That is the question.
To make a long story short, my so-called ideal stay at home mom job isn’t so ideal. Sure it’s flexible, but there are some hefty requirements. I must provide my own computer (I’d have one anyway so maybe this isn’t such a big deal), I must provide my own internet connection (again, I’d have it anyway – how else would I blog? The Library? I don’t think so). In addition, they are paying me less than ½ of what I’m worth? Worth, however, is in the eye of the beholder, subjective, a matter of perspective, etc, so maybe we should scratch that one. Anyway, there are many annoyances right now. Too many to list because then it would cease to be funny and that is not what this blog is about, right? For crying out loud, I’m doing taxes in the basement with my own resources!
The most annoying of requirements is the fact that I must have a static IP address. You might not think this is so annoying but it is. First of all, it will cost an extra $220 a month (I made that number up because of the highly emotional nature in which I am living in). Second, it’s just asinine to ask an employee who does taxes for the likes of Robert Plant, Syd Vicious and Peter Gabriel (to name a few) to provide these services without the employer having to provide me with anything short of law mandated social security. As noted in previous posts, the tax returns I do for the above mentioned clients are FICTIONAL so please relax and know that I am not famous (or do taxes for the famous or the famously dead – although I have had my picture taken with two of the Dandy Warhols and Brandi Carlile - and oh look here's the photo with the Dandies. Where did that come from?)
And back to the static IP address thing. For security reasons, they won’t let anyone authenticate to their servers unless the IP address of the machine logging in is in their list of approved IP addresses. I have been able to get around this by leaving my modem on forever and ever. As long as the modem has power, it has the same IP address. However, within the last couple of weeks, the folks at qwest have thrown a fast one at me. After a few days of testing, I can conclude that qwest is TAKING BACK MY IP ADDRESS AND GIVING IT TO SOMEONE ELSE after a period of inactivity. So now, I have a few hours to work, I attempt to log in to the employer’s web site and receive an access denied message so harsh it feels as if I’ve graduated from a low budget hacker college. I’ve paid a babysitter to work and I can’t work. Lame!
So the process goes like this: I find someone who is logged on and I send them the “my IP address changed again” message. Then they say okay, what it is. And I tell them the new address and then it takes 12 to 24 hours for the dang data center to replicate the change. Is there another word for lame that I can use here? Let’s see: faulty, flimsy, inadequate, gimpy, insufficient, feeble, broken, askew, bent. Have you had enough? How about dunce!
I called the Winder. She told me to make a list of pros and cons. There she goes again with her intellectual logic. I should really take her advice on this one. But before I do, I'd like to wallow a while longer in the above mentioned emotional nature. It’s kind of cozy here.