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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7 comments

  1. Oscar says:

    BUT IT NEVER SNOWS

    IT’S THE WRONG TYPE OF SNOW/LEAVES/RAIN/WIND/WHATEVER METEOROLOGICAL EVENT/WHATEVER

    It caught us by surprise.

    We didn’t buy enough grit as we spent it all on our BMW’s and snow tires thus we have no monies left to spend on you.

    November 25th, 2010 at 01:44

  2. shijuronotgeorgedixon says:

    My fave snow call…

    ‘kids are throwing snowballs…’

    ‘yes miss, they have been for the last 10,000-years or so…’

    November 25th, 2010 at 11:21

  3. Fee says:

    Our management took the opportunity today to remind staff that if snow prevents their journey to work, it’ll cost them a day’s holiday. The holiday year is almost over, and an awful lot of people have no days left – so they’ll just phone in sick, instead.

    November 25th, 2010 at 13:17

  4. Gary says:

    Do what the schools do!

    November 25th, 2010 at 15:29

  5. Bill in Canada says:

    Not to incur the wrath of 200, or my fellow readers, but you guys don’t know what “snow” is! :-)

    November 25th, 2010 at 18:47

  6. anon says:

    http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/North-Yorkshire-Chief-Constable-Grahame-Maxwell-Faces-Gross-Misconduct-Hearing-IPCC-Says/Article/201011415830466?lpos=UK_News_News_Your_Way_Region_7&lid=NewsYourWay_ARTICLE_15830466_North_Yorkshire_Chief_Constable_Grahame_Maxwell_Faces_Gross_Misconduct_Hearing%2C_IPCC_Says

    worth a read, may lighten the mood

    November 25th, 2010 at 22:32

  7. 200 says:

    Bill,

    which is all the more frustrating that the country falls to pieces when it comes & I end up getting shafted

    November 25th, 2010 at 23:07

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