Ah, Day Shift.
Today is my first day off since transferring shifts, and I can’t express how happy I am about the change.
My new hours are 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., whereas I started at 4:15 before and worked until 12:15. The upside is having (what feels like) a whole lot more free time. I also started with weekends off, though there’s a “merit” system that will probably result is the loss of those days (more on this later). The downside is trying to adjust my sleeping pattern. It’s been a bitch, to say the least.
Last Sunday was my last night on Swing shift. I requested to use PTO to leave a couple hours early so I could attempt to get some sleep, so I went home at 10:15. I ended up in bed by midnight, but I couldn’t sleep. I’m used to staying up until 4 or 5 a.m. and sleeping in til noon or 1. So needless to say my world was turned upside down.
Monday was my first day on Days, and I was up at 7 a.m., feeling pretty good. I learned one of the “day shift only” details right off the bat, and it went pretty smooth. I had to go into the Card Destruction Room, where old playing cards from table games are verified and shredded. It ate up about half of the shift, and I understand the process now. I spent the rest of the day on the floor, and it was relatively dull. One of the major differences between shifts is the fact that it’s really slow for the first portion of the day, and then picks up slightly in the afternoon. Compared to Swing, this took a little adjusting to, as I was used to coming into a busy casino, and dealing with a higher volume of calls. But it’s actually pretty nice, because if I happen to stay up late the night before, I can pretty easily float through the first portion of the day without having much to worry about. By noon I tend to get a second wind, and I’m fine for the rest of the shift.
Tuesday I learned another detail that Day shift handles, which involves the armored truck picking up money from the vault. It was easy enough, and now I’m familiar with the only real differences between the shifts. There are many other idiosyncrasies I’ve discovered, but for the most part their negligible.
Wednesday through Friday was just more of the same. By Friday I had pretty much learned everyone’s names and call signs (put two and two together), and I started getting to know mostly everyone. It’s been a great experience, and will be better once I get acclimated to the sleep schedule. Getting off in the afternoon has been strange, but I have a lot of free time after work, enough to be able to go see a movie, go to a bar, or do something else that’s fun. I get all that I need to done, and then I get to bed at a decent hour.
Another great part is that the shift is a lot less strict about things, so I’m able to talk to other officers for longer periods of time, and I’m starting to make new friends. Within a couple weeks I’m sure I’ll know everyone on the shift pretty well. I’m actually happy to get up and go to work again; it feels like it did when I started working at the casino in the first place.
Thursday night after I got off, I came home and changed. I had to go back to work to get my check, and got that deposited, and then me and Gina decided we would go out to eat and have a beer. We ate at Jack in the Box and then went to Louie’s for a pitcher. We talked, and drank, and it was a nice little evening.
Friday I didn’t have plans, but I did want to find something to do. I ended up going to Cool Cat and picking up As I Lay Dying’s first album, “Frail Words Collapse”. It’s more of the same goodness I’ve come to love, but now I’ll have to find a new band’s music to start buying up. None of the bands I’m currently listening to have anything new coming out any time soon. After buying the cd, I bought Gina some food (I had a late lunch and wasn’t hungry), and then we headed over to the bank to pull some money out, and then to All For Show, to see what Howard was doing for the evening. We gave him a ride back over to his apartment, and after he cleaned up we set out to find something to do. Everyone we called was busy or not doing anything, so we decided to just hit up a bar and see what trouble we could get into. We ended up going to the Palms, which is a relatively new bar in town. I had never been, and it was a pretty cool place, the “hot spot” in town right now, if you will. We got some beers and hung out, and then found out that Amanda and some of her friends were there, and they came over and hung out with us. After a couple pitchers, I suggested we go back to Howard’s, since it would be a lot cheaper to drink somewhere else. So I bought a couple 18 packs and we headed to his apartment. We drank some more and played some Guitar Hero 3, until about 2 a.m. Me and Gina headed home afterwards, and hit the sack.
Today we got up around 11, which is now considered sleeping in for me. I had borrowed my step-dad’s screw-gun previously, and he had been bugging me to bring it back, so we headed to his house first thing. Then we went to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things we needed, and I also picked up Saw IV. Then we came home and ate some lunch, and I started dicking around on the computer. I filed my tax returns, and I’m getting a whopping $900 back, though that’s better than last year. It’s already spent though, I’m buying these rims for my car.
We made some plans for tonight. Howard has been hanging out with Amanda for a while now, and last weekend she took him with her to a bar out in Temecula, which he said was pretty cool. Last night, I suggested we go there tonight and check it out again, and Howard said drinks would be on him. Since I paid for mostly everything last night, I’m not going to refuse the offer. So we’re supposed to go out there tonight, and I’m hoping the place doesn’t suck. But then again, having free drinks in a new atmosphere isn’t much different than having them in an old one.
I’ve been enjoying my free time a lot more lately. I’ve been able to get out and socialize a lot more, and it’s been a blast. I love good times, good beer, and good friends. Tomorrow is going to be “hangover day”, where me and Gina lounge around and do a whole bunch of nothing. I intend to sleep until I feel like getting up, then eating food and watching movies all day. There might be some gaming in there to break things up, but I don’t intend on leaving the house at all. It should be relaxing. I need to get to bed at a decent hour, so I’m going to try to stay low key so I don’t get riled.
That’s about all I have for now kids.