Today is a rare occasion for me. I haven’t worked a night shift at my department in about a year or so. It’s a lot different for me comparing to the day shift.
For one, the hours of course. They don’t really work well with me especially if I have been awake for almost 24 hours. Secondly, there are too many new officers on nights. Night shift is where everyone gets their experience in. It’s sometimes slower so you can take the time to learn your job a little bit more. I keep hating having all the newbies telling me what to do and how to do the job. It’s like since I haven’t worked a night they all think they are the know-it-all types. It annoys me a little.
So I hopped in the cruiser and off I went. Trying to stay awake while on the road. It didn’t help that the roads were super icy and all I did was slide around everywhere. I started to dose off a little bit. Not good. So I had a little something to help keep me awake.
So I bought two of these cause they were $2 for $3. Couldn’t pass up a deal like that. All that stuff really did was give me something to do and piss neon green when I had to go. The keeping awake part? It just made me more tired to be honest.
But I’m at the final stretch of the shift. Only two more hours to go. I can do this! Maybe…
Everything is starting to become more irritable to me. My duty belt is either too loose or too tight for me, my vest doesn’t sit right on me, or I just keep listening to the rookies and getting annoyed by their “salt dog warrior” stories that they feel the need to share with me. Every little thing is just annoying me right now. I feel like a baby that didn’t sleep at all.
All I’m looking forward to is going to bed then cleaning the rest of my apartment. Then I am going to the bar with another officer on Friday. Hopefully the next two days will be nice and relaxing because this coming weekend is my Marine Corps Drill.
Last thing I want to do is to be stressed out before doing stressful things.
To be fair, I do choose to put myself in certain stressful situations. like I didn’t have to pick up the shift today… Ugh…
Oh well. The night goes on!