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    Saturday, March 26th, 2011
    8:55 am
    [rufushonkeriv]
    CNN article of night workers!

    Normal sleep a 'privilege' for night workers


    So nice to see CNN covering this.  I get so tired of seeing work articles as if everyone works a white collar 9-5 cubicle job.

    On a related note, I was driving home from work two weeks ago half asleep, zoned out, ran a red light and was in an accident.  No one else was hurt, I cracked my kneecap and have been home for two weeks.  My boss was visibly concerned about filling my night shift for two weeks, but I take that more of appreciation for the fact that I've shown up and done it for ten years.
    Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
    3:47 pm
    [samcurlz]
    year and a half.....
    How long I've been working the 3rd shift 10:30-7

    I chose this. I wanted this. Now I hate it. I'm having chronic vitamin D deficiency. I never see the sun especially now since it's winter; shorter days. I go to sleep when it's dark, wake up when it's dark, and work when it's dark. I feel like I live in northern Alaska.

    Training on days sucked. 6:30 am to 3. Way too early. Way too much traffic on the roads, way too much road rage, way too many stress headaches due to the early morning Detroit commute, way too much coffee consumed. That's the only good thing I've found; I drink less caffeine. A cup or two of tea daily versus the 3 or 4 cups of coffee with the afternoon mountain dew.

    I don't meet anyone new. Same people over and over. I think that's my problem. I would switch to days in a heartbeat just so I can meet new people; to be on the same schedule as everyone else. I wouldn't be waking up when everyone else would be coming home and going to happy hour. I never get happy hour anymore. I can't go to normal happy hours because I'll have to go to work. I can't start drinking when I get home from work because I'd be doing it alone. No social gatherings. Maybe I'm just lonely. I'm very thankful that I have a boyfriend that works odd hours as well, but where's the girls' night out? Boo - hiss I say.
    Friday, December 19th, 2008
    1:26 am
    [misskitty_79]
    Just saying "Hi!"
    I've always been a night owl, so when it came time to hit the job market, I automatically gravitated toward bar work. For nearly a decade, my average shift started at 7pm & I'd be finished by 4am, home by 5...
    Recently, I discovered that I wasn't enjoying the work as much as I had in the past, that I'd become jaded. So I decided it was time to move on. Thing is, I knew I wasn't going to cut it working a "regular" nine-to-five shift, so I kept my eyes open for something interesting & lo, what did I come across, but a small, boutique hotel that was looking for a part-time night auditor!
    Two shifts per week, I'm at the frontdesk of The Drake Hotel from 11pm until 7am. The other two or three shifts, I work the afternoon shift. Now, I'd love to do the grave shift on a full-time basis, but the current full-time night auditor likes her job well enough that she's not willing to move away from her nights.
    Unfortunately though, switching back & forth, between afternoons & nights is really starting to affect me & I'm wondering if any of you have any suggestions for how to contend with rotating schedules?

    Current Mood: tired
    Monday, August 18th, 2008
    8:57 pm
    [spiritualcanvas]
    First post
    So this has been my first week working graveyard shift... i work in fast food btw. So far been loving it because I get to deal with all the crazy drunks and meth heads...
    but due to a changing my scheduled days off, I don't have a day off for another week, and its already been a week! This will have been the longest I've gone without a day off. I'm still adjusting to the new night schedule since I used to be a sunny day type of person, and I know I'm going to lose my mind. I can't change it, and I'm desperately looking for someone to trade a day with but I doubt it'll work. I don't know how I;m gonna handle this... I'm so tired as it is...
    Monday, July 7th, 2008
    5:25 pm
    [liquidstarg]
    Sun sensitivity?
    Hey everybody.

    Hope to get some responses here, but meh. Can't expect anything.

    I've been working the overnight shift (9pm-5:30am) for a little more than three months now. The only thing that has been bothering me about the shift is that in the morning when the sun is coming up, I get a terrible headache, almost like my brain is being pierced. I used to love the sun and the only sensitivity I had to it was getting sunburnt in an hour or so (I'm quite pale). I want to enjoy the sun, but even after I get some sleep and walk around my backyard, I still get that pain. I notice that if I force myself to stay outside a while and sit in the shade, the pain subsides.

    Does anybody else experience this? How would you remedy this?
    Thursday, June 5th, 2008
    3:28 am
    [antisocialxgrl]
    * night shift for me? *
    Hello,

    Back story; I think I'm naturally a night owl, and can't handle working 9-5.Collapse )

    What made you decide to work the night shift (or what was the final straw that made you a night shifter)? How is it? Any warnings/praises for a night owl who wants to do it? Can you get a business job working night shift, or are they all call centers and store stockers? Any advice for me? Whatever else you have to add would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks :)

    Current Mood: tired
    Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
    11:49 pm
    [katydiddle]
    Hi All
    I just joined! I work third shift at a Police Department.  I truly enjoy working nights.  More fun, and then the slow hours of the morning to do what you want.  My biggest problem is getting bored when sitting by myself for 8 hours - what do you do to alleviate the boredom during your slow hours?

    Current Mood: jubilant
    Sunday, May 18th, 2008
    3:57 am
    [stiners]
    Anyone still here?
    So...for those of you that either have several days off in a row or have to switch shifts...

    After you get off that last night shift...what's your routine?

    I work 6 on 8 off. My habit is just to stay up as long as possible. I can usually make it to about 6 pm. But that whole afternoon I'm just useless. I don't nap well, so I think this is just the best way.

    I'm just curious what others do.
    Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
    4:35 pm
    [ur_crazy_shadow]
    ANYONE ON HERE?
    Hi does anyone still post on here? I found this community accidently, but it doesnt look like its updated a lot. Sound like the idea could be a good one for a community and there are a good number of ppl signed as members....


    As for me I work graveyard shift on and off and i have a love/hate relationship about it. Would like to talk to other ppl about thier thoughts on working the same shift.  Let me know if anyone is out there willing to actually post.  Thanks.
    Thursday, February 7th, 2008
    5:09 pm
    [olgitafajita]
    Journalist looking for night owls
    Hi,

    My name is Olga Pierce and I am a reporter for the Columbia News Service, a features newswire affiliated with the New York Times.

    I am writing because I am working on a story about night owls, and I am looking for people who work night shifts because they are more in tune with their internal clocks. I would love to hear about the advantages, disadvantages -- and craziness -- of working at night.

    If you would be willing to talk with me, or just want more information, please e-mail me ASAP at omp2111_AT_columbia.edu.

    Thanks,
    Olga
    Sunday, March 4th, 2007
    3:09 am
    [m0nkeyboy]
    It is almost 3 in the morning
    I got a call from room345 saying there was a disturbance in the hallway, all my security is gone for the night so I grabbed my keys and headed to the third floor. I heard shouting and whitling as I came out of the elevator but did not see anything. I went down the hall and made the turn towards the long hall way. the suit room 321 was open and the riotous noise was coming from with in. When I turned the corner and peered inside the open room I was shocked at what I saw. There were 4 guys in the room and two girls. the girls were in a state of undress and the guys all but one had there members out and were cheering the girls on. One guy was on the bed with the girls. "excuse me, Guest security here, I hate to bother you all but could you please close your door and keep your voices down a bit. The guys watching turned around and said they were sorry I just nodded and closed there door for them. What is wrong with people? I do not mind the fact that they were doing wild things in there room but have the common respect of others to close your freaking door. I have not had anymore complaints but this is deffinately one for the record books. Our hotl has good live music excellent food and drinks and the parties I have witnessed here are way over the top but for the most part our guests respect that others are here to sleep not to raise hell. I can not beleive what I witnessed tonight. On a night I am missing my wife and longing to be home, now I really want to be home. I truely hope that I do not get any more calls about disturbances tonight I do not know how much more I can take of this. I can not wait until I do not have to work saturdays any more.
    Saturday, January 27th, 2007
    12:53 am
    [m0nkeyboy]
    At work again I should just live here
    It is wide open tonight the locals favorite band "Spare Change" is in house tonight. No rowdyness yet but the bar does not close until 2:00am and the band wont stop until 1:30am. Some nights the bar stops serving but remains open until 4:30am. Quite a few drunk people staggering in the lobby. Guests calling down about the loud music. Ahhh just another day. I have only been here for about two hours and I have already seen one of our local news anchors drunk of her ass. A couple had to be removed for getting a bit to friendly in the lobby, A drug deal went down over by the buisness center, The bar is quite full a few gentle men were ordered cabs by the bouncers, but other than that it has been quite a pleasent night. I have called about 40 cabs. We found all the shells from the shooting last saterday there were a total of 13 shells and only one copper jacketed 40 caliber round was recovered. The police did not colect the shells or the bullet. Prints? Striations? dont they watch csi? Granted the shells were comprimised by the hotel employees (I used a kleen-ex) but the bullet was intact and had good grooving. Oh well. Now our t v personality is getting alot of attention some one must have recognized her Kara Lusk I forget what station she anchors on. The comeadian that performed at the Hilton's convention center tonight is staying with us and all night I have been divertibng her phone calls and potential evening dates. It must have been some performance. The guests have been very nice this evening. Only one complaint about the loud music. It feels like it might still be a long night though I do not really know why but I feel it.

    Current Mood: busy
    Friday, January 26th, 2007
    1:30 am
    [m0nkeyboy]
    this was on my friend dark_island 's journal I just had to share it



    WOMEN'S ENGLISH

    1. Yes = No.
    2. No = Yes.
    3. Maybe = No.
    4. We need = I want.
    5. I am sorry = you'll be sorry.
    6. We need to talk = you're in trouble.
    7. Sure, go ahead = you better not.
    8. Do what you want = you will pay for this later.
    9. I am not upset = of course I am upset, you moron!
    10. You're very attentive tonight = is sex all you ever think about?

    MEN'S ENGLISH

    1. I am hungry = I am hungry.
    2. I am sleepy = I am sleepy.
    3. I am tired = I am tired.
    4. Nice dress = Nice cleavage!
    5. I love you = let's have sex now.
    6. I am bored = Do you want to have sex?
    7. May I have this dance? = I'd like to have sex with you.
    8. Can I call you sometime? = I'd like to have sex with you.
    9. Do you want to go to a movie? = I'd like to have sex with you.
    10. Can I take you out to dinner? = I'd like to have sex with you.
    11. Those shoes don't go with that outfit = I'm gay.

    And finally.....

    A recent scientific study found that women find different male faces
    attractive depending on where they are in their menstrual cycle.
    For example, when a woman is ovulating she will prefer a man with
    rugged, masculine features.

    However when she is menstruating, she prefers a man doused in petrol
    and set on fire, with scissors stuck in his eyeball.
    Thursday, January 25th, 2007
    12:18 am
    [m0nkeyboy]
    What a night it has been ! And its just started.
    It is only midnight and I have learned that the worst customer service person we have is now the front desk manager. My sales manager is homosexual. My friend and co-worker (he works second shift) is tooting coke and about to sleep with a couple that he met in the bar. My current front desk manager has always wanted to sleep with him. Just about everyone that works here does some sort of drugs and drinks to excess. I love my job.

    Current Mood: amused
    Sunday, January 7th, 2007
    12:33 am
    [eshm]
    Fight, Fight, Fight!
    pretty nasty fight outside in the parking lot. see after pub is done with people and close, we get them at our restaurant. unbelievable some of the people drove there and will be driving away after eating and making a loud nasty mess over anything in-between them and their automobiles.

    Current Mood: blank
    Saturday, January 6th, 2007
    11:45 am
    [jaxita]
    Hiya :)
    Just joined & thought I'd take a moment to say hi..so yeah, hi. :)

    I work 3rd at a metals & machinery plant here in western Michigan..auto industry stuff, par for the course in Michigan. Have worked 3rd on & off for 20 years in various industries (health care, photofinishing, & misc. production jobs), & I love it; it takes a special breed to be able to handle working nights, don't you agree? :)

    So what sort of work do ya'll do? I always find it interesting, to learn what others are up to all night.. :)

    Current Mood: optimistic
    Saturday, December 9th, 2006
    2:29 am
    [siren_of_psych]
    Hello and is anyone up now?
    Hey,

    I'm Noelle.

    I'm a charge RN at a state psychiatric institution.

    I work straight nights; 10 hour shifts. I LOVE it.

    If anyone is up right now and wants to check on AIM or Yahoo, I have them both open.

    I have been on sick leave for nearly two months and my first night back is tomorrow, so I am struggling to stay awake through tonight so I can get back on schedule for tomorrow.

    I have played so many games of Solitaire that it's putting me to sleep and I think I've watched everything on youtube 3 times over.

    HELP! Someone keep me awake!

    I'm nambrose@mac.com on AIM and noelleambrose on Yahoo

    I am not a freak. Well, I have a weird sense of humor, but I'm not a freak, other than the fact that I enjoy night shift.

    Help! I'm fading fast!
    Friday, November 10th, 2006
    1:01 am
    [savagebadger]
    Introduction type thingy
    I noticed this community through a friend's page who I am stalking. Since I recently got transferred to third shift at the plant that I work at, I thought it would be a good idea to join.

    I work in the tool crib of a manufacturing plant that makes oilwells. Mostly it's a boring and lonely job. Unless you find carbide endmills and sandpaper to be funny, then it's absolutely hillarious!

    -Uncle Andy
    Proud member of S.M.U.T.L.U.V.
    Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
    3:03 pm
    [eshm]
    NaNo?
    Any other third shifters out there participating in NaNoWriMo?

    Current Mood: tired
    Monday, October 10th, 2005
    11:41 pm
    [lost_grace]
    Hi
    I just started my first third-shift job as a night auditor at a hotel. I also have a day job. (bleck i know but I need the money.) Oh, yeah, my name is Megan. I was just saying hi to everyone and wondering if anyone has any advice for me. I work 11 PM to 7 AM at the hotel and then 11 am to 4 pm as a server so my day is pretty packed, I don't know what I should do or how to do it. Lol. Sorry this is disorganized but tonight (I'm at work) is my first shift so I'm a little tired and I little wired from lots of caffiene and nicotiene.)

    Anyway, thank you to anyone who has any advice to offer.

    And thank you to the maintainer for making this.
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