Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Thinker

Job Related Stuff

Chelle P at Fickle and Whim mentioned (a long time ago) how she likes to see pictures of where fellow bloggers live. When she reads their posts she can imagine where they are. So here's a few photos of where I work.

This is the view from the narrow road on the way to my job. It's typical of the dry California meadows and oak trees at the end of summer. We frequently see deer, rabbits, heron, squirrels and quail on this road. Infrequently we have bobcat sightings and once in a great while a warning that there are mountain lions in the area.








This is the entrance to the building which was built in the early 50's. It's a think tank where thinkers come to think. How's that for a description? They're here for an academic year and this last Sunday was our opening reception for the current crop of fellows.









The incredible view from our hill.









Opening reception goodies

More goodies. The rest of my food pics didn't come out well so you'll have to imagine plates and plates of food as well as a "drink" table loaded with bottles of wine, soft drinks and water.
















The real reason we work here....Charley the office cat hanging out in my in basket.














I was lucky to find this part time receptionist job after I retired from Pacific Bell. Academics come from all over the world to this special place. I've been star-struck over more than a few of them. I continue to think it's a magical place to hang out for 4 hours a day.


The road home....



24 Comments:

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Peggy said...

I just love those pictures! Thanks for sharing that with me! I can just imagine those funny little quail with the little bobble on their heads, scooting out from underneath those palo verde trees. I am envious in the extreme! The office cat looks so contented in your in-tray too.

Is there food in the reception area every day?

 
At 9:33 PM, Blogger saz said...

Peggy - We have our own fabulous chef who serves a huge gourmet lunch everyday! The link to her web page (and calendar of recipes) is on my blogroll - Chef Susan's I Simmer.com. There's a diningroom and patio for outdoor dining. It's unbelievable.

 
At 11:44 PM, Blogger Dick said...

Nice photos and it looks like a fascinating place to work. Where do the visitors live, on site? If so it must be much like a fancy resort complex. I visited the Biosphere II at Oracle, AZ this past March. It may be a little like your place and it was a great tour, but may be slated to be torn down.

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger saz said...

Hi Dick - The fellows live off site. We have a housing director who helps them find rentals in the area. There's about 40 fellows every year and they all have individual studies at the Center. It's designed to be a quiet reflective retreat - old but beautiful.

 
At 4:29 AM, Anonymous Alan G said...

Hey Saz...

Thanks for the tour. That is quite the place. And I can't believe the fact that there is a gourmet lunch everyday. You must really have some "high-end" thinkers hang out there.

Perhaps "Snake Boy" will drop by for lunch one day - you never know.

Elvis...has left the building! LOL

 
At 6:06 AM, Anonymous naomi dagen bloom said...

susan! you added flicr! way to go; i'm again impressed. steve sherlock sent me to a guy who knits--at the podcast conference-- another intrigue of mine that you may get to first.

great to wander down the road with you. beautiful environment you live/work in, different from how i usually visualize california. sometime i'd like to hear your take on continuing to work after retirement.

 
At 6:34 AM, Blogger Lucy said...

Hello!
I want to become your cat. I think he(she)is very happy cat.

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Betty said...

Great photos, and what an awesome job! I'd love to do something like that, but we don't "think" in my little corner of the world.

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Newt said...

Awww, there you go making me homesick for California again....Very nice pictures.

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger SzélsőFa said...

I loved this post. Especially loved Charley and the expression 'think tank'. Never ever heard that before.
I like how photos make the reader feel where and how you live and work. These photos bring you closer to the reader. Thank you.

 
At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Rhea said...

Were those edible flowers in that picture?

 
At 2:50 PM, Anonymous claude said...

Great pics, Susan. It looks like a wonderful place and I can see that you'd find it great to work there. Thanks for the walk :)
I see that you've added the flickr badge! Great job!

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

It's nice to get to know you a little better through your pictures. I love the idea that you are still involved after retirement and what a great place to be part of! Tell us more about it.

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger Joy Des Jardins said...

I don't know....that looks pretty ideal to me Susan. What a nice homey atmosphere your office has. You are in a wonderful working situation...not always easy to find. It's nice to see and hear how much you like it...considering so many people are unhappy in their working life. Love the photos.

 
At 7:47 PM, Blogger gawilli said...

Oh, I have job envy.

 
At 11:32 PM, Blogger saz said...

Alan - You reminded me... we have snakes appearing on the walkways in the summer (but no Snake Boys)...and have had an Elvis impersonator at one of out parties!

Naomi - Maybe a subject for another blog "working after retiring".

Lucy - You have no idea how happy and spoiled the cat is!

Betty - You can't fool me - you do some pretty fine "thinking" on your blog.

Newt - Sometimes Calif can be a nice place to be?

Szelso Fa - We've had academics here from Hungary...last year Andras Sajo who I think is also a famous author in Hungary?

Rhea - Not edible but pretty.

Claude - Having fun with Flickr cuz of you!

Ginnie - Stay tuned.. more to follow - I think.

Joy and Gawilli - I have job envy about myself! I love this little job and place better than anything in the 30 years I was a Pac Bell mgr..it's actually FUN to come to work everyday.

 
At 4:15 AM, Blogger mjd said...

The pictures are beautiful. Posting pictures of our environs is a nice idea, and where you live looks lovely. Working where you are provided with daily feast is an added bonus.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

 
At 3:51 PM, Anonymous cabbagestew said...

Awww...look at Charley :)

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Saz: I just read your comment to Roger (re: his article about if he knew he were going to die) and I think you are being way too hard on yourself. I can tell just by your comments that you are a spiritual and loving person.

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger F&W said...

You have the coolest receptionist job EVAH!

Thanks for sharing these. I shall forever picture your work area and building now when you blog about work stories.

Hi Charley! *waves*

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Gary James said...

It looks lovely there. Is that cat in the in-tray or the out-tray? It could have some bearing when someone next asks you to put the cat out.

 
At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Susan said...

What a lovely place to go each day. I'm glad you have found a job that spoils you. :)

 
At 6:34 PM, Blogger Kell said...

What a lovely place. And what a dream job! And any place that has an office cate has got to be really cool. Unless of course they also have an office dog, then they are way cool.

 
At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Terri said...

Wow! I'm jealous! Of such a GREAT part time job, of the lovely views and scenery and even of Charley!
You really did luck out with that job. How nice for you! I bet it's a great atmosphere to work in. That Charley is too cute. ANYplace that allows a cat or dog in the workplace is a great place to work.

 

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