Slate technology columnist Farhad Manjoo (he had us at his name) has a spectacularly funny first-person story out today about hiring a virtual personal assistant in India. He refers the first one as Mr. F and the second as Mr. P. We like Mr. P better because Mr. F is a wreck and takes too long to do simple tasks. Mr. P is still somewhat of a wreck.
As Manjoo explains it , he tried to outsource his life because he wanted to free himself of life’s annoying details. He says he’s always “teetering on the edge of work-life chaos.” At one point Manjoo has Mr. P transcribe one of his interviews — the result is disastrous.
“I had a dream,” Majoo writes in his piece. “Some people yearn for wealth, others fame. Me, I’ve always aimed for a life free of annoyance, of drudgery, of all of the little pointless things you’ve got to do to keep living and working—things like answering email and changing out of your pajamas and making sure you show up to appointments on time.”