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Old 09-22-2008, 05:30 PM
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Tinfoil works too.
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Tin foil works, too. Then you hang a heavy blanket on a curtain rod, so the tinfoil doesn't look all ugly.
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Tin foil works, too. Then you hang a heavy blanket on a curtain rod, so the tinfoil doesn't look all ugly.
Black plastic sheeting and duct tape. Works against chemical attacks, too.

But seriously, we have a shade in the bedroom of our new house, and it's dark as hell in there. And I would know, having done some consulting work on Infernal lighting options. (Turns out CFLs are more efficient than torches.)
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I'll go with it. You guys just start practising what you're going to tell the police. I'd start with "She SEEMED normal. The quiet type, you know?" but that's just me.
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I'll go with it. You guys just start practising what you're going to tell the police. I'd start with "She SEEMED normal. The quiet type, you know?" but that's just me.
"Quiet types" are usually frowned upon.

"She SEEMED normal. Nice, clean, articulate, you know?"
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lol... I know, SDog. I just can't seem to get away from the old stand-by explanation, though.
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For about 6 years I work from 7 pm to 7 am, 3 nights on, 2 off, 2 on and 3 off. I loved it. I had every other weekend off and I got an extra $1 for working at night. People called me a vampire because in the winter I would never see the light of day, but it didn't ever bother me as far as sleeping and such. Go to the fabric store and buy some blackout material. You just hang it on the inside of the window, and if you get it good and tight, zero light will comethough.
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Has anyone ever worked a night shift before? I have an interview tomorrow for ten to seven. I would think it would be hard at first, but once you get into the flow of it, it would be easier. Just curious...
In 21 years active duty, I worked a normal 9-5 dayshift for less than five years. I actually prefer midnight shift (2400-0700) because there are almost never any big bosses about and you can actually get some work done.

The best shift I ever worked was Midnight to Noon "three on and one off" (of course there was nothing else to do at that particular base except eat, drink, and play cards.)

However, if you're one of those people who can't shift their circadian rythms to night shifts, you'll hate it -- it will take at least a month for you to adapt completely, but when you do, you'll find that sunrises make you sleepy and sunsets wake you up.

(one tip: set your watch/digital clocks to show 24 Hr time. It saves o n confusion when youwake up in the dark and don't know whether it's 0-dark thirty or dinner-time.)
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(one tip: set your watch/digital clocks to show 24 Hr time. It saves o n confusion when youwake up in the dark and don't know whether it's 0-dark thirty or dinner-time.)
Nice idea. Thanks.

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Second WH's clock suggestion...it really helps the first few weeks.

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Exactly. Night shift is its own sub-culture. My favorite shift in the army that I did was 7pm-7am...I did that for 6 months in Bosnia and loved it. Dinner for breakfast, midnight chow at the chowhall and breakfast for dinner...then off to the gym and then pass out till 4 pm and do it again.
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B, if you ever need it, a good blackout shade from the fabric store will do ya, and it wont look like tinfoil or plastic sheeting. They're regular shades with a layer of something (maybe carbon?) in between the two panels of fabric. Makes them a bit heavier, but definitely blocks out the light.
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I worked night shift periodically and mostly hated it. Of course, the first time I had a one year old baby at home and it was just difficult. The second time, what made it tough was that it was not a consistent third shift. It was in the hotel industry so sometimes it was first shift, sometimes second, sometimes third. And I worked two jobs so it was either 11-7 or 12 - 8. I think if it is steadily a night shift and you've got no other commitments (pesky kids anyway) it's okay but I'm not a fan.

OTOH, my crazy grandmother worked Midnight - 8:00 for at least 25 years. She worked for the VA and got a LOT of crocheting done

I guess that was no help...
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... sometimes it was first shift, sometimes second, sometimes third.
Rotating sifts should be outlawed. I don't know of anyone who doesn't suffer mental and physical problems if they work rotating shifts for more than a couple of months.

It takes a month or so for most people to acclimate to a night-owl schedule and then another month or so to re-acclimate to a different schedule, but I don't think it's possible to really acclimate to something like "four days, one off, four swings, one off, four mids, three off" (a shift-schedule my ex-wife worked for about six months before she literally got sick of it and had to quit.)
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I used to have a boss who would schedule me for all three shifts during the course of a week. He seemed really surprised when I quit, too...
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Rotating sifts should be outlawed. I don't know of anyone who doesn't suffer mental and physical problems if they work rotating shifts for more than a couple of months.

It takes a month or so for most people to acclimate to a night-owl schedule and then another month or so to re-acclimate to a different schedule, but I don't think it's possible to really acclimate to something like "four days, one off, four swings, one off, four mids, three off" (a shift-schedule my ex-wife worked for about six months before she literally got sick of it and had to quit.)
Cops frequently rotate schedules. Might explain why so many of them are kooky.

My dad worked that rotating shift. That's where he met his current wife, shortly before i was born. 'nuff said.
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