November 24th, 2010

Oh goodie

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

So we’re due a bit of bad weather, whoopy-fucking-do. Doubtless I’ll come off worse than most people again. I think over the last 10 years of really bad snow, I’ve been at work for most of them & had problems getting home.

I know years ago I was covering in the control room for a few days as someone was on leave. The area got snowed in. I started work at 6 in the morning. I was still there at 6 in the evening. In fact when I looked round at 11.30 at night, I suddenly realised the rest of my shift had gone home & it was just me & the night shift, even the late shift were starting to go home.

It took me an hour to get out of the car park & onto the main road, the roads were so chogged up. I coudn’t get out of the town & spent the night 2 miles from HQ at someone else’s house. I had 3 hours sleep & then g0t up for another shift at work in the same clothes I’d slept in. Meanwhile, the night shift had the bare-faced cheek to ring my wife at 4 in the morning to tell me to get up in plenty of time so I could get in to relieve the night shift.

Two years ago I was on lates again, it took me 3 hours to get home.

Last year I was on lates, it took me an hour to get to the town next to mine & 2 hours to drive  a mile or so across it. I ended up leaving the car & walking 3 miles home. Then to add insult to injury, I fell over on the way home & hurt my shoulder & then had to get up early the next day to walk to my car & drive it to back to work.

So excuse me if I don’t get excited about the impending snow. Whenever it comes I guarantee it won’t be on one of my rest days.

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