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Poll: How much time do you spend outdoors on a normal working day?
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Elías Sauza  Identity Verified
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What is Outdoors? Nov 17, 2008

This option is missing. I would have chosen that one.

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Varies too much to give any meaningful answer Nov 17, 2008

It can be anything from zero to three or four hours, depending whether I am slaving away at an urgent job or taking time out during one with a less demanding deadline.

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Laurence Bourel
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Definition of Outdoors ? Nov 17, 2008

I agree with the previous post : what do we mean by Outdoor ? Take the kids to and back from school ? Going out running ? Appreciate a coffee-break outside ? Of course, each moment is different in terms of quality and benefit ...Though it still gives us the opportunity to make a break and leave the computer for a while...

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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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Depends... Nov 17, 2008

On whether I go to the shops or gym or not, or go out socialising in the evening. All too often the answer is "none at all", but it can be a couple of hours or more (interpreting "outdoors" as "not in the house").

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R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
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Cynical question... Nov 17, 2008

I sense a little bit of wry cynicism in this question. Yes, I'm a total weird geekoid who hasn't seen the sun in a decade, lol. Forgive my sarcasm.

What is the real question?

"How much time do you spend in front of the computer per day as opposed to 'healthier' activities?"

Far too much!


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Now I don't feel so bad! Nov 17, 2008

Richard Jenkins wrote:

I sense a little bit of wry cynicism in this question. Yes, I'm a total weird geekoid who hasn't seen the sun in a decade, lol. Forgive my sarcasm.

What is the real question?

"How much time do you spend in front of the computer per day as opposed to 'healthier' activities?"

Far too much!


Since I've been in the USA, I have become a totally weird geeko and hardly ever get out. Actually, it's getting cold and nasty now, so I don't even WANT to go out.

BUT.....tomorrow I am moving back to Rio de Janeiro...yayayayayayayayay! I'll be living three blocks from Copacabana beach, so I'll be sure to get out a LOT more.


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Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
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It varies, yes, but... Nov 17, 2008

Like Jack, sometimes it varies a lot.
However, I always take the dog for a 45-60 minute walk, every working day.
Sometimes I spend more time outdoors (gardening, playing with kids, etc). It's not so unusual that such days are anomalies; however, they are not nearly as common as my normal dog-walk-and-work days.


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Sandra Petch
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Steps blinking into the light... Nov 17, 2008

I answered a miserable "5 to 15 minutes" although this does go up to "15 to 30" on days I do lunchtime grocery shopping

This is presuming we're talking about time from switching on the PC to switching off for the evening. Otherwise I'm out for a couple of hours most days for an early-morning swim and I have been known to venture outdoors in the evening


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R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
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Some perspective... Nov 17, 2008

Amy Duncan wrote:

BUT.....tomorrow I am moving back to Rio de Janeiro...yayayayayayayayay! I'll be living three blocks from Copacabana beach, so I'll be sure to get out a LOT more.


Glad to see you're getting to where you want to be....you sound so excited, it's great. Fandabbidozzie!

Sorry to go on a downer though, but don't you think that one of the ironies of being a translator is spending most of one's time in front of a computer screen INSTEAD of out there in the sun, 'enjoying' life?

I work in a rather sterile, office-based environment, so on a day-to-day basis I could quite easily be in any part of the world and it wouldn't make any difference whatsoever. The grind of work, the day-to-day stresses and worries, trying to get my family through life as smoothly as possible. It's work, it's not 'fun'.

I wish I could just go out when I want and do what I want, but I can't. All I really know is that I'm happy in Brazil and I can't really describe why. You know, it's just a fine place with lovely people and great weather, but easy it is NOT.


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Simon Cole  Identity Verified
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Aren't we a sad lot! Nov 17, 2008

I walk the dogs in the morning for about 30 min and maybe again at lunchtime, or I go to the post office or ... Now it's winter the evening walk is out of the question.
And as for Amy going to Rio ... you'll still have to sit inside and close the windows and curtains against all that sunshine (to keep of heat to help the air-con and light so you can see your screen), unless you've got a laptop with an amazing screen that can be seen in daylight. Mine's invisible outside the house!


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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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Nah... Nov 17, 2008

Richard Jenkins wrote:

Sorry to go on a downer though, but don't you think that one of the ironies of being a translator is spending most of one's time in front of a computer screen INSTEAD of out there in the sun, 'enjoying' life?

I work in a rather sterile, office-based environment, so on a day-to-day basis I could quite easily be in any part of the world and it wouldn't make any difference whatsoever. The grind of work, the day-to-day stresses and worries, trying to get my family through life as smoothly as possible. It's work, it's not 'fun'.



When I'm working in my PIL's house in Sicily (with the beach on the other side of the road) or even at my own weekend house in Lazio (where I have a garden and a fabulous view) I spend much more time outside than I do when I'm at home in Rome, with a terrace overlooked by about 50 different flats from the two blocks opposite and behind us...


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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It's going to work to my advantage, actually Nov 17, 2008

Richard Jenkins wrote:
Sorry to go on a downer though, but don't you think that one of the ironies of being a translator is spending most of one's time in front of a computer screen INSTEAD of out there in the sun, 'enjoying' life?


Well, Richard, since I now have more clients based in areas where they pay dollars and euros, I'm not going to have to work as hard as I did in the USA. Also, I was paying very high rent in Boston, which won't be the case in Rio, relatively speaking, so I'll be able to get out a lot more. I live alone, which makes things easier, too. I do sympathize, because time was when I was raising two daughters alone and it was tough.


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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True, true, but... Nov 17, 2008

Simon Cole wrote:

And as for Amy going to Rio ... you'll still have to sit inside and close the windows and curtains against all that sunshine (to keep of heat to help the air-con and light so you can see your screen), unless you've got a laptop with an amazing screen that can be seen in daylight. Mine's invisible outside the house!


I honestly don't mind sitting inside and working if I know I'll be able to take a hop over to the beach on my break!


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R-i-c-h-a-r-d  Identity Verified
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Common misconceptions... Nov 17, 2008

I don't go out much during the day, I dare not.

I live in the tropics where the the humidity during the day can reach as high as 80%. It's impossible to work professionally in those sorts of conditions without a properly air-conditioned office. The windows and doors need to firmly shut to keep the cold air in and to keep the hot air out; it's the only way to do professional translation work. Trust me, I've tried sitting in an airy room, on the veranda with fan's whirring, etc...

The best times to go out are either early in the morning, before about 09:30 or later on in the evening when it gets dark. However, it can often be swelteringly humid until late at night, even into the early hours. It's indescribable.

Luckily, the rainy season is nearly upon us. From January we get about 3 months of torrential downpours and the weather cools downs quite a bit. Oh Heaven to my English bones....roll on January.


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