped together in less than half the time on the computer-and look much better!

Another incredible feat is that I can literally work from anywhere.  We are planning our usual summer trip and I know that I won’t be missing much work while there-I don’t have to.  Of course that is the downside of being able to work so accessibly, but hey I can work if I need to work!

I really enjoyed my two hour trip in time with our 80′s icon, John Cusack–no longer resembling Lloyd Dobbler from “Say Anything” but rather something more like what stares back at us in the mirror. I’m also glad we are pursuing careers now that offer more opportunity to work from home.

About Gina Ragusa
Gina Ragusa is a freelance writer and mom from sunny (and sometimes not) South Florida. Her 15 year experience ranges from writing about banking to tattoo parlors.
  1. One Response to “Jump in My Hot Tub Time Machine: How Much Working from Home Could You Do in the 80s?”

  2. Ahhh the 80s indeed!

    I was trained as a printer in high school and remember only too well, all the work that went into those school newspapers.

    The closest thing to a computer was a word processor. We still had to cut, wax and paste up that copy!

    But what did I know…I was only 5 in high school…:)


    By Dan Reinhold@Work At Home Humor on Apr 21, 2010

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