Who has to work on Christmas?


December 25, 2002, 01:36 AM
Prisons never close, so I have to be there. Oh well. Double time and a half.

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December 25, 2002, 01:37 AM
Me, too - also prison! I'm Chaplain at a Federal max-sec. penitentiary. I'll be getting up at 5.30 a.m. to be there early for my first Christmas service.

December 25, 2002, 01:38 AM
I freelance for a 2nd job. Working right now...

December 25, 2002, 01:49 AM
Preacherman, I'll be there at 3:00pm ready to keep inmates in line. We'll probably spend the night looking for homemade hootch that inmates tend to make on holidays like this.

December 25, 2002, 02:09 AM
Hooch - don't tell me... We had an interesting case recently. An inmate (who obviously has a great deal of engineering skill!) rigged up an electrically-powered still in three major components. Each of them was stored in different cells. At night, just before the doors were to be locked, his mates would smuggle them into his cell, and he and his cellmate would distill liquor all night long. They were buying the home-made "horrible hooch" (and boy, does it taste foul! I need a barf smilie!) for about $5 a bottle (20 oz. soda bottle, that is) and then distilling it into 90-proof alcohol. It even tasted good! They were selling their end product for about $50 per bottle... When we caught them, half the compound went into mourning (or was that the DT's??? :D ). He and his mates will be spending many months in the hole over that one. Personally, I suggested that he should be given a job in maintenance instead - with that kind of mechanical aptitude, he'd be a cinch to be the most useful inmate on the work crew! :D

December 25, 2002, 02:17 AM
Sounds like some of the homemade tattoo guns we've found. Some of these things would rival some of the best factory made guns that you might find in a tatto magazine. These guys have nothing but time to think and to design and build their projects. Ever seen a picture frame made out of a Frito bag? Or a jewelry box made out of cardboard, drinking straws, or tightly rolled paper? I've seen twisted rope made out of toilet paper that I wouldn't be afraid to rappel with.

December 25, 2002, 03:41 AM
Jeez; and I've only got to deal with drunks, cheapskates and idiots on Christmas.........:rolleyes:

December 25, 2002, 03:46 AM
I don't even get to deal with that..I'm watching the metal rust at a nuclear power plant. This is the fourth Xmas in a row and it looks like I'll be right here next year too. oh well, somebody has to do it.

H&K Fan
December 25, 2002, 04:37 AM
That is where I am, working nights at a nuclear facility near you (actually probably not near you). Double time and a half and for bonus points I will be off for 2 weeks starting Thursday morning.

shfttrsh - ever been to nukeworker.com? It is very interesting for personnel on the inside of the nuclear scene.

Heck, guess I am a plank owner but not sure.

December 25, 2002, 05:48 AM
This is my first time off for the week in 14 years. I am actually of Christmas eve through to Monday 12-30.

However, I am working New Years Eve & Day!

Oh well, I'll enjoy this week!

December 25, 2002, 08:28 AM
I'm currently beating the hell out of a Windows server for refusing to run an SAP instance that is quite important for my employer.

Actually, a few our people called our help desk this morning to complain that their SAP instance wasn't working at 5 AM today.

I'm slowly asking myself if these people have nothing better to do than to work on Christmas day, 5 AM, to prepare their work in January. I'm workaholic, but during this time, I just solve incidents. All the work has been done before, including the preparatives for a very large SAP instance on Windows 2000.

For people that work in 24h situations like nurses, corrections officers, and nuke plant operators, I can understand. To all of them,


December 25, 2002, 08:34 AM
Are any of you working in a gun store, on a shooting range, or otherwise currently involved, however peripherally, with firearms?

The Grinch ;)

December 25, 2002, 08:37 AM
... I wish I was at the range! Lock and load ... :D

December 25, 2002, 08:43 AM
Keepin' the lights on at a coal fired generation facility. 12 hrs of double time & 1/2 but would rather be home with the wife & kids.
Oh well, sure beats the Christmas I spent in boot camp!

December 25, 2002, 09:12 AM
I have been sick as a dog and have not worked since Friday. I have missed about 10 hours of OT and 20 hours of regular time since then. It sucks almost bad enough to wish I was working today. We are off for the week and I can't wait for next Monday, although I will enjoy my time with the wife and kids. We are gonna go squirrel and rabbit hunting and shoot some clays from the back porch. We might have to try the clays this afternoon in the snowstorm that is headed this way. Might be fun.

Our thoughts go out to everyone who is working today. I spent many lonely holidays in the Navy and know how you feel. Merry Christmas to you and yours and thanks for looking after those of us who are not working today.

December 25, 2002, 09:18 AM
I've been off since Friday and I won't go back till next Thursday.


Dave Markowitz
December 25, 2002, 09:38 AM
I'm a field systems engineer for a large cable company and ISP, and I'm covering on call duties for another coworker. We swapped Thanksgiving and XMas days. Sure hope I don't get called to go out somewhere.

December 25, 2002, 10:07 AM
I am working today, as Hotels never close! I won't complain however, as many in our country are without work this year...

Larry Merry Christmas

December 25, 2002, 10:20 AM
I'm flying left to right. Coast that is.

But I do have a couple of shooting mags to keep me company.

Also have a new Bushmaster sitting at home waiting for it's first trip to the range.

Merry Christmas, all.

December 25, 2002, 10:38 AM
I'll be in work too. Global companies show a disturbing tendency to actually put facilities in other countries that don't celebrate the same holidays. Therefore, systems support is still necessary. Fortunately I get double time and I get 2 days added to my vacation time.

2nd Amendment
December 25, 2002, 10:45 AM
This is the first time in my life that I am sitting home on Christmas. Ten days paid, my new house is done(a log home in a meadow in a woods on a lake, no less!), just got the last disbursement on the loan and paid up all the bills I was about to default on. We just got nearly a foot of snow and I don't have to worry about it. Snow no longer screws up my work and paycheck and there's two 4x4's in the driveway(OK, there's one at each end of the drive since it's a half mile long and I wanted to be sure at least one could move) so I can still go as I please.

The store my wife plays management in is open today. They didn't even ask her to work it. House just filled up with family as I type this...

Can you tell I'm thankful this Christmas season? Hope everyone else is doing good, too. Merry Christmas gang. :D

December 25, 2002, 11:04 AM
Self employed. I pretty much work every holiday at least for a few hours.

December 25, 2002, 12:29 PM
First Christmas off in 4 years. :D The best news is that our annual leave schedule is done for next year, and I snagged Christmas and New Years then, too.

Seniority. Its a Good Thing (tm).

Merry Christmas, all.


December 25, 2002, 12:46 PM
Hope so. I got laid off by Scrooge Dec 10th and started a new job yesterday, and am 'On Call' today. It seems the new boss man wanted the rest of the week off.

Double time today with traveltime both ways COD. People will usually put repairs off at the rate of $120 an hr but you just can't leave houseguests cold on Christmas!

The furnace man is always well received in a cold house, and is usually sent home with goodies.

(Hey Coronach, you in Columbus? Is D. Fran still there? He's the one used to slow me down when I was tearing around Clintonville in my 69 Chevelle years ago...)

December 25, 2002, 02:00 PM

Who knows? I may be working in a tower. Then I'll be working with guns.

December 25, 2002, 03:57 PM
Well, i have to work today because the recently popular large corporation based in houston needs 24 hour security because of a few crooked people. I would rather be home with the wife. Havn't had a christmas off in 5 years. The only good part is that i am provided internet access and cable tv. Maybe I shouldn't be bitter. Some people don't have jobs to go to this year.

Dan Morris
December 25, 2002, 04:17 PM
Wishing a Merry Christmas to the Military/PD/Fire/EMT and volunter SR folks that are standing between the rest of us and disaster this Christmas.
Keep safe n go home to loved ones!

December 25, 2002, 05:20 PM
I worked last night, got in at 5:30 a.m. this morning, and am working again tonight! And its not working in a gun store, but I am armed while working.

December 25, 2002, 07:33 PM
I do, but oh well. - that's publication deadlines for you!

That means I don't get to play with my "new toys" for awhile, but that will also mean I get to have an extra fun day at the range! :D

Back to work now....

December 25, 2002, 07:47 PM
Already worked today- hey, I'm the new guy.
Now I get time for family and friends.

December 25, 2002, 07:58 PM
I drove out to the gun range this morning to open up office long enough to pour a fresh bowl of Meow Mix for Bud. Tam, does that count as gun related ?

Beyond that, "off" today. But ... I had to bust it bigtime on Christmas eve. I had scheduled and previously posted on DCSA and TP&W web sites a "hunter ed. home study completion course" for 0900 on the 24'th, believing it might "fit" for a handfull of college kids home for the holidays. As of Monday night, only 4 students had preregistered. When I got to range around 8:30 yesterday morning, the parking lot was full of folks wanting to buy last minute gift certificates for handgun classes or sign up for the 0900 hunter ed. class.

The 0900 class maxed out - filling all 10 chairs and still having to seat two teenager's Dads on 5-gallon buckets! (Lotsa folks waited until the 11'th hour on more than just shopping.) I'm afraid the "mandatory" hunter skills trail portion of that 5-hour course got "abbreviated" due to absolutely face-numbing north winds! Greybeard was definitely ready for a hot shower and nap.

December 25, 2002, 09:58 PM
Then my squadron commander sent everybody home. He'll probably do it again on New Years.

Just hope my fellow Air Force and DoD compatriots stuck in the Ickystan regions get some well-deserved time off today.

Standing Wolf
December 25, 2002, 10:09 PM
I spent the morning painting, although that's art, not walls. If I hadn't run out of wall paint, I might have started the next phase of work on the hall.

If it hadn't been so chilly, of course, I'd have said to @#$%^&! with all my responsibilities and gone to the range.

December 25, 2002, 10:22 PM
I arrived at the hospital at 07:00 this morning. It's now 20:17 and I'm still at the hospital. I so need a nap! The patients don't want to be here any more than the rest of us, so we just smile and wish each other a Merry Christmas and do what we can to get them home ASAP.

Merry Christmas y'all.:)

December 25, 2002, 11:42 PM
Had X-mas off this year after working the last 4!
Have to work New Years Day

December 26, 2002, 12:02 AM
I worked Christmas for the last six years. The H*LL I say, I called in sick. And to Preacherman and the others that work in a prison, "Prison walls , do not a prison make." Oh yeah! We all have are own prisons, some by our own making and some not.;) :D

December 26, 2002, 12:18 AM
... but it was in 1997. Worked every one since then.

Current job we work seven days a week, so yep, I was working Christmas day... New Year's, too.

(obligatory gun content) An MP and I talked about the Beretta for a few moments yesterday ( :D @ Tam) (/obligatory gun content)

My biggest gripe about Christmas this year was the fact that Sen. Loserman was here at PSAB yesterday at the chow hall. Luckily, I was sitting all the way at the other end and couldn't hear him - didn't even see him all that much, thank goodness.

Now if he'd been in one of the serving lines when I came through, I would've gone to the other line... :D :D

December 26, 2002, 01:51 AM
Me too. Midnight shift MP for BlackHawk Co.

December 26, 2002, 02:09 AM
I am working on more posts....need to catch up with Blackhawk

December 26, 2002, 05:06 AM
Originally posted by Dan Morris
Wishing a Merry Christmas to the Military/PD/Fire/EMT and volunter SR folks that are standing between the rest of us and disaster this Christmas.
Keep safe n go home to loved ones!


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