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  • #16
    Originally posted by not.in.MY.town View Post

    Joke?
    No not at all. Op is newer at the job, so he shouldn't be rubbing people the wrong way. Secondly and more importantly its dangerous. That being said im not on any job related to L.E but I can definitely say its not safe. Take my comment however you would like but it has op's well being in mind. Couches are for naps...work is for being awake.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by thebigsnapple View Post

      No not at all. Op is newer at the job, so he shouldn't be rubbing people the wrong way. Secondly and more importantly its dangerous. That being said im not on any job related to L.E but I can definitely say its not safe. Take my comment however you would like but it has op's well being in mind. Couches are for naps...work is for being awake.
      I asked if you were joking because I couldn't tell if you were trying to be funny or you misunderstood the OP's post.

      It is now apparent that you misunderstood his post...so allow me to clarify: What Shorty was saying is that when you work nights you can take a nap AFTER WORK and still be able to do stuff during part of the day (before returning to work that night). He did NOT mean to say that he's taking naps at work. Anybody who has ever worked night shift would realize how his post was meant.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by not.in.MY.town View Post

        I asked if you were joking because I couldn't tell if you were trying to be funny or you misunderstood the OP's post.

        It is now apparent that you misunderstood his post...so allow me to clarify: What Shorty was saying is that when you work nights you can take a nap AFTER WORK and still be able to do stuff during part of the day (before returning to work that night). He did NOT mean to say that he's taking naps at work. Anybody who has ever worked night shift would realize what his post meant.
        Well I hope not!haha...thanks for clarifying

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        • #19
          It's no fun, that's for sure. But you will miss numerous holidays, birthdays, anniversaries etc. The best thing to do is "embrace the suck" with your coworkers and let the family enjoy the day as best they can. Try and set up a separate day(s) for just you guys to enjoy.

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          • #20
            Happy Thanksgivingto you, shortyj,...and to everybody else who has to spend the holiday away from their loved ones!

            Make the best of it, keep your loved ones in your thoughts, and stay safe everyone!

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            • #21
              Nothing like running warrants on Thanksgiving day! Nearly halfway done with my first shift. One more to go! :-)
              Getting shot hurts! Don't under estimate the power of live ammo. A .22LR can kill you! I personally feel that it's best to avoid being shot by any caliber. Your vest may stop the bullet, but you'll still get a nice bruise or other injury to remember the experience.

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              • #22
                Don’t be selfish, and get used to the life of missing holidays and special occasions.

                I’ve made a habit of volunteering to work holidays so guys with wives and kids can enjoy the day. It’s not required, but it’s a nice gesture that shows senior guys that you aren’t a typical punk rookie.

                I worked 16 hours on Thanksgiving. That covered most of my Christmas shopping.

                Make the best of it and soon enough you’ll be senior enough to get the time off. In order to get that, you have to put the time in.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by BP3 View Post
                  Don’t be selfish, and get used to the life of missing holidays and special occasions.

                  I’ve made a habit of volunteering to work holidays so guys with wives and kids can enjoy the day. It’s not required, but it’s a nice gesture that shows senior guys that you aren’t a typical punk rookie.

                  I worked 16 hours on Thanksgiving. That covered most of my Christmas shopping.

                  Make the best of it and soon enough you’ll be senior enough to get the time off. In order to get that, you have to put the time in.
                  I pulled a double so one of the junior guys got Thanksgiving off with his wife and newborn. I enjoyed working on Thanksgiving. Everyone seemed so much more cooperative than usual. :-)
                  Getting shot hurts! Don't under estimate the power of live ammo. A .22LR can kill you! I personally feel that it's best to avoid being shot by any caliber. Your vest may stop the bullet, but you'll still get a nice bruise or other injury to remember the experience.

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                  • #24
                    Working holidays never really bothered me. If you’re not able to be there the day of the holiday or occasion the customary solution is to celebrate close to that day, either before or after. Ask any parent who has been divorced about it.

                    Besides, you get all the fun calls on holidays. That’s when the families get together, drink too much and fight.

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                    • #25
                      Some people get really hung up on how things "have to be."

                      As long as you can celebrate the holiday with your family sometime fairly close to the actual holiday you're good. The problem is when the significant other has a fixed idea of how things "have to be" and isn't flexible or understanding about your schedule

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Jeff22 View Post
                        Some people get really hung up on how things "have to be."

                        As long as you can celebrate the holiday with your family sometime fairly close to the actual holiday you're good. The problem is when the significant other has a fixed idea of how things "have to be" and isn't flexible or understanding about your schedule
                        This is so very true, it's how I have done it. Funny how now that I am in CID I have the holidays off, but my wife usually doesn't....we make it work.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Jeff22 View Post
                          Some people get really hung up on how things "have to be."

                          As long as you can celebrate the holiday with your family sometime fairly close to the actual holiday you're good. The problem is when the significant other has a fixed idea of how things "have to be" and isn't flexible or understanding about your schedule
                          Exactly.

                          My mom was a nurse so growing up Christmas and the major holidays were always celebrated on a different day because we knew she was going to have to work. It's the same thing I do now that I have a wife and son. So Christmas was celebrated on the 23rd or the 27th, who really cares? You still got to spend a day with the family and made bank working on the actual holiday.

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                          • #28
                            I never worked a single Christmas in my entire career. When I firsts started, I was was assigned to a station 400 miles from home and asked for Christmas off to be with family. That was denied because of low seniority. But, a wise old Captain pointed out that no one scheduled vacation during December and there were several open vacation slots at Christmas. I changed my request from personal time to vacation and never missed the holiday with family, even after I got transfrered back home.
                            Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by L-1 View Post
                              I never worked a single Christmas in my entire career. When I firsts started, I was was assigned to a station 400 miles from home and asked for Christmas off to be with family. That was denied because of low seniority. But, a wise old Captain pointed out that no one scheduled vacation during December and there were several open vacation slots at Christmas. I changed my request from personal time to vacation and never missed the holiday with family, even after I got transfrered back home.
                              In my old agency you had to have 20 yrs on to get a December vacation

                              Even as a high seniority supervisor on midnight I didn't get Christmas off until my Captain retired because he had more time in than I did. When he was replaced by a Captain who had MUCH less seniority than I did she was torked because I was senior ......and got the Vacation over her
                              Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

                              My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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                              • #30
                                I work whatever days I am assigned to and celebrate when I can
                                Former Police Officer (Injured LOD)
                                USAF VETERAN 2004-2012
                                "The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day."-LTC Grossman
                                Emergency Services Dispatcher, APG MD

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