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January 1st, 2009

New Beginnings

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

So, the first of January 2009, first day of the new year; the year I retire from a 30 year career in the police force.

I’m currently in negotiations with the HR department to sort out my last working day. Ordinarily, it would be on the day which marks 30 years in the job, but I have some leave owed to me together with some cancelled rest days which will mean I finish work a couple of weeks earlier than my retirement date. I think we’ve got the right week to finish but there is some debate on the amount of cancelled rest days I have, HR seem to think I have less than I think. Doubtless, it will be solved with a set of rounds of emails.

I had New Year’s Eve off this year, which made a really nice change, at least it would have made a nice change had I not been ill. I ended up making a token gesture of seeing the New Year in on the couch with Jules Holland & managed half a glass of Bucks Fizz. It hardly seems fair working so many New Years and when you get the chance to have a good old fashioned piss-up, you’re taken out of the game by some bloody sickness. And I can’t even claim the day back as it’s a rest day.

A few years ago, we were working New Year’s Eve so the shift decided to just postpone it. We had a party on our next rest days which would have been around the 4th of January. We’d recorded the BBC’s TV show and had a proper countdown to midnight as if it was the actual event. Ironically, it was one of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations I’ve ever had, only it wasn’t New Year’s Eve.

Back to feeling sorry for myself; I’m actually lying in bed with my laptop propped up against my knees writing this, there is not a whiff of alcohol anywhere to be had, and there hasn’t been all day, mind you there hasn’t been any food all day either.

Part of me is hoping it clears up tomorrow while another part is hoping it lasts until the next shift so I can go sick & rerun New Year’s Eve again.