“Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment” – The Night Shift by Brian Goldman
This coming Monday (7/17) we will finally end a marathon work effort.
13 months without a break. A day off. An hour off.
13 months of breathing dust and inhaling diesel fumes.
13 months of a form of isolation.
13 months of enduring a hostile work environment.
In retrospect, we should not have done that.
The experience has had a profound effect on us. I sense I’m experiencing something akin to the thousand yard stare.
I am so burned out.
I have always subscribed to the idea. Now I understand it. “Stop and Smell the Roses”
“He considered whether you ever found out if you had made the right decisions while you were still alive” – The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
Bob, could you explain why it was a hostile work enviroment? We’re checking into doing gate guard, but don’t want to walk into hostility. TYIA
A clash of personalities. Nothing else. The reward of Gate Guarding, besides the money, is the wonderful people you meet. Go for it and discover for yourself.
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I can’t believe you lasted that long! We made it through gate guarding for two months. Never again.
We’ve been doing it for 7 years. Some good things. Some bad things. In this case we should have taken some time off. A bad decision that got out of hand. Thanks for your thoughts.
Why only 2 months, Susan?
Cyndi, The heat, the bugs, the dust, downwind and downhill from the poisonous gas burn-off, downpours that caused a river around our 5th wheel as well as sucky, caliche mud, never had time off together, stuck out in the middle of nowhere.
We are fortunate that our security company allows us to hire replacement guards. We took a vacation the last time we worked a long term gate. It helps a lot.
We should have.
You surely need a break, brother! Hope this means you’re going to kick back for awhile, put your feet up, enjoy a few cold ones and just take in life. Old guys like us deserve it, and especially you after that marathon!
Thanks Mike I didn’t get into much detail but suffice to say I’m not in a good place right now. It’s gonna get better.