A lady I met in society recently told me how much she missed my column since I’d moved to Baton Rouge. Even as I gently corrected her and wondered how I made it into the Baton Rouge census, she introduced me to a bystander as “Patricia Gannon, who works in Baton Rouge at The Advocate.”

It’s rare you get to watch rumor in the making. Nevertheless the problem persists and for anyone who is still confused, I do not live in Baton Rouge. I do not have a pied-à-terre here, there or anywhere. I do not commute up and down I-10, nor is the sleeping bag in The Advocate’s Johnston Street office mine. It’s for hurricanes.

I am the wave of the future, a telecommuter, a virtual employee who works in the virtual workplace. It is a way to get things done around the clock without commuting and for companies to retain hard-to-find skill sets of which I strive to be one.

According to Forbes, the workplace has changed from one where everyone sits in the same building to a virtual one where many sit remotely but share the same values and culture. In many companies, the percentage is as much as 30 to 45 percent, with the idea of telecommuting an established trend. It requires a certain talent to manage virtual teams, as well as certain attributes to be a virtual employee.

Baton Rouge is like NASA, with space stations in Lafayette and New Orleans. Or think of it as Starfleet Command and the Enterprise. I beam my stuff up.

But while I’m proud to occupy space in the workplace of the future, I prefer the sexier terminology: remote player.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@theadvocate.com.

LPMSA social

The Lafayette Parish Medical Society Alliance gathered at Social for a private fundraising dinner. Whiskey, champagne and seasonal decor greeted guests at the entrance with $25 drinks and a chance to win a one-carat diamond from Paul’s, while LPMSA President Lauren Swan gave out personal hellos. “It’s a great opportunity to support a local medical student, who will then hopefully come back and practice in Lafayette,” she said. On hand were last year’s diamond winners, Kirt and Marlene Swan, and we’d like to personally thank Kevin Ste. Marie for our glass of champagne. “If I win, I get to keep the diamond,” he said. That’s what we figured.

Zonta awards

Zonta of Lafayette recognized several local women for their outstanding achievements with a brunch and silent auction at Maison de Bons Temps. Sister Carmelita Latiolais received Zonta’s Woman of Achievement Award in recognition for her work on behalf of women in Kenya, and scholarships went to Taylor Broussard and Antonia LaDay. Broussard will pursue nursing and LaDay, child and family services. “College is expensive,” said LaDay, who says the money will help pay her tuition. Guests enjoyed mimosas and more, including an invocation by Father Louis Richard, of Abbeville. Zonta is an international organization dedicated to advocacy and the advancement of women. What we loved: That the Rev. Richard takes selfies.

Krewe of Zeus

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had nothing on this group. Zeus celebrated its 50th anniversary this year and what better way to wind it up than a formal dance at the Petroleum Club. Pretty women and handsome men dotted the dance floor despite the LSU-Alabama game and two days of rain. And, among those dressed up for the occasion were a not-to-be overlooked Sherdell Breaux, Helen and Morgan Goudeau, pretty Cynthia Broussard, krewe Commodore Dan Devenport and Don Guidry, who has the most winning masculine smile we’ve seen in a long time.