Experiments in Mobile Working



Yesterday I took a stroll down to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas – a stone’s throw from the coworking space I often inhabit many days of the week (Union Cowork), and set up my mobile office – wifi hotspot I brought with me, Ellipsis Jetpack, a Neso beach tent and a Helinox beach chair in hand. They are small and light enough you can carry them and your shoes in one hand. 

When the tide came up and the sun started going down, I walked back to the co-working space. 

The first vision I had was of working at the zoo. It just hit me one day: wouldn’t it be great to get outside and be in that beauty of the zoo, amongst all the beautiful greenery (I’m a plant freak too), not to mention animals, and be able to write or work at the computer? Some of the best writing I did in college was at parks, sitting at a picnic table. So I made it happen…  

Mobile working at the San Diego Zoo, in an aviary. Nice tropical-like environment. You can people-watch and bird-watch too:



In the Laguna Mountains, 50 minutes East of my home. I could enjoy the fresh air smelling of pines, and the only sounds a gentle breeze in the trees and the sound of birds. I found a picnic table with just enough cellphone signal to connect via the mobile Wifi to the internet, and work on a software prototype a client wants.
Back to the beach a second day. After I got settled in and was just starting to relax, a woman came up to me and said “You have the perfect set-up”. But I’d had a beer and was a bit tired and it was hard to be heard over the sound of the surf, and so it wasn’t much of a dialogue given that it was an the interruption of my woozy nice warm beach reverie haha, though I liked the compliment or, er, “validation” I guess?
There were a lot of people that day walking by, and the tide was up high enough that there wasn’t much beach in front of me to act as a buffer from the stream of folks. I did manage to meditate and write some. 
This photo distorts the space but hey, it’s cool lookin’:
Just another day at work. 
A warm day, I decided, after a morning at the dentist and afternoon errands, to take a shot at going to the zoo again. I was hesitant because of summer crowds, but got there at about 4 and there was plenty of parking – a good sign. Right away found a nice cool canyon, with a waterfall swishing and gurgling off to my right. Shady tropical beauty. 
The main challenge I’m finding here as I write this is the comfort of the seat. I brought a pad, which I found is necessary for the back against the concrete edge, but the seat is totally hard for my skinny butt. Ah well, a bit of movement helps.

A friendly young zoo worker named Liz volunteered to take a picture of me:


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