I grew up in an era when most families had a single phone, which was attached to the wall and had a corded handset (yes, that far-distant time). When I was a teen and in the habit of having long phone conversations, I’d pace back and forth, idly cleaning and straightening up whatever was in my reach. The section of the house within reach of the phone cord was often the neatest part of our house (and my parents eventually got one of the really long 50-foot cords to extend the range of my cleaning).

I hadn’t thought about this in years, but realized today that when working from home and on a teleconference where I don’t have to watch a shared screen too closely, I pace back and forth to the limit of my headset cord’s reach, just as I did when I was a kid.

I might need to find a USB extension cord so I have enough reach to keep my entire office tidy instead of just the part I can currently get to.