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Saturday, August 11, 2012 17:17 | Jeffrey Backus

Although it has only been an hour or so since I worked on Chapter 6, I feel a need to update what's been going on with me recently.

Work:  I've been on the night shift since October 2011.  It has not been as much fun as the first night shift rotation, but time is still flying by.  We were supposed to rotate back to the day shift after the 4th of July Holiday, but the powers decided to "hold off".  Apparently there is a new schedule in the works; we have been informed that the work schedule will return to a "3 Platoon Watch" working four 10 hour shifts each day... ie 4 10's.  Each person will be assigned to a squad that works four days in a row the three days off either on "days, midshift, or nights".  Upside is less hours worked each day, downside is more days worked per month and very little overtime.  (Losing the overtime equates to about a 30% pay cut).  I can't complain too much because I do have a job that I enjoy.

I did have a great opportunity for a promotion to Police Sergeant.  Everything looked good until I choked during the Interview.  Although I am at least as qualified as about one half of those selected for promotion, I realize that I do not have the experience required to perform as a Sergeant.  My heart is also not into moving into a supervisory position;  I am willing to accept those duties and learn "on the job", I just do not desire to do it. 

Home:  Not much if any changes here.  We still plan on moving to Colorado after I "retire" from my current job OR find a similiar job in Colorado.  My yard has become very overgrown, I will have to devote many "off days" this winter to trimming trees and bushes.

Hobbies:  My '37 International Pickup project has moved forward significantly;  I finally addressed the rusty gas tank issue by replacing it with a new aluminum fuel cell.  Now I can drive about 150 miles between stops.  Except that now I have to take care of the loose sheet metal and worn out rear suspension that I was able to ignore when the truck just sat in my shop between 5 mile "test runs".  (I had to change the fuel filter every 20 miles or so due to the rust in the gas tank).


27 Sept 2012 - Remembering (or trying) what I was doing the last two days of my civilian life.  I was probably packing and storing my "stuff", saying goodbyes or seeyalaters and wondering if I made the right decision about my future life.

I am now working the morning shift, 0500 until 1500 Friday through Monday, with Tuesday through Thursday "off".  I enjoy the "short" days, but not so much the "short" paychecks.  The new schedule does not offer much, if any overtime, where the old schedule (12-14 hour days) required 10 to 15 hours of overtime every two weeks. 


  • Saturday, August 11, 2012 18:27 | Carol Grice
    Jeff, I find this interesting to say the least. The 10 hr. shifts for 4 days with 3 days off was started in Nursing at least 20 years ago. The nurses seemed to love it. Mostly I think is it gave them more time with their kids. As I remember it was done mostly with the staff on ICU. Good to hear you enjoy your job. Liking your job makes it easier to deal with changes.

    Sounds like you aren't spending enough time on your hobby or your yard. Must be because of working the night shift.
    That was always my most dreaded shift and as an Ensign, because I was reliable (or so they said) I worked so much night duty the corpsmen would say "Miss Andersen, are you on night duty again or still". And at that time (1954) we had a 6 day work schedule.
    Take care. I have missed hearing from you.
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