December 17th, 2011

Another one bites the dust (Christmas, that is)

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

I got reminded today by Mrs Weeks that I ought to have sorted out my Christmas shopping by now. Mt daughter remarked that actually, I didn’t have to do any shopping, not until Christmas Eve, because all i do is go to Tescos and buy some chocolate oranges for the kids and Ferrero Rocher for the wife. She is, naturally, quite correct.

Being a bloke of habit, I have, of course, done bugger all. So I’ve spent the afternoon on Play.com, as I usually do. I then spent a while on Argos.co.uk looking at laptops. (second child is off to uni next year).

I’ve placed an order at play and used their special delivery option, so I hope they come good before next weekend, and I have chosen a laptop and given the catalogue number to Mrs Weeks who has promptly popped into town and purchased said item.

What more does a man need to do at Christmas?

The job has kindly fucked up my Christmas again this year so they have changed my late shift on Christmas Eve to what is basically a night shift only I leave an hour earlier than the real night shift, and then I have to be back at work by the time the Queen opens her mouth. Consequently, we have cancelled Christmas and will be celebrating the festivities on Boxing Day.

When I retired, and knowing that I’d come back as a civvy, I had this naive  idea that it was the end of working at Christmas and Bank holidays, more time at home with the wife and kids and an end to having my shifts pushed and pulled at the whim of those working the spreadsheets. I should have known better.

Still, it’s always nice eating fresh roast turkey when everybody else is having turkey sandwiches.

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8 comments

  1. Tony F says:

    Blimy, it isn’t just me then?

    December 18th, 2011 at 14:26

  2. 27 Years Retired says:

    The only other time I have responded to your daily/regular blogging was to advise you to look outside The Job when you were wondering what to do when your time was up. Yes, you do still cling to it a little, such as reading blogs and thinking what the hell is going on? But life in the outside world is much more relaxed. Some of the Management even care about their staff, and I have not had a ‘phone call in the middle of the night sin 1985, and no one ever cancelled my Christmas Day or other BHL.

    December 18th, 2011 at 16:07

  3. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Ditto. And hooray for Play.com. And boo to the government for closing the VAT loophole that made buying online such a pleasure for all these years.

    I`m a lucky Civvy as I don`t do weekends/bank holidays etc, unless something hits the fan out of hours and then I may be called upon.

    Makes up for the years I worked in a shop. Working every Saturday, bank holiday, Christmas Eve etc. Putting Easter eggs in the warehouse in December kind of spoils Christmas.

    My respect and thanks to all who will be working over the festive period. I`m nice to people in shops all year round. Checkout operators are human too!

    December 18th, 2011 at 17:47

  4. Betty Swollox says:

    200 …I am amazed that you are still working for this shit organisation. I understand that bills are to be paid but I would rather fill shelves at Tesco’s for what they pay you as a controller. Wake up!

    December 18th, 2011 at 22:17

  5. 200 says:

    BS, (in more ways than one)

    I suspect you haven’t got a clue what I am paid nor how it compares to a Tesco shelf stacker.

    December 19th, 2011 at 07:30

  6. Ted says:

    But with a pension and lump sum working full time for the police is a choice. You’ve chosen it so you need to take the rough with the smooth.

    I’m retired two years now. I’ve got two part time jobs. My wages are substantially under what a civvy controller gets but neither job makes me work on christmas day. While I usually work 30-35 hours a weeks I can have Thu-Sunday off any week I want. This summer I took 10 weeks off to go cycling
    .

    December 20th, 2011 at 16:27

  7. 200 says:

    Ted,

    you’re absolutely right, and seeing as I’m still doing it after almost 3 years you can see I am taking the rough with the smooth.

    That doesn’t mean I can’t bitch about the bad bits.

    By the way, the lump sum got used up paying off all the debts that I’d accrued over 30 years and getting a few treats.

    But I agree a pension and a salary provide me with a lifestyle I was not able to attain as a mere PC.

    December 20th, 2011 at 17:18

  8. Ted says:

    “That doesn’t mean I can’t bitch about the bad bits”

    Fair comment. And, of course everyone’s circumstances are different. A colleague of mine is working full time in a police civvy role after retiral. In his case he has a second wife 20 years younger and is raising a second young family. My idea of hell (the 2nd young family family bit) but it works for him.

    December 22nd, 2011 at 13:25

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