Remote Control

My mind is all over the place today. I’m sure I’m not alone in that. 

I guess I’ll write about this …

I know of this guy who’s waiting on decisions to be made by other people so he knows what his next few weeks will be like. As much as anyone can know what they’ll be like, anyway. Dude’s got a rough breathing situation, but he needs the money. There’s a lady friend of mine in caught up in the same deal. 

These decisions are being made by people who are, for the most part, already working remotely. But they’ll make the call about whether their underlings will get to stay home or go out into the big, bad world. 

Maybe what they do is essential. It would be nice to think so. Or maybe they’re just expendable. It’s a fine line, and it’s being trod by a lot of folks all over the world. 

If they’re essential, then aren’t the people making the decisions even more essential and needed where the action is, rather than working from home? Or are they expendable?  A means to an end? 

That end being their work creating work for the folks further up the chain, who are working remotely and kept busy because everything beneath them gets funneled through them.

Am I making sense? I feel like the answer is probably “no.”

But I’ve been thinking about this all day.

Vermont revised its list of workers who are considered essential employees. And it looks like the new jobs listed – restaurant workers, grocery store staff, things like that – are jobs where everyone is putting their butts on the line. The managers are in the restaurants and supermarkets, beside the cooks and the clerks, getting it done and making a difference. 

That’s different from these two folks I mentioned earlier. They’re out there doing their work, but the ones making the big decisions are working remotely. 

So remotely that they’re out of touch.

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