Ever since June of last year, I've worked out of my house. I had a couple of different clients, but none of them required I go to their office - so all my work was remote. I'd done this before - in fact all of 2002 I worked out of our house in Morrison. Working at home has its perks: no need to get dressed, fast equipment/network, seeing the family more and highly flexible hours. It also has its downsides. The biggest downside I'm finding is you actually have to work all the time. For the most part, when I worked from home, I wrote code 8 hours+ per day. Sure I'd read blogs and have a conference call every now and then, but for the most part, I was working and thinking the entire time.
After being in an office environment for the past 4 days, I'm finding it's like being on vacation. In an office environment, you typically have meetings. In meetings, you don't really need to think - you just sit their and participate. No coding, no problem solving, just good ol' human interaction and communication. Not only that, but the team I'm on is a great group of guys and I feel like I've been working there for years. Stuff that used to take me 2 days to figure out now takes a couple of hours with a team member's help. Furthermore, since we all have similar interests - there's a fair amount of water-cooler talk. The part I really like is the comradery. You know the kind - where guys insult each other to no end and both parties are laughing the whole time. I can't tell you how many times I've sat in my cube and laughed my ass off while these guys take jabs at each other.
Of course, my perspective could be scewed. I've been working on my Mac all week, which Powerbook owners know is a pleasant experience. It may be slow, but I'm paid hourly, so I don't mind too much. Oh yeah, and the best part? I got a window seat. I can see out over the city as well as the mountains. Life is good in downtown Denver these days.