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Posted about 2 years ago

 

 Okay. I gotta admit it. Sometimes even I can make myself look silly.


 


My PD works a 5-2, 5-3 schedule, steady shifts. That means 5 days on - 2 days off, 5 days on - 3 days off. I am assigned the day shift (7 am to 3 pm). Lately there has been a lot of OT as well. 


Last Saturday I woke up at 5 am, showered, got ready to go to work (it's an hour ride to work), and looked outside. It snowed overnight and the road crews hadn't been on top of the accumulation as well as usual. Seeing the road was covered, I decided to take the Pontiac SSE my son uses for school. It has front wheel drive (compared to my 2 wheel drive Dodge Dakota) and usually handles snow fairly well. I left for work a little early to give myself time to drive cautiously. 


About 10 minutes into the trip the car suddenly decided to steer itself toward a guard rail and ditch along the side of the road. I wasn't travelling too fast but everything I did to avoid sliding into the ditch failed me. Off the road I went, but for good measure I "kissed" the guardrail with the front fender. As I sat in the ditch I pondered my situation. I looked at the fender and it didn't look too bad - the wheel was undamaged and the car seemed to have handled the mishap okay.


I set out to get myself back on the road. It took several attempts but I managed to right the ship. I headed back down the road toward Interstate 80 (the main road to work for me). I was surprised at the volume of traffic for the day and hour. Also, the road crews hadn't done the greatest job to this point clearing the highway. It wasn't long before traffic had come to a complete stop. Just ahead of me I could see the Department of Transportation had set up a road block and wasn't allowing traffic to move.


I looked at the time and realized that I wasn't going to make it to work in time for my shift. I called headquarters and advised them of my situation. I asked for one of the off-going officers to cover for me. The sergeant said he would check with the men and call me back. A minute later he called to say that no one could stay (that's a whole different rant). I told him to let my supervisor know that I was stuck (for what turned out to be an overturned dump truck on the road ahead) and that I would be in as soon as I could be. 


Then it happened...


The sergeant on the phone said, "Nick, why are you coming in? Today's your day off!" Apparently, I had mixed up my work schedule when I worked the extra shifts. All I could do was reply sheepishly, "OK. I guess I'll just go home." And I did.


Later on in the daylight, I got a better look at the fender. If I didn't know better, I'd swear an elephant backed up against it and left its butt imprint there.


Has anything like this happened to anyone else here? Or am I the only one?


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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Have to laugh because I did something similar.  working a ton of OT as well, I lost track of my days off.  It was when we worked 10's we did 5-4 5-4 6-4.  Only thing was I actually  showed up.  The midnight Sgt. just started the line up with..."Who wants to go home?"  Everyone looked kind of puzzled and someone asked why?  He said since KK  has been nice enough to donate 10 hrs of his time so maybe someone wants to go home.....Well i made a B line for the door before any of the chuckle heads I worked with did.  That was embarassing.....until the check came with all the OT on it, then it was all better!

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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Been there! We used to work 12's and would rotate (days-nights) every 6 weeks. I lost track of weeks and showed up for day shift. The Sgt. waited until I got all the way into the office before asking why the h*ll I was there. We have take home cars and check on the radio with dispatch before every shift. He heard me check on but decided to let me continue on my way....could have done without that.

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 I never had it for work but did have something like that for school.  I always had to wake my sister up for school because I had to take her to school which always made me wake up before the sun and very early for school.  Well, throughout one week I was so slammed with stuff to do that I was finally able to go to bed early (around 9ish) to catch up on lost sleep.  I thought I had one of those nights that you feel you just went to bed when the alarm goes off.  I tried to shut it off but for some reason it just wasn't doing it, but the noise did finally stop.  I got up, woke my sister up, and started getting dressed.  That's when I looked at my clock and it said it was 2215 and that's when i heard a beep from the other side of the room...someone called my phone.  I went back to my sister and told her to go back to bed and I went to check my phone.  It was one of my fellow explorers asking me a question that wasn't a concern for several days and I saw him several days at school anyways.  Thankfully I was able to go back to sleep so I can be rested up to yell at him later lol.

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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Sorry Nick, it doesn't snow in Florida.........oh, and we have take home cars! You're on your own on this one! 

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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

  Nick, I've come in to work on the right day, but the wrong time before. Lulusgt, LOL !!!!

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Never attemted to work on my day off. Are you old enough to be having a senior moment?

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Nick, I feel your Pain.


I've had to drive to East Rutherford from Morris County for about 6 months a few years back.  It was when the Izod was actually Busy, and I was doing a good 46-50 hours a week between there and the Stadium.  I arrived at the Stadium about 7am, and I'm like where's is these nuts at??   (re: to Jets fans & Tailgaters)


Not too much Security, no one stopped me so at this point I know I flubbed something up. 


Made a Call to someone, and they told me with that annoying "Girrrrrrrrl", it a Night game!


First I was like , then I was like ^*&%$&^#@@!!


 


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I got a good laugh out of that one, Nick - thanks. 


I was working the midnight-0600 shift for a duty station I was a security guard at, and was still trying to flip-flop between being up all night the days I worked, and being up all day when I had the night off.  By the way - that'll mess you up.


I was scheduled for the mid-06 shift Sunday night and had worked the full midnight shift Saturday night.  I got home from church exhausted and laid down to get some sleep.  I set my alarm for 15:00 (hint:  my alarm uses a 12-hour clock), shut the blinds, and went to bed.  I woke up to my alarm at 3:00 (what the clock said), saw the clock and was instantly in a panic thinking I'd slept through half my shift.  I frantically began yanking my uniform on and was wondering why no one had called me to ask where the h*ll I was.


Then it hit me.


I stopped dead in my tracks, looked at the blinds, and saw a square of light.  Checked the time on my cell phone, and it read:  "15:03."  I then facepalmed so hard I'm surprised my forehead isn't dented.


After my heartrate slowed down from warp factor eight, I decided I needed some more sleep before I made a complete idiot of myself where others could see me.  Couple hours later I got up  and made myself useful for a few hours before work.  My partner got a good laugh at my expense when I told him about it after shift briefing.  In all fairness, I'd have laughed myself silly, too.

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Rate This | Posted about 2 years ago

 

Yup, been there - done that (going to work on a day off, that is).


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Me too!

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Nick,


Me too.   I got a lot of work done that day despite not being required to be there...

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Tallgov says ...




lol'z



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