Festive Easter Blog Post

by Chris McGinty (According To Whim .com)

So this is Christm… uh, Easter… They don’t really write songs for Easter do they? Hmm.

Well, I ended up having to do much of my Sunday night shift on Sunday morning instead. Why, you might ask? Well, it seems my relief called off, and they couldn’t have someone to relieve me until later, so I’ll be coming back much later than normal.

I think my relief called off because it’s Easter. I have no proof of this, but my theory is that whoever was scheduled to relieve me thought some really dumb thought before calling off, like, “What are they thinking, making me work on Easter. I’ll show them. I’ll call in.”

In the off chance that you’re reading this, you the one who called off, you didn’t show them anything, but you certainly showed me something. I mean, really. It is very selfish to call in unless you are seriously ill or not having you there won’t hurt the other workers. In this case, someone has to be here, and it fell on me. I thought I was going to leave at six, do some grocery shopping, and be in bed by seven. Nope. Didn’t happen. I hope you enjoyed your Easter.

I’m not the type to view something like this as misfortune though. I’d rather look to how I can utilize it to my benefit. I finished reading a book with my extra time on the clock, which is the follow up to “Watership Down” known as “Tales from Watership Down.” You’d like it. It’s about bunnies. Actually, come to think of it that fits the Easter theme a little. I’m also using my extra time on the clock to write this. So far so good on the benefit side.

The unfortunate thing is that I’d already talked to Nathan earlier this week to see if maybe I could come over for a few hours before I was supposed to be at work at 6 pm, and he had to decline because they have visitors. Now I don’t have to be in until much later. Of course, I can’t be content to just get caught up on my sleep. Nope. I’m going to take a short nap, and try to go see The Psychedelic Furs tonight.

Here’s the odd thing about this. I wanted to go to this show, but I decided against it. I’m in a similar situation to when I was working the guard job full time, and pizza delivery part time in that I’m getting a decent number of hours, and can get a few bills caught up. I feel I shouldn’t squander the opportunity too much. I want to write about regular work compared to creative work later.

For now I just want to deal with how I fully intended to miss The Psychedelic Furs to work. I even missed a couple of local shows I would have liked to have seen this weekend, because I couldn’t work around the schedule. I was of the mind to just suffer through not getting to go see shows, not getting to hang with Nathan, and whatever sacrifices, because my hours might decrease soon enough. When that happens, I’ll have plenty of time to do these other things, and maybe for a change, I’ll have some money set aside.

The thing is that the way this works out, I’m not losing any hours. The relief guard who is coming in for the one who called off will still be here for twelve hours. The number of hours I’m working this weekend isn’t changing. The only thing that is changing is when my hours off are, which happens to coincide with me making it out to see the concert. Aside from the cost of the ticket, I’m not losing anything by going.

And they say Christm… uh, Easter wishes don’t come true.

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